This is the question I have been struggling with this month....is all the time and money that has gone into our garden this year, worth what we get out of it?? We have been gardening for the past 4 summers and each summer we learn a little more and get a little better. Last year was the year of the cucumber but this year we had only 4. This year we had oodles of tomatoes but the plants were too close together and shaded out our peppers (see the albino pepper below) and we lost a bunch of them due to overcrowding. The Swiss chard never grew, the zucchinis were eaten by animals while I was away, my potted plants could not stay wet enough in our dry, hot weather and I spent $35 on a garden sitter while we were on vacation!
So is it worth it?? Should I take the money we put into the garden (seeds, soil, plants, fence, water, sitter) and put it into trips to the farmers market?? We do get plenty of vegetables from our CSA and maybe that would be enough. Not to mention all the time I'd save from not gardening....I am not sure what to do.
The thing is that I enjoy gardening. I enjoy starting with a tiny seed and growing it into something that we can eat and enjoy. Gardening is calming for me and a nice way to get outside. It has also been a great experience for the kids too. I love that they are participating in the growing of their own food and learning how plants grow. Check out Lil'C's mini pumpkins from her pumpkin garden ;) We grew these from seed over the winter....so cute!
So maybe the answer is to scale back on the garden next year. Perhaps next year we can grow Lil'C's mini pumpkins, some carrots for Z and create a small salsa garden (peppers and tomatoes) for the family. I will get rid of the containers (other than my herb box) and spread out the rest of the plants in our bigger garden bed. Hopefully this new plan will be easier to execute and far less expensive :)
Welcome to Raising Z and Lil' C, a little blog all about raising my 6 year old son and my three year old baby girl. I am a former teacher and now a SAHM. I love to write about our journey towards a more simple life, our daily struggles, share cute stories and love to share good ideas when I find them. I hope you will join me on the ups and downs of this journey called motherhood.