There’s nothing better than cooking with fresh herbs. But buying fresh herbs from the grocery store is very expensive. Not only that, most grocery stores only carry a limited selection of fresh herbs. If you’re lucky enough to find varieties of fresh herbs you want at a specialty store, no doubt they will end up costing you big bucks. Forget the extra expense of buying fresh herbs from the grocery store, and grow your own. When you realize the cost savings of growing herbs, you will be rushing out to pick up as many varieties as you can. Let me show you what I mean…
A few years ago, I decided to add up how much money my vegetable garden was saving me at the grocery store. I kept track of everything I harvested (I use a kitchen scale to weigh my harvests), and then I took that list to the grocery store with me so I could add up the cost savings. I was impressed by how much money I was saving by growing my own food, but what really blew my mind was the price the grocery store charges for fresh herbs. I was floored when I added up the cost savings of growing herbs in my garden, and I only grew a few basic varieties! Nothing special here.
The cost savings of growing herbs
In 2012, I only grew two types of herbs in the garden, and I ended up harvesting 12 ounces of basil and only eight ounces of chives. That didn’t seem like a lot – until I calculated how much it would have cost to buy these fresh herbs from the grocery store…
• Basil: 12oz * $3.33/oz = $39.96
• Chives: 8oz * $5.16/oz = $41.28
In 2013 I grew a few more of my favorite herbs in the garden…
• Cilantro: 3 oz * $3.33/oz = $9.99
• Dill : 0.5 oz * $3.33/oz = $1.67
• Rosemary: 3 oz * $3.33/oz = $9.99
Wow – that’s a cost savings of $102.89 just on six basic herbs! I saved that much money without trying. Now imagine what it would have been if grew and harvested even more varieties of herbs in the garden.
Herbs are so easy to grow, anyone can grow them in the garden. Herbs don’t take up much space, so they’re great for container gardens, or they can easily be tucked into any vegetable bed. Heck, they don’t even need full sun to grow; you can plant herbs just about anywhere. Plus, many herbs can be grown indoors year-round. Every garden has room for a few herb plant, no matter how large or small.
The numbers don’t lie. With this huge cost savings of growing herbs, plus the fact that herbs are so easy to grow, you really have to ask yourself… why wouldn’t you grow your own herbs?
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Do you grow your own herbs? Leave a comment below and tell us about it.