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
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.