Composters 30-50 should last 5 years
Plastic Bins for Worm Composting $24 x2 , 8-10 years
Shovels- 3 avg. cost of $15 (1new others yard sale) 8-10 yrs
Mower- $150 , should last 5-7 years with care
Hoe- 35 (10 years old- should last 10 more)
Hand tools- 40 (at least 10 year life)
Potting supplies/tool- 10 ( recycled/Freecycle’d items)
Buckets- recycle from painter or pool maintenance guy
Hoses and attachments- 50 3-5 year life
$70.10 per year
ANNUAL expense- 2012
Potting misc.- 12
Soil/ humus- 42(will be less next year )and could be free
Water from city- $70 for summer(estimate as of July)
Soap/oil/vinegar/peppers/garlic – $28 for insects and weeds
$222 for 2012 so far
Hoping to freeze tomato sauce and have 25+ SERVINGS available over the winter.
Cheapskate math = SUMMARY
My costs for this year are approximately $292.10
This is the total of the annual costs and the 1 year portion of the Long Term investments.
My cost per serving ( all plants considered equal for ease of calculation)
A serving of tomato is 1 large tomato, 1 whole cucumber, quarter/half a cabbage…..
[serving is a subjective measure, but it is my measure as a 6’8 300lb gardener and vegetarian]
As of late July I have a cost per serving of $0.89 and it is dropping as more harvest awaits.
The last cauliflower- harvested in June and had 6 servings.
I harvested a bucket of fresh Compost. It was black and soft and felt like POWER. I was planting a few flowers in Cathy’s garden and the soil was like pottery so I added some chopped oak mulch and some fresh compost. There will be plenty in the fall to feed the garden for next spring as well as the cold frame for great growth over the winter.
The extra was spread in the new cleared plot (cabbage pulled for kim chi and slaw) and seeds will be set in a day or so. Fall greens YUMMM
I bought 2 different heavy plastic compost bins a few years ago (at Lowes and Sam’s) and they make great compost with just a little work , and free added leaves, coffee, grass and scraps.
I paid less then $50 for the 2 bins and will get 5-6 more years of use so great cheapskate items – They are costing me $7.15 /year. Of course I could get cheaper and find a free trash can or similar item AND I am because it looks like I need a 3rd bin for good rotation and movement of the processing compost.
Roses, onions, squash and beans are in view
Gardens for Cheapskates is a review of my fun in the garden.
I started gardening, AS AN ADULT, for fun and therapy. Great way to clear the head= pull some weeds and plant some seeds.
The last thing I wanted to do was invest/spend a bunch of money- otherwise I could see a shrink for $125+ per hour.
I buy used tools( yard sale) , Use tools for multiple tasks and I get as much stuff for free( freecycle or other methods).
I also strive for chemical free. This is safer and also potentially less expensive.
As I kid we lived off the garden well into the next spring so now I am working in that direction.
Composting, Worms, frees stuff keep this inexpensive.
Much is /has been written about using chemicals for gardens. I have been using compost and Vermicompost ( worm poop) to feed and grow the garden.
I read about green manures in the past and have used clover and beans in the off-season to “feed” the soil for spring planting. I started growing and using Comfrey this spring and have had success. The leaves make a powerful tea that fuels great growth in the plants and is also a wonderful compost activator when poured into the piles or bins .
I now have a few mature plants and 4 new plants and hope to use the leaves as mulch next year or over the winter in the cold frame.
They will also growth and spread- so that will be fun to control but any picking, trimming will feed the garden on compost bins.
I will have 6 plants by weeks end. The leaves (to the 2 G mark) in the 5 gallon bucket were just placed there with 5 gallons of water. The bucket was closed and set to brew for 3-5 weeks, until it is a powerful deep black color and the leaves are almost gone.
It will then be diluted with an additional 5 gallons of water and used on each plants, especially any that are struggling. Any leftover will be stirred into the active compost bin or pile.