Vegetable Gardening is a winner in the recession

Well I have been talking about the financial benefits of vegetable gardening for quite some time now and looks like US News and World Report agrees with me.  They have given “Home Gardening” the number one winner of the recession.

They tout statistics such as Park Seeds and Burpee showing 20-25% sales growths and the Burpee research that found $50 worth of seeds and fertilizer can yield $1,250 worth or produce.  I must say 2500% is a pretty good return on investment, especially in today’s economy.

7 Responses to “Vegetable Gardening is a winner in the recession”

  1. Cindy Says:

    I hope that $50 worth of seeds can grow $2500 worth of food because I spent a lot more than that starting my garden this year. I was hoping to break even. If I use those stats I won’t have a problem, but I really doubt that they are correct.

  2. Cheese Says:

    I agree with Cindy. Particularly as these statistics are being put out there to encourage first time vegetable growers, there is a significant spend on tools, containers etc. to get up and going.

  3. The Cheap Vegetable Gardener Says:

    I agree with both of you, only can trust statistics from a seed seller so much. But assuming you had perfect soil in your backyard which happened to be freshly tilled, weed free, and it rains at perfect intervals the numbers might be right. Still some motivating numbers,

  4. Red Icculus Says:

    My investment for my garden this year was about $10. I save seeds and get a lot of gardening supplies like compost for free. We have a lot of cost-saving measures around the house and this is one of them.

  5. Cassandra Says:

    This summer we’ll have our third garden in this house, and I’m hoping that we’ll finally start saving money. The past couple of years, there were so many things to buy that I just hoped we would break even. I think some of those numbers also assume you have a huge plot, not a typical small, urban garden.

  6. Carrie Says:

    We spent $50 in seeds… I hope my gardens does that ($$$) good. So far that was our only expense…. We bartered farm work for a truck load of manure. Worked great for both parties.

  7. lirv Says:

    I really try to do all the gardening on the cheap. I use the compost from the leaves we raked up the previous fall – the soil is rich and black. I’m vastly expanding the garden this year, and have found good advice and help at Some of you who are spending so much money might want to check it out!

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