Given our current economic trend, people are looking for all kinds of ways to save money and reduce expenses. One such way that is being highly touted by the media is Recession Gardening. Recession Gardening is such the fad lately, that even major news outlets like CNN and MSNBC are publishing stories about it.
We started a vegetable garden this year. We’ve wanted a nice one for years but never had the room. When we purchased our current house in October, we finally had the room the grow the garden we had been wanting to for years. Has it helped cut a food bills? Maybe a little, but its been more fun and rewarding than anything.
I was reading an interesting perspective on recession gardening recently and I’ll have to say I agree with the perspective. For many, growing a garden is a fad. Vegetable gardening is something that they’ll do while times are tight, but once the economy recovers and things get back to normal, the vegetable garden will grow over with weeds and just become part of the yard again. Some I’m sure are finding that the garden is saving them money, and I really hope that others are finding that it’s more than a money saving effort, but it’s fun.
My wife and I love working in the garden, and so do our kids. Sure, they can’t stand tiling it, and weeding it but they absolutely love going up each to check on the growth and picking the vegetables that are ready. While not big vegetable eaters, something about growing them and picking them themselves has changed their appetites for eating them.
My favorite part of the recession gardening perspective provided by the article was:
While I know that to our ancestors, an abundant garden meant survival, I hardly think we’re in that boat now. Nor do I think we will be again. Do I think we should grow as much of our own food as possible? Yes, of course. Do we need to know where our food comes from? Absolutely. But anything done out of fear is doomed to retain a negative connotation, especially for those who try it and fail (as so many of us fail, both at the beginning and throughout our gardening lives).
Are you gardening out of fear? If life returned to normal today would you continue gardening? Don’t make that mistake. Make the focus of your garden more than just a money saving opportunity. For us, it’s time spent together as a family. It’s hard work and the fruits of our labor. It’s a reminder of times before a grocery store on every corner, when families relied only on themselves to survive. Our garden is fun, and even if we had all of the money in the world we would still grow one.
Here’s a few articles on gardening that I’ve enjoyed from other personal finance bloggers that enjoy gardening:
- Square Foot Gardening Intro | Frugal Dad
- Squawkfox » DIY: Getting Dirty with Square Foot Gardening
- Square Foot Garden
- Home Gardening : What, How, And When To Plant In Your Growing …
- Backyard (Organic) Vegetable Gardening In Small Spaces. | The Good …
- Building a square foot garden | beingfrugal.net