Does growing your own vegetables save money?
The thread started by Raptor, asking for help as a beginning gardener, has me asking this question. How many gardeners are actually saving money growing their own vegetables? I find myself wondering if anyone has actually kept track of their expenditures and calculated how many vegetables they produce and what it would cost them to buy it. I have not.
Personally, I'm sure I'm not saving money. I don't have ideal conditions. I don't have a lot of land, and the one thing that is most difficult to overcome, lack of full sun, limits the amount of food I can grow. Gardening is an activity that I just happen to love to do, so saving money on produce has not been a factor.
But I like to think that there are people who can save money growing their own food. Well, I have read accounts of individuals with a lot of love of growing and motivation who have done that, but I don't think they are the 'average' gardener.
So, what are your experiences? Are you growing to 'save money'? And do you think you are accomplishing that?