Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Thanks to Michelle Obama, there has been a lot of forward and backlash about growing your own vegetables and whether it really saves money. yes there are some capital costs like seeds/seedlings and a shovel, but the opportunity costs are really the make-or-break section of the analysis. It is reasonable to assume that you will spend 100 hrs in your garden in a given summer. Either you like gardening or you don't. and if you don't, it will never feel like the cash conserved (maybe $150/year if you only grow items with high retail prices--my strategy) was worth the trouble. (the payback being ~$1.50/hr). but if you enjoy it, then you receive a double win. you get many hours of physically vigorous, emotionally engaging recreation that are free and displace other weekend activities like urban hanging out which involves shopping and/or purchasing prepared foods.
Posted by 8yearoldsdude at 12:05 PM