Home vegetable gardens are often promoted as a way to cut household costs by providing low-cost access to fruits and vegetables. How much can gardeners expect to spend and recoup from their efforts? An analysis of published data suggests that home vegetable gardens are profitable, if the fair market value of garden labor is excluded from calculated costs. On average, home vegetable gardens produce $677 worth of fruits and vegetables, beyond the cost of $238 worth of materials and supplies. Local environmental conditions, gardening practices, and crop choices will influence the actual net value realized by individual gardeners.
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Langellotto, G. A. (2014). What Are the Economic Costs and Benefits of Home Vegetable Gardens?. The Journal of Extension, 52(2), Article 14. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol52/iss2/14