Monday, April 12, 2010

Tracking expenses

Last year I did a bad job of keeping track of how much this garden cost me. I tried. I kept a good record at the beginning. But I didn't keep track when I started buying the potting soil and the window box planters. Why? Because they were damn expensive and I don't want to admit to how much I shelled out.

But, I feel a little better about it now. Why? Because I'm pretty sure this year's garden is going to cost very, very little now I have the containers and soil. I don't need (have room for) more. And the hubby asked me to scale back this year so we can actually fit a couple people out there :)

I have a lot of leftover seeds from last year — and I'll probably have more left for next year, too. Lettuce, peas, carrots... Plus, I saved the seeds my nasturtiums made! (And I got free nasturtium seeds from Renee's Garden!!!) I overwintered most of my herbs — so don't have to buy new plants. I will have to buy basil, peppers, and eggplant seedlings, and maybe a few other vegetables. Maybe, and it's a big maybe, I'll try a tomato. I don't generally like tomatoes, except in salsa. So, I'd just have to resign myself to eating a lot of salsa. Oh, shoot. :)

And I want to build a trellis around the sliding glass doors and vines to grow up it. Those won't be edible unless I do it with the nasturtiums. I wanted clematis, but I'll give the nasturtiums a shot at it this year and see how they do.


  1. I try to keep track of the garden expenses too, but short of having a dedicated register with you all the time and then being sure to record in it, I'm not counting on me ever being able to do it!

  2. Another way for free seeds? I have been trying to share a lot this year, because I went crazy ordering them. I have tons. Let me know if you'd like a few from my list. Some are currently out (I just tossed a few packets of cool-season crops into my community garden plot), but I should have everything you just mentioned (basil, peppers, eggplant, etc.).

    I stopped tracking expenses. It's the only way that I'll keep buying stuff--if I tracked, I wouldn't be able to justify spending any more!

  3. I'm kinda scared of finding out how much money I spend on plants, seeds, gardening supplies - I started tracking my expenses when I was unemployed this winter, and may pick out the gardening part of them some time. I recently read that the average Austrian spends € 70 a year on plants. I wonder how much more I spend.