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Gardening: It is Not About The Money

Updated on May 27, 2011

saving money is not the reason

If your main reason for growing your own herbs, vegetables and flowers is to save money, you may well be disappointed.

Seeds and seedlings are often quite inexpensive and tomato plants, for example are a real bargain. I can often buy six plants for under two dollars and teach plant will produce more, much more than, two dollars worth of tomatoes. However, it takes weeks for the plants to produce one edible tomato. In addition, I need to care for them regularly, possibly on a daily basis if they are in containers and the weather is hot which tomatoes like.

I do not grow tomatoes to save money, I grow them for two reasons; one is taste, the other, well I will get to that in a minute.

First, taste, a tomato picked off the vine of a plant that is growing on your patio, balcony or backyard simply tastes better than any other tomato. Tomatoes I buy at the farmers’ market, grown by local farmers come close, supermarket tomatoes are a dismal experience at best.

This goes for cucumbers, green beans and so on and is especially so if the plants were grown from heritage seeds.

Now I do begin to realize savings when I save seeds, but that is another story.

The second reason I choose to grow my own vegetables, herbs and flowers is more complicated. It has to do with my need to be directly connected to the source of my food. Now, I cannot do this with all that I eat but I can do it for some of the food I need and enjoy.

This connection also serves to keen my awareness of nature and the relationship between the elements, (rain, sun, soil, air) to the food I eat and thereby to myself. Gardening also enables me to create space for the other creatures who inhabit our ecosystem and many of whom are necessary to keep my garden growing.

If the soil is fouled or lacking in essential minerals the food we eat is similarly affected. This also applies to the water and the air.

Of course, without the sun, photosynthesis would not take place and there would be no food available.

I do not garden to save money, I garden because I enjoy fresh food and I garden because that is what I see my role on this earth to be, a gardener; someone who looks after, cares for and tends the land.

two views

Community garden early Spring Bob Ewing photo
Community garden early Spring Bob Ewing photo
a few weeks later, Bob Ewing photo
a few weeks later, Bob Ewing photo


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  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thank you and I agree fresh is home grown. Thanks for dropping by.

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    9 years ago

    The only time I find that growing your food own pays off is when you grow your own fruit. Strawberries, melons, raspberries, peaches, especially white peaches, can be prohibitively expensive even if you buy commercial fruits; buying organic is out of the question. However, the true delight in growing your own food is eating food fresher than what you could buy in the store. I read somewhere that corn loses its nutritional value in the first 30 min. after picking.

    You've written some great Hubs on gardening Mr. Ewing.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks, glad you enjoyed it, thanks for dropping by.

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    Hello, hello, 

    9 years ago from London, UK

    I just love it and thank you for a lovely hub to read

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Watching the garden grow is indeed a thrill, thanks for dropping by and happy gardening.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    The satisfaction of growing your own food besides the taste are you know for sure there are no pesticides or chemicals. Plus there is a thrill in watching your hard work pay off.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Happy gardening and thanks for droping by.

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    9 years ago from Florida

    I garden to see the things I plant grow. that gives me a lot of pleasure,gardening also relieves stress. I like eating fresh produce and fruit. Nice hub!


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