Is growing your own food an economy?
November 18, 2015 8:01am CST
The olives are now off the trees and their oil is in our storecupboard. The olive harvest is over and we picked enough olives to keep us in oil for another year. When we worked out how long it took and the money we saved it does seem like it was not the best investment of our time. Usually we grow vegetables but this year my husband was not well enough so we left the allotment to the weeds. The year before we had spent a lot of money improving the soil but the yield was disappointing, it all seemed to come at once and again a lot of work was required to prepare and freeze the vegetables. Being self sufficient seemed quite a romantic idea but time has proved that it is only worth doing for some vegetables, such as tomatoes that have no flavour at all in the shops.
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• New Bedford, Massachusetts
18 Nov 15
Nothing beats the flavor of your own freshly harvested produce. Your own compost pile and gathering your own seeds can make your gardening self-sustaining. Too many have lost the knowledge of growing their own food. Putting up your food can be daunting. In retirement, time is no problem. Money is.
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• United States
20 Nov 15
i reckon lots depends 'pon what's available in yer neck'f the woods. those gardens're lots 'f work, labors 'f love. my fav'rite thingy 'bout growin' my own is i know 'xactly what's been in the soil 'n water that tend my plants. i also know that what i've put up is free 'f preservatives, picked 't their pick 'f flavor 'n fer myself, 'tis worth the effort. there's other bonuses's well fer me. jest playin' in the dirt, prunin', weedin' - bein' out in nature 'n gettin' 'xtra exercise 's well :) big hugs!
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Nov 15
I've just done a post on this. It is much more economical to buy our fruit and vegies although we live in an ideal climate for such produce. The local farmers do it much better than we do. We're able to get local produce at reasonable prices. There is no way we'd be in front if we tried to grow our own.
20 Nov 15
There is a small problem with local produce here because of a river and land that has been polluted by factories. That makes me a little wary of the market but perhaps more confident of the supermarkets which, one hopes, researches producers before taking their goods.
• Oxford, England
18 Nov 15
The best thing about growing your own food is that you can guarantee it has no nasty pesticides used on it( unless you don't care ) It does take time, but if you have plenty it is a great way to get outside and commune with nature in a productive way
• Calgary, Alberta
18 Nov 15
O, I used to do gardening in our backyard. I used to plant tomatoes, red peppers, and even tried eggplants. But gardening takes so much of our time and energy. I decided to stop and just buy vegetables in the grocery store where I work part-time. Anyway, I got 10 percent discount,
21 Nov 15
With seeds, fertilizer, labor and every thing getting costlier it is practically impossible to be self sufficient in our context as well. I am not a farmer but live in a farming region. Farmers grow whatever brings them more profit and buy things of their need. However, I grow some vegetable and green leaves in my kitchen garden. This saves me some money and I get to eat my homegrown vitamins. I use bio-manure(mainly cow dung), which makes the vegetable healthier and tastier.
20 Nov 15
You can grow stuff organically, organically food are expensive when we buy them. I agree investment is high and so is labor. But you know what you put into your mouth when you grow your own veggies. Also investment is high only for the initial couple of years.