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How much does a vegetable garden cost? With examples

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Growing your vegetables can be an amazing experience and watching all your efforts transforming into garden-fresh vegetables is very rewarding. Imagine a backyard full of green leafy vegetables and the contentment and the satisfaction that the whole garden is yours.

How much does a vegetable garden cost? It can vary greatly as no garden is identical and also the resources required can vary on location, soil quality, preparation required, and what you wish to grow. But to answer this further I asked 24 other gardeners to see what they spent when starting their vegetable gardens.

Growing a vegetable garden is so worth it because the rewards and benefits are truly fulfilling. But starting your own vegetable garden could be pretty challenging especially when you are new in this field and you have no prior experience of growing any plants. Moreover, there is always a cost attached to everything good and a vegetable garden comes with a cost too.

If you are not really aware of the costs, the entire process of starting a vegetable garden can be extremely difficult. You may pay more than you need to if you are caught unaware and may even allocate less money than required for setting things up for your garden.

To overcome this, in this article I have included a comprehensive cost-wise plan of how much everything that you need to do to start a vegetable garden. On top of this, we have examples from over 24 other gardeners and what they spent starting their vegetable gardens

So, how much does a vegetable garden cost? Let us find out.

The Process

Before we get to the true costs let us look at the basic process of starting a vegetable garden. Based on the process you can determine the real costs. Let us find out the steps in the process:

  • Determine the requirements
  • Soil testing
  • Plan what to buy
  • Budget allocation
  • Make your purchases
  • Set up your garden

Step 1: Determine the requirements

The first step towards any initiative is knowing the requirements. You must jot down your requirements and the reasons for which you are starting a garden. You need to finalize the plants that you would want to grow based on the vegetables that you are interested in.

Top Tip. Too many gardeners grow all sorts of vegetables because the seed is available. Save money by only growing what you eat, and also if space is a premium growing high-value foods. This will save you money in the store

Based on the required vegetables you can then figure out the seeds, the equipment, and all other material that may be needed to cultivate and grow such vegetables. As such knowing what you want from your vegetable garden is the first step.

Step 2: Soil testing

You might have your own preference of vegetables that you might like to have from your garden but what if the patch of land you got is not conducive to the growth of that vegetable?

What if you bought the seeds and everything required to grow such a vegetable and it does not grow because the soil lacks the essential nutrients to support its growth. It is therefore recommended that the soil is tested for its nutrients beforehand.

For testing the soil for your vegetable garden you have two options.

  1. Buy a DIY soil testing kit
  2. Send a soil sample to a laboratory

Buy a DIY Soil Testing Kit

There are many soil testing kits on the market. I love to use the Environmental Concepts 1663 Professional Soil Test Kit with 80 Tests The reason is that this will not only test your PH but also your nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium. and you can do this 80 times. it is ideal for large gardens or for gardeners who wish to test individual beds for growing different crops.

Send A Soil Sample To A Laboratory

For serious growers you can employ the services of a laboratory, These will test the soils for all sorts of things. Micronutrients, Macronutrients, PH, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, potassium, and a whole host of other compounds. This will really break down the makeup of your soil.

I use Lancrop laboratories in the UK, and for those in the US Agrolab is another fantastic laboratory that can fulfill your requirements. To get your soil tested with a lab you need to take a soil sample from many different areas of your garden. This is then sent to the lab and it takes about a week before you get the results.

Getting your soil tested will give you an idea of the fertilizers you need to use in order to get the soil to the level where you can grow the desired vegetables. It allows you to budget the cost of these fertilizers

cupped hands holding black soil

Step 3: Plan what to buy

This step will be different for every single person reading this article. Why? because we all want different things and see our gardens in our imagination completely different from anyone else. Some will want it to be functional and others will want it to be a showpiece.

This is where the budget really does matter. It is important to note that depending on your plan will dictate your budget. If the budget does not allow for certain things then the plan has to be adapted and compromises must be reached.

