Now, we’re enjoying the fruits of our labor with yummy vegetables. I thought I do a quick analysis on how much money we’ve saved so far.
Here is a summary of our original expense that we used from our tax refund.
- 1 larger planter + tray and hanging pot $30
- 5- 5 gallon buckets and trays $40
- 4 large bags of dirt $36
- Plants, bulbs, and Herbs $20 (so cheap!)
- Gardening Tools: $18.50
- Total $144.50 +tax
We keep track of course. If you pick a veggie, you’ve got to add it to the chart on the fridge.
- Squash & Zucchini- 1 (3 on the vine)
- Potatoes- Only 7 and those plants are now dead, but we hope to make tubers out of other smaller potatoes to start again.
- Bell Peppers- These 6 plants are doing great. We’ve eaten 5 peppers and there are more on the vine ripening and others still producing.
- Onions, Mint, Basil- #FAIL
- Cherry Tomatoes- This is the champ so far. 58 cherry tomatoes with dozens more to go.
Summer Garden ROI
How much have we saved on our grocery bill by having our urban garden? I’ll do a bit of fuzzy math to calculate using this chart to help.
- Squash & zucchini- Price is listed as $1.50 a pound, so I’m guess only .25 savings.
- Potatoes- I’m guessing we saved $1.38 on these.
- Bell Peppers- I’m going with $1.50 each and that might be low, considering we have a variety of colors. Price $7.50
- Cherry Tomatoes- I found that 38 cherry tomatoes are in a pint and a pint is $2.53. So it would cost us $3.86 to buy our cherry tomatoes from the store.
- Total $12.99
- ROI: Expense $144.50 – Earnings of $12.99= -$131.51 (I’m thinking we’ll have a loss this season)
Looking Towards the Fall
We’ve still many veggies left to pick, but I’m already plotting our Fall garden. Any suggestions?
How is your garden going? Have you ever calculated your garden ROI?