We gardeners have an advantage over the common run of the mill produce shopper.
A little while back when I dug up my sweet potatoes I was in Pete’s Produce looking at theirs and I was thinking to myself, “Heck, mine look as good as these do.” (Some of them anyway).
When I was looking at the seed catalogue and they were selling their garlic for as much as $5.00 plus shipping and handling for ONE whole garlic, I know that I can go to the grocery store and buy a clove for less than a quarter.
Cucumbers, if you’re lucky enough to catch a sale, might cost you $.50 each. We know that a $.10 pack of seeds will give you enough cucumbers to eat fresh salads every day and make pickles to crunch on for the whole winter.
Well, today I stopped at the grocery store and while I was in there decided I would try to cook something with tofu. That video on animal cruelty kind of got to me, so I’m willing to try something new.
Anyway, I noticed they had pre-packaged herbs they were selling.Â Looking at that made me so glad I braved the cold and saved my plants. Each package was selling for $2.69.
They had six five-inch pieces of Rosemary for $2.69. That puts the value of my plant at about $30.00 or $40.00.
Then they had sage. There were maybe (and I’m being generous) 20 leaves in the package. That puts the value of the two plants I brought in at about $20.00, and they didn’t grow that well.
They had chives. My one square of plants would fill at least 20 packages.
I didn’t grow dill (but I will next year). An average size plant, the size my mother-in-law grew, would be enough to fill at least five packages.
Today I went out and transplanted my little lettuce to grow under lights in the house.
Pretty soon I’ll have fancy baby lettuce leaves for next to nothing.