A friend recently asked what the economic return is on the garden. It’s a good question, and one that I had not mapped out…. so I brought out my kitchen scale and checked the grocery store for market prices, and here’s what I’ve come up with so far. I emphasize, so far, as there are still many more veggies growing in the garden, and many I have not calculated.
On tomatoes…. I have now picked about 35 Lbs of tomatoes and there are still MANY on the vine. So, if you figure you pay $1.49/Lb, that’s $52.
Zucchinis, between the big, the small and the medium, my garden has produced about 80 Lbs of zucchinis. Not that I would have bought that many, and I will confess I’ve dropped zucchini off at every neighbour that has expressed even a small interest in Zucchini. At $.99/ Lb, that’s $80 in zucchini.
Cucumbers, I’m probably up to 30 Lbs, so at $.99/lb, that’s close to $30.
Broccoli, i’d say about 8 heads worth so far, so $20.
There are also the beets, lettuce, broccoli, carrots, brussel sprouts, yellow and green beans, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries so I believe I can easily say well over $200.