13 Apr '11, 12pm

How Much Money Can You Save By Gardening?

During the next year, Kris and I plan to track all of our work and expenses in the yard. I'm not going to tabulate how long it takes to trim the laurel or the boxwood, but I will track the following: * The cost of seeds and fertilizer. * Our approximate water usage. * The time we spend planting, weeding, and harvesting. * The amount of food we harvest. * * The cost-equivalent from the local grocery store. For example, when Kris places her seed order in the next week or two, I'll note how much she spends for a packet of tomato seeds. I'll keep track of how much she uses her grow lights (using my handy Kill-a-Watt electricity usage monitor), how much water and fertilizer we consume, how many tomatoes we harvest, and how much that would have cost us at the store.

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