I don't dare do the math on my garden: divide the total amount of money put into the garden each year by the number of tomatoes, melons, peppers, bunches of sage, etc. we ended up eating. Given all the mistakes I make, seedlings I buy too early only to perish in the spring rains, and cute straw hats that end up in my shopping cart, I'm probably growing $20 tomatoes.
But when done wisely, planting a garden can actually save you money on an otherwise steep organic produce bill. Or so the folks at Peaceful Valley Farm, where I buy my garden seeds, would have us think.
They have a new product, aimed at recession-thumbed gardeners: a Recovery Garden Kit.
The Standard Recovery Garden Kit has just about everything you need to start a vegetables garden: seeds to sow indoors, amenities for your seedlings like a mini-greenhouse and customizable plant labels, plus organic fertilizer.
The Premium Kit has everything in the Standard Kit plus more seed packs, a seedling heat mat, more mini-greenhouse space, plus a hand tool for transplanting seedlings.
If you're planting a garden for the first time this year, these kits are a great option. I have used Peaceful Valley's seeds for years and can tell you they sprout delicious goodness. And while you're on the site, check out their straw hats... cute!