The cost savings of growing herbs in the garden

The cost savings of growing herbs in the garden

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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.

Dill is one of the easiest herbs to grow in the garden

Dill is one of the easiest herbs to grow in the garden

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.

Cilantro is an herb that's easy to grow in the garden

Cilantro is an herb that’s easy to grow 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?

Basil growing in the garden

Basil growing in the garden

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8 Responses to The cost savings of growing herbs in the garden

  1. Sue Gilmore says:

    I am definitely weighing my harvest this year! My chives are coming up nicely already! We have oregano and sage and parsley. I will be planting basil again. We have garlic out there too. I am hoping to get some lovage at the nursery soon. I grew rosemary in a pot last year and sunk it in the garden. Winters are too cold to keep it in the garden. I kept it in the garage. Hopefully, it will perk up and keep growing for us. I love herbes!

    • savvygardening says:

      Awesome Sue! I have overwintered plants in the garage before with great success. I hope it will perk back up for you too. Sounds like you have a great selection of herbs going, Yum!


  2. Michelle Donahue says:

    I almost never buy fresh herbs in the store for this reason, unless I really, really want them for a recipe! I start all my own basil inside under lights and right now, as it awaits a safe transplant date, it’s amazing to have that little taste of summer in our salads. Love, love, love fresh herb season.

    • savvygardening says:

      I love it too Michelle! Good for you for growing your own herbs indoors, that’s great. I always have good intentions in the fall, but our winters are so long here in Minnesota, and it’s a lot of work to keep them growing all winter.


  3. […] the time to preserve the rest. I can’t stand wasting food, especially since it’s so expensive to buy fresh herbs at the grocery store. So I always preserve them for later use. Better yet, I like to plan ahead and […]

  4. Some great calculations here! I’ve never tried to weight my production, but I surely know that all what grows in my garden and all I use in my kitchen saves me money every day. I’m definitely recommending your post to my sister, because she wants to start a herb garden, but never tries actually. And growing a herb garden is never a bad idea. Thanks for the nice info!

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