So I don't frequently get asked questions. I do frequently ask questions, especially on Twitter, which is why I love meeting fellow gardeners. However, my friends have occasionally asked me the following.
Do you save money on groceries by gardening?
No. I have never done a cost analysis of my food spending pre and post gardening. I'm sure there are things I grow that I would have otherwise purchased, and there are probably things I grow that I would not have purchased, but I doubt at this point that I have saved money due to the installation of a garden fence, the cost of soil supplements, seeds and tools. As we begin to do our own compost and save our own seeds, I think it will begin to save us money. Growing my veggies has probably increased the amount of veggies I prepare for meals (healthcare savings?), and it has saved me money on therapy, as being outside keeps me sane and invigorated.
How did you learn to garden?
I have spent many many hours searching for articles and tips on Google search, Dave's Garden, and #gardenchat. I also regularly seek advice from the employees at Logan's, NC farmers market vendors, and family members. Mainly I learn by trial and error... sometimes a LOT of error.
Do you eat everything you grow?
No. I have decided that I don't really like eggplant, but I grew that this summer. Some of the bean varieties I grew looked nasty, so I didn't try them. Throughout the summer I make it a goal to take some of our extra produce to Logan's to donate to the Inter-faith Food Shuttle. Some produce gets forgotten in the fridge and ends up composted.
Do you have any other questions I should include here?