A recent visit to my Uncle’s house shed light on a disturbing email I received from him which said that a recession garden (even the Obamas have one) does not actually save money. GASP?!? Was I fooling myself to believe planting one could save $500?
My Uncle has been gardening for 30+ years so I took what he said as the truth:
- It takes a LOT of time to pick, freeze, juice, wash, and prepare the food grown in your backyard. My Aunt swears she has to wash the lettuce four times!
- You have so much of one thing at one time that you can’t eat it all or preserve it all by freezing or juicing. So you end up giving most of it away, which is not financially beneficial (though popular with friends and family).
- The quality is inconsistent. Sometimes the tomatoes look great, other times they are inedible.
What it comes down to is that a recession garden is time consuming and inconvenient. It’s not like going to the grocery store and pick out the tiny quantity of whatever vegetables you need, my Aunt said as she washed three pounds of snow peas.
I like the idea of growing some of my own food. But as a bargain hunter I’m curious. Has a recession garden saved you money?