Diversification is helping George Benyon stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The owner of Peards Albury is grateful for customer support and the federal government's initiative to keep employees in jobs put at risk by the pandemic.
A jump in house-bound customers with newfound green thumbs means the nursery business under the Peards name is going strong, but the "Jobkeeper payment" will be used for their cafe.
"The cafe puts 2500 people through a week, takeaway is not what we do ... that came as a rude shock," Mr Benyon said.
"We closed the cafe, I had a meeting with all the staff and told them I would keep them all on.
"We're down about 75 per cent ... but the government has given us a stimulus to help us with profits.
"We're organising the roster for takeaways so the staff will get more than the $750 a week, with penalties and things like that, so they're happy.
"They all thought about losing their jobs.
"We've got to keep pumping them up."
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Mr Benyon feels lucky to be operating when many businesses have shut their doors.
"A lot of our business is the tradies; the tradies are buying from the soils and sand yard and that's keeping everything going," he said.
"Our seedlings are selling out, people are home and buying veggies to put in the garden.
"The public are supporting us, we have a really good clientele.
"I run around all day thanking my customers, because my customers are my base."