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.

3 comments:

Fletch said...

Honor the inner hippie.

Laura said...

I was sorry to hear about your tomatoes. I was lazy and ordered starts. I'm trying peppers from seed, though. We'll see... they're sort of pale and weak–looking.

8yearoldsdude said...

you are kind. it was surprisingly heartbreaking to see them after the fact. i still have 10 more tomato sprouts that i kept in reserve, so all is not lost.