High-value Veggies

High-value Veggies

Homegrown Produce Ranked by Value

Paperback - 2016
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Which veggies should you plant in your garden, the answer really comes down to math. It doesn't matter where you garden, in a community garden plot, in containers, in raised beds or straw bales, or in a Square Foot Garden, deciding which edibles to plant is perhaps the biggest factor in whether or not your garden succeeds. While success means many things to many gardeners, there's no getting around the issue of cost versus payback. Does it make sense to spend $5 and use up three feet of garden space to grow one cabbage when you can buy a beautiful one at the farmers market for $2? The author has been a gardener and engineer for many years and can tell you this, even in the garden, math is your friend. In Square Foot Gardening: High Value Veggies, we've ranked the 59 vegetables that are most common for home growing and concluded which ones give you the most bang for your gardening buck. We looked at a lot of factors and crunched a lot of numbers and the answers all become clear.
Published: Minneapolis, Minnesota :, Cool Springs Press,, 2016.
ISBN: 9781591866688
Branch Call Number: 635 BAR
Characteristics: 128 pages :,color illustrations ;,25 cm


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Nov 21, 2016

Great book of lists.
Lots of great facts that help a new gardener decide whether the benefit out weighs the cost.

The book mainly focuses on dollar value, but it has lists that rank other types of value, like asthetics and uniqueness.

A worth while read while you are planning next years' garden.

Jul 20, 2016

A book with a catchy title, lot of hype, repetition and little substance or information. You can get better information on the Internet.

The rate of return is particularly interesting. Your time and effort, etc. are simply forgotten in the calculations, while all that and more are included in the produce that is bought.

By the way I too am a retired Civil Engineer (50 years) and if I charge about $70-100 an hour, for my efforts in the Garden, the ROI will be hilariously negative. I suppose the author does not practice comparing apples to apples.

We garden to enjoy produce , freshly picked at the right moment, free of pesticides and harmful stuff.

If you buy the book the ROI will be less than 10%. There are better books at the Library.


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