Step 4: Budget allocation

Now that you have found everything that you would need from the first step, the next step is to allocate funds to all the requirements. Make sure you allocate realistic amounts under each requirement and if you have no idea about the costs, be sure to do some research and allocate accordingly.

This step will help you to arrive at the estimates which may not be accurate but at least helps in giving you a fair idea about the costs of setting up the garden.

Step 5: Make your purchases

Once your allocation is done it is time to get out there and purchase all that is required to set up the garden. These can be seeds, garden equipment, tools, watering equipment, etc. This step will give you the real picture of the costs and exactly how much do you have to spend setting the whole thing up.

Step 6: Set up your garden

This step is, of course, the final step towards setting up your garden. It might take days and even weeks to set up the whole patch of land. Do it slowly and ensure that there is no wastage in terms of land or resources. Take help from an expert if needed but ensure that the garden setup work is done properly.

The steps above in the process are indicative and based on the size and the requirements, you may have your own steps, however, the basic outline of the garden setup process shall be the same. Now let us look at the various cost factors in detail. One by one.

The Costs

  • Land Costs
  • Soil Preparation
  • Fertilizers and Tools
  • Seeding and Propagating Costs
  • Growing Costs
  • Protection Costs
  • Irrigation Costs
  • Storage Costs
  • Miscellaneous Costs

Now the costs will depend on your requirements and a lot of other factors. These would include the cost of the land, the equipment required, and seed costs. To help you find out the costs we are listing the various cost factors with examples. The list is as follows.

old couple with heads together in the garden

1. Land Costs

If you have your own patch of land, this is something you get a straight discount on. However, if you do not own one and want to set up a garden, you will have to either buy one or rent or lease one. Buying a patch of land can get a little too expensive so you can check if you have a patch of land in your neighborhood or an area of your choice that you can possibly use.

The best option is to rent or lease a patch of land for your vegetable garden. Many places in Europe have what is known as Allotments. Allotments are small parcels of land that are divided up into plots. These plots can be leased for a nominal fee.

Another option open to you is to land share. This is where you see a business or neighbor with land not being used and you ask for permission to grow a vegetable garden and in turn, provide a share of the produce to the landowner

If you are starting your garden for commercial purposes and can afford to buy land, you may still go ahead. However, it is always recommended to have cash in hand since sudden costs may come up anytime, and hence going for a huge downpayment for a piece of land of upfront payment in cash is something you can avoid.

So, know that you will have to pay for land if you do not already own one. A backyard may be the perfect place to start otherwise buy or rent one based on the budget available.

2. Soil Preparation

We talked about soil testing in the process of setting up the garden. The soil testing is a part of the soil preparation and you may have to pay for testing.

This testing is done by experts who can analyze the soil and the soil samples may need to be sent to the labs for analysis, as such there is a cost attached to it. Soil testing is the first and the most important part of soil preparation and the next part is just as important.

The next stage of soil preparation is to prepare the patch of land. You can decide to Do it yourself if you have the strength and the ability to do so, or you can simply hire someone to do it for you.

Now based on the area of the land that needs to be prepared, the charges would vary. On average you will have to pay around US $70 or the UK £120 per hectare in plowing costs. If being done by hand then this could be much much higher. So, you can calculate your costs based on the size of your land.

3. Fertilizers and Tools

The next important cost is of fertilizing the soil. Now based on your soil testing reports you will come to know what all the nutrients will be needed in the soil to make it suitable for the type of vegetables that you plan to grow. If your soil is lacking the essential nutrients, that would mean that you will have to use fertilizers to enrich the soil with the nutrients that are absent so that you are able to grow all that you wish to grow.

Fertilizers are both man-made and natural or compost fertilizers. Based on the size of the land that you need to fertilize, the costs may vary. And based on the quality of the compost the cost can vary from a few hundred dollars or pounds to thousands of dollars or pounds. Higher the price of the compost or fertilizer, the better the quality.

