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Who says growing your own veggies saves money?

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by , 05-01-2009 at 11:07 PM (1400 Views)
Spent $29.23 in gardening supplies today. Last month, I had to set up raised beds in the dogs' run to protect all future veggies from the ground squirrels. Had to buy the wood for the frames, and then I had to buy hardware cloth, to keep out the gophers. Followed by tomato cages, which, when expanded, act as a pretty good fence to keep my dogs out of the beds. Followed by bags of garden soil, because the run is set up in such a way that a truck would not be able to back up with a bulk delivery of soil. Right now, I'm watering by hand, but will have to go out and get a new hose and drip line, so I won't be a slave to hand-watering daily.

I keep telling myself that this stuff will all last for years, and so I can amortize the cost over the years, and my veggies will EVENTUALLY cost less than grocery store veggies, but for this year, if I factor in the cost of the beds, I will have some of the most expensive veggies I've ever eaten!! Maybe that will make me appreciate them that much more....

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Updated 05-02-2009 at 09:39 AM by madhen

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  1. Debbie-cat's Avatar
    Yes, but remember, they will also be the best tasting veggies you have ever eaten!
  2. fixer's Avatar
    The point I wonder about is this. If I value my produce at supermarket prices, I go in the hole. However, if I value them at the prices received at our local farmers market, I think I at least break even.
  3. madhen's Avatar
    I try to buy organic, which brings up the price of supermarket veggies/fruit significantly, so I do think I will ultimately break even or end up spending less. More importantly, I will know where my food is coming from and I will be taking my little private stand against "importing" all my food from other countries.

    This coming week marks the start of the seasonal certified California farmers' markets, as well, in which everyone who has a booth has to provide produce grown locally, so I'll be hanging out at those places, as well!! There are three or four that are within walking distance of my office.
  4. LastDragonfly's Avatar
    I have an expensive garden plot too. However, I also factor in that satisfaction of knowing that I am eating my own produce....and that for me gardening is like therapy....it's cheaper than a therapist.
  5. Thevail's Avatar
    I did a bunch of that myself this year. It can be quite maddening!

    Still, I do like seeing the dear little green things pop their heads above ground!

    Think of it this way.. you're also raising your property value!
  6. IndigoMom's Avatar
    Oh my,I SO know what you mean! It really is an investment. But worth it in thelong run. I just know that I am not willing to spend as much for the green pepper to go into the chili as we do the meat this next winter. That was just crazy.
  7. madhen's Avatar
    Bell peppers were the catalyst to get me serious about my garden this month. Not only are they ridiculously priced, but they were all from Mexico. I have been boycotting grapes for months now, and it now seems that I won't have bell peppers until someone here in California figures out that you can grow them in so Cal pretty much year round!!

    Our CCFM (Calif Certified Farmers' Markets) starts up for real this coming week, and several of the weekly markets are close to my work, so I am going to check those out this week and supplement those items that I didn't have time/room to plant this year.