Last week on our Frugal Friday post about Extreme Couponing, there was a discussion on how to save on fresh fruits and vegetables, since coupons for these items are rare. The Prudent Homemaker brought up a great point. She thinks the best way to save on produce is to grow your own.
Two years ago, the Wall Street Journal tried to estimate what a vegetable garden can save you. The key: keep your capital costs down. They estimate putting in a raised bed with compost and soil is $80. If you do this once, you’ll be reaping the benefits for years to come.
Burpee, a large seed provider, estimates if you spend $1 on the seeds of green beans, it will yield $75 worth of crops. For $1 of potato seeds, you yield $5 of potatoes.
Variable costs include water, fertilizer, and pesticide. One of the best ways to keep water costs down is a drip irrigation system. If you install this yourself (instruction on Lifehacker). It will cost around $100, but remember this is a capital cost.
Do you think you can make the math work on your garden?
This post is linked to Frugal Friday on Life as Mom.
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