Much of the cost of gardening depends on where you live. A friend of mine, living in southern Arizona, decided to plant a small garden. Because of the soil in the area, she needed to create a raised bed (purchased), buy topsoil, add irrigation, buy fencing to keep the animals out of the garden, buy shade cloth to protect the plants from the hot sun, and buy plants. By the time she eats her first home-grown tomato, if they haven't been killed by the 100+ degree temperatures, it will cost her over $700, and that doesn't include the work involved in weeding, or the additional water and sewer costs due to the additional - daily - irrigation required.
By her own admission, it will take at least 5 years to break even, assuming any of her plants survive.
- 8/12/2012 1:32:08 PM