Often people say, when they see my garden, that I must be saving money on groceries. It would seem so because of what we can pick daily...but in truth it is not.
We are yet to cover our set up costs, seeds, compost and water costs in savings from not buying fresh veggies, and we still have to buy some items that we cannot grow ourselves.
Yesterday I had to pop into our local Fruit 'n Veg store to get greens for the chickens. I haven't been to this store for at least 3 months. While I was getting leaves from the bins I glanced up at the price boards.
5 bunches of carrots for R10
3 bunches of spinach for R10
3 bunches of beetroot for R10
At this price - how can I compare the hundreds of rands it has taken to set up my garden?
How can I compare because on the same day this was my harvest:
Simply put, I cannot compare cost for cost value....but this is something that Fruit 'n Veg can't give me:
~The satisfaction of picking my own food
~Completely pesticide free vegetables
~The peace that comes from digging in the soil
~The pleasure I get from looking at our garden
~The crispness of freshly dug out potatoes
~The sweetness of sun warmed strawberries
~The wait and anticipation of a harvest
~The skill we are teaching our children
I may never grow enough carrots to juice every day, or enough beet to cook 4 bunches at a time, but what we do have brings much joy and pleasure to us all when a meal is served with our lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, sweet corn and potatoes.