my morning reading - A Growing Trend!
On the front page of the Boston Globe today is a great article about an increase in home vegetable gardens! Awesome.
A few snippits from the article: Seed sales are up 20% ... Boston has 3000 community gardens and hundreds of people on the wait list currently (plot fees are $30) .... people turn to gardening in economic slowdowns ... gardeners at least partly motivated by saving money ... 15 healthy tomato plants will produce about 100 pounds of tomatoes ...at $3.99/lb ...$400 ... estimated to cost $55 to grow those 15 tomato plants.
Wow. $400-$55 is a savings of $345! Of course, this doesn't add in the time you spend. Digging, weeding, watering... If you add that in the savings are enormous. Its a wonderful way to spend time and itself worth an enormous sum...
And here's an interesting related post from yesterday at Garden Rant: Seed sales double in response to rising costs.