The way I figure it, when our first tomato hits the plate, it’ll cost $750 per ounce, give or take a few thousand.
Then again, a Boeing 777-300ER cost $298.3 million in 2011, and that’s before you start even thinking about insurance. It’s a matter of perspective!
Now I could gather up every receipt for every bit of seed, potting soil, garden trowel, hardware cloth, concrete blocks, cable ties, self-watering pots, plastic carrier thingies, sun hat, sunblock, peat pot, baby plant, big gallon buckets, cutting board, huge plastic bowls, and dripper for Miracle Gro – but I won’t. Others have done this already, and here’s a few:
- Vegetable Garden Cost/Benefit Analysis – Henbogle
- The Money Garden – Marie Iannotti in Gardening About.com
- How Much does a Vegetable Garden Cost/Save? – OSU Master Gardener(tm) (one of my favorites and the most current, plus she’s in Oregon)
I’m new at this gardening stuff when compared to those who have gardened all their lives and raise state-fair-prize-winning pumpkins upward of 150 pounds without batting an eye. I know I haven’t bought everything I’ll ever need. Heck, I still need a rocking compost bin and a proper suite of multi-purpose garden hoses. But I liken the garden adventure to a credit card commercial:
- Flower Seeds: $2.98
- Hand Trowel: $5.99
- Gardening gloves: $7.50
- Seeing sprouts in a peat pot: Priceless