Does a Garden Really Save Money?

I have heard endless discussion on the financial merits of a garden.  Many claim that you end up spending more on a summer veggie garden than you could ever hope to recoup.  While it is possible to go overboard and suffer a miserable harvest -- this is the exception, and not the rule.  We have found it very reasonable to put together a small garden with just what we want in it, for just a few dollars out of pocket!

Here is today's bounty:  one medium cucumber (our first), a nice head of kohlrabi, and our second harvest of snow peas.

When my husband and I had originally decided NOT to plant a garden this year, it was for a good reason.  Our new baby was coming fast, and we had not even begun to get our yard the way we wanted it for our first summer living in this house.  We couldn't pass up the clearanced veggie plants at the local farm store, however.  For 50cents, we could get a 4-pack of some slightly droopy veggies that were leftover from the initial purchasing rush the weeks before.  We bought broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, brussels, and kohlrabi.  We also paid less than a buck each for tomatoes, peppers, and a handful of onion bulbs.

Our initial investment of around $10 (including some bean, pea, squash, and watermelon seeds) will get us a sure profit on our cash spent -- and little time has been dedicated beyond my husband's initial tilling, planting, and fence-building.

Here is our lovely salad, made from a premixed bag and our snow peas and cuke.

We also sliced up the kohlrabi (my kids love snacking on the slices)

and made a nice skillet meal from some red potatoes, 1/2 an onion, and a bologna ring I got on manager's special for 99 cents.

We ate very well today for just 40 cents a person!


Jennifer | July 9, 2010 at 12:05 PM

The salad looks delicious! I couldn't agree with you more though - you will almost always save money when gardening.

The Freelance Farmer | July 9, 2010 at 12:51 PM

Yes, and I can eat almost anything (including bologna) when I have some yummy fresh things to eat with it. LOL

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