So, you will have to consider the fertilizing costs accordingly. You might also need to include some lime and other nitrogenous fertilizers based on the soil reports. Apart from that, you will need hand tools such as a Spade Fork, hoe’s, watering can, wheelbarrow, trowel, and a broad fork too. You may also need quite a few buckets. So, ensure that you factor in the costs of all of it.

You could go mental walking into a garden center to buy hand tools. There is a huge array of them available to purchase. So which ones do you need in order to start a vegetable garden?

Here are my top-hand tools that are a must for the vegetable garden. Spade, Fork, Hoe, Trowel, Dibber, Watering Can, and a Bucket. That’s it. This is all you really need in order to be able to go out and prepare the land ready to start your garden.

Of course, we mentioned there are thousands of different types of these tools of all varying prices from just a few pounds or dollars to really expensive. What I will say here is quality counts, If you have it in your budget pick a quality tool. They will last you for years. There is nothing more frustrating than working in the garden and snapping a spade or fork.

4. Seeding and Propagating Costs

If you do not do the seeding right, you will not be able to reap the benefits of your vegetable garden. Directly sowing in the dug land without knowing whether it would work out or not may lead to the wastage of seeds. As such it is important that you set up your own propagation house in one corner of the garden where you can mix blocks of soil and test the seeds.

A Greenhouse or high tunnel would be perfect for this. Sowing indoors gives you a head start and protects the young seed starts from pests and diseases until they are large enough to go out. This would mean you will have to purchase seed trays, pots, or a bed rake if sowing in a seedbed

On top of that, you will have to pay for the seeds. There is a huge variety of seeds that are of varying costs based on quality. You will have to pay as per the volumes of the seeds you purchase. So, this is one other cost factor you will have to keep in mind while starting a garden.

planting lettuce seedlings

5. Growing Costs

Once your garden is all set and your plants start growing, you will have to spend in the growth phase as well. For instance, if you are growing tomatoes, peas, and beans, all these vegetables need trellising stakes and strings as such row covers might be needed with all the above vegetables.

6. Protection Costs

Similar to growing costs, when you are setting up your garden, you may see a lot of unnecessary trespassing by the stray animals in the neighborhood and by humans as well. You may also need to ensure that you provide coverings for certain types of plants. As such it is important to factor in these costs.

The protection of your plants and vegetables includes garden fencing, cages, coverings such as fleece or insect or bird netting for plants that need them.

The cost of all of these protective structures will vary based on the cost of the material that is being used to build these fences, cages, and covers. Then you will also have the installation and labor costs. Factor all of these and you arrive at the actuals of these costs.

7. Irrigation Costs

Water is one of the most important and essential things that your plants need. Without ample water, your plants would not survive. But then you will also have to be careful about the right amount of water being used for the plants.

While too little water would mean it does not get the required water for growth, too much water would mean it does not get the required air from the atmosphere, so the right amount of water is necessary for the right growth of the plants and crops in your vegetable garden.

In order to ensure that proper irrigation takes place, you need to make sure that you get the right kind of irrigation set up be it drip, overhead, or any other kind of combination that may deem fit.

These setups are extremely crucial as if the right kind of irrigation and water supply setup is not done it can lead to adverse results in terms of the growth of the plants and the fertility of the soil.

Moreover, there will be the costs of ensuring a running supply of water to the piece of land. You will have to set up the pipelines, the water storage facility along with the setup as per the irrigation type. And all this will be based on the garden size. Of course, if you are going to grow in your backyard then most of these facilities will be in place anyway.

An alternative would be to collect water in IBC (Intermediate Bulk Containers) containers. I use these in my garden. I store 10,000 liters of water or 2,500 gallons. You can see how I use these below in the video

8. Storage Costs

This is an important part of any garden big or small. There are a lot of things that you need to store in your garden. Whether, your seeds, your hand tools, equipment, or even some fresh garden produce for that matter you will need a place right at the garden to store all your garden-related stuff. There are both cost-effective and expensive ways of making a storage facility in your garden.

