Time was, growing food at home was how you ate. Gardening put food on the table, and an especially green thumb might mean some extra money in the cookie jar. Slowly, though, as machinery and large farms took over the task, the home garden became more a hobby than a necessity.
Now, we're starting to see a change. As people everywhere look for new ways to cut their costs of living, growing food at home is taking a turn back toward the practical: Can I grow my own red pepper for less than the store price?
Considering the $2 per pepper you often see at the grocery store these days, and the $1.50 you'd pay for a plant that would grow about six of them, starting up a garden to save on food costs can seem like a sure bet.
It's not. But it is doable.
What you choose to grow and how you set up and maintain your garden will determine whether you make money, lose money or break even.
Creating and caring for a garden is no simple task, and there are a lot of decisions to make that will determine whether you recoup your start-up costs. Just a few of them include the following tips on the next page.