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BFP Garden Project: $29 Kick-off

Posted By Jim On 05/14/2008 @ 1:04 pm In Frugal Living | 10 Comments

My wife and are planning on putting together a small little garden of potted plants that have had success with in the past. Our deck doesn’t get a tremendous amount of sun because of enormous trees behind our property but it gets enough that we’ve had pretty good success growing tomato and peppers in the past. This year, we’ve decided to give the garden project another go and document our progress.

This past weekend, we visited our local farmers market and picked up $29 worth of plants and potting soil and anticipate that will be the extent of our expenses besides water. Due to prior garden projects, we have a sufficient number of planters as well as some fertilizer, so we should be set in those departments.

For $29 we were able to pick up:

  • Cayenne Pepper (2)
  • Eggplant (2)
  • Thai Basil (1)
  • Hot Pepper – Kung Poa (1)
  • Sweet Basil (1)
  • Orange Bell Pepper (2)
  • Patio Tomato (1)
  • Oregano (1)
  • Super Steak Tomato (6)
  • Green Sweet Bell Pepper (6)
  • Roma Tomato (6)
  • 40 lbs. Country Boy Potting Soil

As they grow, we’ll compare them to the grocery store prices and see if the whole garden process is “worth it.” My hypothesis is that the financials will come close and the real value is in being able to say you’re somewhat self-sustainable (and gardening is fun!).

Right now, tomatoes on the vine are going at $2.79 a pound, orange bell peppers were $2+ a pound (by far the most expensive of the bell peppers), and green bell peppers were under $2 a pound. While I don’t see us getting ten pounds of tomatoes, they’re certainly the most valuable of the vegetables we purchased.


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