or more experimentation. I added two broccoli plants, some french breakfast radishes , a couple of rows ruby red beets, and a few rows of harvest green onions. So far I’ve spent maybe 30.00 on dirt,plants, and seeds. Once the rains start coming it really shouldn’t cost much more. ( I already own fertilizer).
Gardening – esp vegetable gardening- is not necessarily a money saving venture. Have you ever read The $64 Tomato ? One man’s quest for the perfect garden. I guess that is the first lesson — don’t try to have a perfect garden. some pest somewhere will get something. The two biggest pests in my area — snails and gophers. But raising my bed 3 feet off the ground, they aren’t a problem. I thought squirrels might be a problem, but not so far. Of course by raising the bed I do have to invest more money in soil, fertilizer, and possibly water. (hard to tell about water — since it doesn’t rain around here in the summer) Of course composting and mulch could cut down on those numbers. I guess gardening is sort of a longer term investment/project.