Any seasoned vegetable gardener knows the pros and cons of growing one’s own vegetables. Cost isn’t usually one of the cons we list, but most would admit that the costs can add up – and quickly. With that in mind, this Reuters story has some good tips on what is most economical to grow in your garden.
Vegetable gardening may not be as frugal a strategy as you think it is. Just ask William Alexander, a man who wrote The $64 Tomato (Algonquin Books, 2007) after going overboard on his own garden. He did the math, and calculated that it cost that much per tomato by the time he was done “investing” in soil additives, plants, water, tomato cages, raised beds and more.
But that doesn’t stop most of us. The slow economy has prompted more people to garden than have in many years. So what if they pay for the privilege? You could argue that it is a fun and healthy hobby and “saving” money is only an afterthought. Maybe so, but it’s nice to save money in the garden, too. Here’s how.