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Most Cost-Effective Vegetables for Your Garden


Which Crops Provide the Highest Value?

Interested in which vegetable crops are most cost-effective for your home garden? Growing crops that are high-value can also make for real savings on your food bills.

Here’s a simple set of criteria you can use to choose which crops are the most valuable for your household. We’ll also suggest a range of plants which offer great value for the time and space they need to grow.

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Pamela Kay (not verified)

9 years 4 months ago

Ihave 2 tomatoe plants in 2 separate pots with a little old fashioned way with some tin foel on the stem and every now and then I sprinkle used coffee grinds around the plant and a tiny bit on top...with it being in an old flower pot do I still need to keep it watered everyday or stick my finger down in the soil and make sure its still moistened?? And I don't keep it in the sun all day....so what and if I have done anything wrong please let me know cause I sure want them to do well!! I used to know from being on a farm what to do...but I have had brain surgery and I hope that I am doing it like my grandmother taught me...but not real sure..have had them planted 1 week now...so if I need to change anything...now I believe the time is to do it....So Please help me out and let me know..thanks for being my almanac since I was shown it to me by grandmama!!your help is always appreciated!! Thanks ....Pam

GmaCma (not verified)

9 years 4 months ago

Hey, you forgot asparagus! It is so expensive and wonderful when home grown. I find it to be a long-lasting perenniel. It is wonderful cooked fresh, made into salads, frozen for later use, and especially good when canned in dill brine as a condiment.
Love your site, your videos and the education. Keep shining!

TYWatkins (not verified)

9 years 4 months ago

I've been thinking about starting asparagus. It is definitely expensive in the market. Like rhubarb, it is a perennial. I think it is also a bit picky and takes up some space.

Tami Halliman (not verified)

9 years 4 months ago

Great video. I had been thinking this way myself. Sharing with my friends on Facebook.