If you are on a budget a small plastic shed supported by plastic walls or aluminum pillars can be a great storage facility. If you have the required funds you can construct a permanent structure as your storage house. And based on what you choose to build, the costs would vary.

9.Greenhouse / High Tunnel Costs

With the ever-changing weather we have been experiencing over the years a greenhouse or high tunnel has become a necessity. They are the engines of any good vegetable garden. Yes, you can get along without one, but it is very difficult.

They allow you to sow seed much earlier in the year, getting a start on the growing season, and allow you to extend the season too. On top of this, a greenhouse or High tunnel will allow you to grow warmer climate vegetables or fruit that require heat.

They can range in price from a few hundred pounds or dollars right through to tens of thousands of pounds or dollars. Which one is right for you will mainly depend on the space required and your budget. A way to save money here is to look in the free ads or recycle pages or craigslist to find a second-hand or unwanted greenhouse.

large polytunnel full of seed trays

10. Miscellaneous Costs

Apart from all the above major costs that could be outlined, there could be certain other costs that may crop up out of nowhere. There will be labor costs, transportation costs, and many other costs that you may not have even thought about in the initial planning phases. You will have to be wary of all these unknown and unexpected costs and keep money aside for all the miscellaneous and contingent costs that may come up.

Ways to reduce the costs associated with vegetable gardens

Gardeners are like magpies, they are always looking for deals on products or plants. But there are a few other ways in which you can reduce the costs when starting your vegetable gardens.

  • Buy second hand
  • Seach Free-ads or Craigslist
  • Check out garbage days or skips for useful materials
  • Ask friends if they have unwanted tools
  • Get to know other gardeners
  • Join the UK Here We Grow Newsletter for discount codes

Buy second hand

Some tools and garden equipment such as sheds and greenhouses are going to be the biggest expenditure of your vegetable garden. There are often very good useable examples available online or from other gardeners who no longer require them. This can save huge amounts of money.

Seach Free-ads or Craigslist

Often, people put gardening equipment on Craiglist or free ads for free or very cheap. You need to be quick with these but if you can grab something local it could be a fantastic way to save a few dollars or pounds.

Check out garbage days or skips for useful materials

Most gardeners are skip rats. What is a skip rat? well, it’s someone who is always looking out for material or items that can be reused in the garden. It can be absolutely anything. An old bathtub could be turned into a small wildlife pond or a worm farm, and timbers are always useful.

You would be surprised what is thrown out in skips and providing you are not too embarrassed to ask for it then you can save a fortune when you are lucky enough to find things you can use.

Ask friends if they have unwanted tools

Being on a community garden or an Allotment does have some advantages, You get to talk with lots of other like-minded gardeners who are only too happy to pass on unwanted gardening items. Even sharing produce at the end of the season.

Get to know other gardeners

If you garden in your own backyard make a point of getting to know some other gardeners around you, Or even join a local gardening society.

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Based on all the information in this article. How much does a vegetable garden cost?

The typical garden would cost between £300 or £2,500 or $400 and $3500 there is such a huge amount of reasons on why the amount varies so widely. But I thought that the best way to round this up would be to ask other gardeners what they spent. You can check that out below.

wicker basket of vegetables being carried by two people

Examples of what it costs other vegetable gardeners to set up their garden.

When I decided to write this blog post I wanted to give you as much information as possible. Although I can’t give you a set figure I could give you the things you needed to consider. However, I thought what better information than other gardeners telling me what they spent.

So I sent out a post on a number of Facebook gardening groups asking them what it cost them to set up their vegetable gardens. This information, it may give you a little more clarity. The results below will be the response to the question from each user. I have kept their names attached so you know who provided the answers.

