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Last year’s garden abudance

By Julie Norman

Over on the Let's Get Dirty Blog Penny has been keeping track of her gardening expenses to find out if having a garden really does save you money.  So far, it hasn't saved her any, but it's VERY early to really make any sort of final determination.  That'll have to wait until fall. 

However, it got me to thinking about my own garden last year.  I purchased 2 tomato plants, a few pepper plants, 1 armenian cucumber plant and then planted some zucchini seeds from a friend. I try to be very relaxed about gardening: whatever happens happens. I try to be that way.  I'm really not that way at all.  I wasn't sure the cucumber was ever going to do anything.  It cost me probably $2.50 at Lowe's and I planted it right by a chain link fence so it could climb. 

Here is a picture of the cucumber plant just as it started to bloom:

By the end of the season it pretty much covered this whole fence.  Here's a picture of my first cucumber:

By the end of the season I can guarantee we picked over 100 cucumbers from this ONE plant. That means each cucumber cost .025 cents.  FOUR cucumbers cost 1 penny.  

I plan to try a different cucumber this year from seed.  They were given to me by a friend.  I'm definitely looking foward to even MORE savings this year from the garden!

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