Murphy Family Turns Hobby Garden Into Cash


Gardening is a family affair for the Heise family. They have a busy household with four boys all under nine years old. Their garden is a  way for their children to play outside in the dirt and to learn about nature. Together they have nurtured their garden for the past four years and today it boast of five different cucumbers, squash, watermelon, pumpkin, cantaloupe and corn.


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While mom and dad oversee the day to day care, it’s their nine year old and oldest son, Ryan, who is profiting from the harvest. Every Friday you can find him on the corner of Heritage Parkway and Ashley Place from 3:30 p.m. until around 5:30 p.m. selling the fresh produce. He has made over $350 dollars this summer and bought his first go-kart with the earnings!


The Heise  have no real secret to keeping this great garden other than watering and spraying pesticides really late at night. This year the Heise say the having difficult time with pest damaging their squash. This has been an issue that I have heard from several gardeners. I have experienced this myself in the last two years. So far this year my squash has been growing strong…yah!

I really appreciate the Heise family for opening up their backyard to me.


As a professional real estate agent, I know that backyards sell homes. The addition of well maintained garden beds or landscaped areas for growing flowers could help your home sell quickly and for more money. They key is having a great plan for the layout of your backyard. You may want to consult with a landscaper to get ideas. For landscape architect referrals or have real estate questions, email me at

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And by the way, the cucumbers and squash you gave me were fabulous! Thanks again!

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