Home gardening saves money

Posted 9 years ago by Adam Gautsch

With higher gas prices, poisioned tomatoes and the like I've been reading a bunch about how the home garden can save cash. The NYT is the latest writing about this trend.

Cassandra Feeley prefers organic ingredients, especially for her baby, but she finds it hard to manage on her husband’s salary as an Army sergeant. So this year she did something she has wanted to do for a long time: she planted vegetables in her yard to save money.


Nobrainer ~ 9 years ago

Thrilled as gardening experts are about this phenomenon, they know that many first timers don’t have any idea how much sweat equity is involved.

“Many people I sold seeds to have never gardened before,” Ms. Melera said, “and we have to find a way to educate them so the experience is successful. They have got to be taught.”

Mr. Ball of Burpee knows some of the new gardeners won’t stick with gardening beyond the first year. “Some people can’t get with the idea of digging a hole; getting buggy, sticky and hot,” he said. “Gardening is an active hobby; it’s a commitment.”

I think that pretty well sums it up.

I participate in this hobby, and I enjoy it. However, it is a hobby and isn't about dollars and cents. If you want to improve your food budget, unless you are literally stuck at home, then taking a job elsewhere is the best way to go.

Adam Gautsch ~ 9 years ago

I certainly think education on gardening is a big key. It seems to me it would be in the seed industry's (Big Seed!?) best interest to keep people interested in gardening for the long haul.

Maybe a website of sorts could be created.

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