The other day, as I was talking about my allotment – and probably because she knows about my interest in everything frugal – a colleague asked me if gardening saved me a lot of money.
My first instinct was to say yes but I realised that it was more complicated than that. Yes it does save money in that every thing I grow myself I won’t need to buy later on but, on the other hand, I also spend money I wouldn’t spend if I didn’t have a garden.
However, for once, the money aspect is not the most important. Growing my own veg gives me the opportunity to not only try vegetables that I have never seen in normal supermarkets…
but also different varieties of everyday veg like these potatoes:
or these tomatoes:
Ask any gardener and, if they’re completely honest, they will tell you about their addiction to seeds. Not so long ago you would spend long winter evenings perusing seed catalogues, weighing the pro and cons of each veg (or flower), making lists, planning and plotting. You would then place your order or go to the garden centre where you would feel like a kid in a candy shop, surrounded by so many offerings.
Nowadays the temptation is even worse: catalogues and garden centres still exist and, on top of that, there are dozens of websites, offering hundreds of mouth-watering vegetables, all only a click away. There ares sites for every one: generalists like Marshalls Seeds and Thompson & Morgan, or more specialised ones like Plant World who, amongst other things, offer a staggering 197 varieties of tomatoes!
We really are spoilt for choice!