Planting a garden is a great way to both save money and get a lot of green in 2009. By investing a little of your landscaping budget into veggie gardening, you’ll reap 25 times that value in a bounty unrivaled by storebought greens.
Burpee harvested this amazing stat at the conclusion of a ten-year-long cost analysis study, in which the seed company determined the cost and savings for those growing their own vegetables at home instead of purchasing the same items at their local market.
According to the study, spending $50 on seeds and fertilizer will help you save $1,250 worth of produce in a home-grown garden. The only other things needed to save money are a bit of pre-planning, a small and sunny plot (which can also take the form of planters or raised beds lining the perimeter of your yard), and light maintenance during the growing season.
Depending on the vegetable varieties you choose, planting your veggie garden can begin as soon as winter comes to a close, and succession planting will keep new produce rolling into your kitchen once early crops have been harvested.
Planting a vegetable garden also gives your family a very affordable opportunity to try out heirloom and otherwise-gourmet varieties that can be costly market purchases, as well as assurance of a truly organic product.
Planting your own garden may not be in your immediate thoughts, but it’s not a moment too soon if you’d like to save money and enjoy the fruits of your labors for the growing season.