Kitchen Gardens International may have just answered the question, "Does my vegetable garden makes any money or is a money pit?" Their most recent article is "What is a Home Garden Worth?" Their conclusion is that it about US$1.50 per square foot for a mixed planting. My vegetable garden is about 20x20 feet though in a really contorted way since it isn't square by any stretch of the imagination. My fruit garden is about 4x24 feet. So my vegetable and fruit gardens should be worth about $675.
The poor fruit garden might have trouble keeping up with this since 3/4 of the garden was planted in blueberries just last year. They will hardly be up to par with their harvests yet and if I listen to some of the experts I ought to pick off all of my blossoms this year too. But I'll be honest. If there is a chance of me getting blueberries from the garden this year, I'm going to take it. I'm not picking any flowers off just because I'm supposed to. I'm going to listen to the experts that say I can get a small harvest this year. I'm much happier with that. I want blueberries on my cereal in the morning.
The estimate they give is good news. If true it means I certainly will be well on the plus side when I add my garden up. I swear I spend as much for my small little garden as they do for their huge one. I think there are some economies of scale. You can buy things in bulk and actually use up your packets of seed. The other nice thing about their site is the pricing. It will give me a good start on what to price things at. I'll use my own in season pricing as much as possible, but it is great to have something to put on the spreadsheet before it all starts.
And as to yesterday's blizzard, we got about a foot of heavy wet snow. I shoveled for a little over two hours. My muscles are shouting complaints at me this morning. I keep telling them it is just exercise to get them ready for flipping compost this spring, but they are having none of that. I'll leave you with the before and after photos.