Money To Live

July 7, 2013

Grow your own

Filed under: cost analysis,home,savings,simplify — by moneyconsciously @ 11:20 am

Assuming an already-established garden spot, i.e. neglecting start-up infrastructure, growing your own fruit and vegetables can be extremely cost effective.

Arugula / rocket lettuce: Half a dozen healthy plants in the garden provided my salads every day or every second day. Cost of seedlings: ~$4. Cost of arugula: $8/month. Savings: $4 in the first month, then $8/month.

Kale: I’ve just planted kale and estimate at least the above savings.

Kumquats: A mature tree in citrus season produces a lot of fruit! Cost of a small tree: ~$10. Cost of a jar of marmalade or relish: ~$5. Savings over three jars/year for five years: ~$65.

Herbs: A variety of herbs can be used for garnishes, flavour, sauces… Cost of four varieties of herb seedlings: ~$15. Cost of one store-bought fresh herb per month over a year: ~$30. Savings: ~$15.

Sweet potato: When a sweet potato in the kitchen started sprouting, I sliced off the sprouting piece and nurtured it. Cost of starter slip: free. Cost of half a dozen sweet potatoes: >$5. Savings: >$5.

Gardening can be yummy, fresh and cheap!

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