I was out in the garden this morning after work, sweating like crazy, and the thought occurred to me: I wonder how much this garden really costs? Here is my thinking. You know how you can play with your wage, factoring in travel time, cost for work clothes, eating out, gas, etc. and come up with a very depressingly low wage per hour? I was thinking about applying that same principal to my garden, but in reverse. Not that I would ever quit gardening, even if each bean ended up costing me $5. I am just curious. If I factored in time spent looking through seed catalogues, the cost of the seeds, the cost of the tools I use, the time I spend in the garden, what I spend to preserve my harvest for the winter months, what would the cost really add up to? The knowledge that I can feed my family healthy, chemical free, natural food is priceless (as the commercial likes to say), but the thought keeps tickling at the back of my mind.
I would like to keep track next growing season of what I spend and how much time I spend in the garden. Of course, that is a lot of fiddly work, and I am sure I will forget. Still, I would like to try it. My curiosity demands to be satisfied.