Some people don't garden because they think it cost a lot of money. Some people garden because it saves a lot of money. Both are right ... depending on the timeframe. When one starts gardening, one has some one-time outlays. Some are needed. Some are foolish. A list is provided of both from this gardener's experiences.
In 2012, this gardener's plot produced about $1.75 in vegetables per sq.ft. The figure was higher for some vegetables and less for others. With the worsening food crisis from droughts, money benefits will increase as grocery store prices rocket out of sight. Remember, the money saved is tax-free, that is, you would have to earn 50% or more in wages to buy the same amount of food which will not taste as good. Also, you will gradually replace your expensive "shop-till-you-drop" anxiety reduction routines with a cheap "grow till you glow" anxiety prevention routine. As the value of gardens increase so will the market value of your home.
In general, it has been found that seeds, water and fertilizer costs between two and five cents for each grown dollar of food. In 2012, the following were recorded
I did not keep track of the tomatos produced since I ate them all the time as well as gave many, many away. I know that canned over 200 quarts using tomatos for salsa, sauce, and soups. In 2013, I intend to can over 25 gallons of tomato juice (watching Downton Abbey in the process as well as other DVDs)
One can look at the cost/benefits of individual plants.
Thus, the cost of growing a plant is at most sixty cents ($.30 + $.20 + .10). Consider the yield of some plants.
More important than money is mental happiness. Between the money savings and the mental rewards of a garden, a garden is a good investment of one's time and money.
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