Erin, over at Garden Now - Think Later, did a post about the value of our home grown veggies, and requested we enter our numbers for comparison. I happened to keep a spreadsheet on what my harvests weighed last year, so it was a simple job to calculate the monetary value of my 2009 garden. I did make a big error in my comment to her, when I entered the numbers from an incomplete chart. I noticed the error when the total weight was more than 200 pounds below my actual total for the year! So, here are my actual totals.......(*click on photos to enlarge)
Of course, there were expenses. Since my daughter bought my garden seeds for my Christmas present, my out of pocket cost remained quite small for the year. I'm afraid I wasn't very good about keeping track of it after the initial expenditures in the spring, but I don't remember spending much more during the season.
Value of my 2009 home grown veggies: $3,200.41 Less expenses: $231.10 Net value: $2969.31