What Facebook Gardeners Spent

Some of these comments will be in pounds, others will be in dollars but a simple calculation can help you determine how much it is based on your location.

Terry Cullum’s Vegetable Garden

I’m guessing more salvage & recycling of stuff is used on allotments than in the garden, just for the reason of aesthetics. I may be wrong. I have a garden on a new build site. Been here for 2 years & because I wanted it to look good, it has cost way more than if I had used recycled materials.

Groundwork including Paving & Gravel £400, Shed £140, Timber/Styrene Greenhouse £350, Cheap 4 Tier mini Greenhouse/Cold Frame £25, Timber for Raised Beds £120, 2 Dumpy Bags of Veg Compost £150, Agriframes Arch & Obelisks £360, 2 Slimline Water Butts £40, 3 Fibre Glass Pots for fruit trees £390, Fruit Trees,

Raspberry Canes & other Plants & Bushes £130, 12 bags of Potting Compost & rising £60, Seeds £40 and this doesn’t include the stuff like Compost Bins, Tools, etc we brought with us when we moved. I could have done it way cheaper but I know it wouldn’t have looked as good. This was just for my Veg Garden area. I won’t go into the cost of the rest of the garden.

Matt Summers Vegetable Garden

My 1st full year on my allotment. £40 on compost/manure. Most of which went on 2 no-dig beds… 20 on seeds. Since sourced dirt cheap manure locally. Seeds I could in hindsight got cheaper or free. Had a great harvest though. Tomatoes to cauliflowers & still picking kale, chard, beets & parsnips lucky the shed I inherited had all the hand tools 

Annabel Hallam’s Vegetable Garden

Probably about 100-150 on my first year last year as I had nothing to start with, (and my garden is almost all patio) that was tools, a plastic greenhouse, grow bags, buckets, seeds (mostly from magazines), and compost.

Marianne Hopwood’s Vegetable Garden

Moved into a new house 2 years ago, expenditure on veg is almost entirely on compost (maybe £40 a year) – raised beds from reclaimed decking donated by our friend, seed from occasional gardening magazines, 10p end of the season bargain bin at a garden center and seed swap. We already had tools, a mixture of gifts, things bought from the tip, and a fork found in a stream while out walking. Several fruit trees ranging between £5 and £27.

Jay Richard’s Vegetable Garden

I honestly just spent all my savings 1000$ on just seeds this year I bought a few more than last year I hope to have enough veggies to share with people who are less fortunate

harvesting lettuce

Mike Smith’s Vegetable Garden

Complete new build last Feb, from grass lawn to fenced of veg plot.-Cheap eBay polytunnel £50.- reclaimed floor joist wood for semi raised bed edges £30.- reclaimed wood for fence £20.- Morrison’s compose £40.- Wilkos seeds £20.- trays/propagators tool/pots etc £60. Obviously, there are many many other costs/sundries like hoses, water drip systems, timers, locks, screws/bolts/nails but I guess if you added another £150 to cover the average?

Stephanie Murran’s Vegetable Garden

Minimal amount on pallets, had tools already, most spending on seeds although they were also cheap, bamboo canes, that was about it really, so along with the cost of the allotment, it would be less than a hundred pounds easily for the first year.

Don’t Crop Me Now’s Vegetable Garden

How long is a piece of string? If you take out the rental costs of an allotment you ‘could’ get a productive garden going with maybe £30 of cheap seeds and some second-hand tools.

For me, it is a hobby (and a cheap one at that!). Our food costs are low (less than £20 a week on average for a family of 3 adults) so we are saving some of the costs on that. We have a lot of space (625sqm) over the last 15 years we have had a problem spending a small fortune, even though we try to recycle and re-build as much as we can.

If I look at initial costs that the first year I reckon about £1000 mainly because I bought a big greenhouse for home, a small shed for the allotment and a certain amount of timber to make raised beds. You could have got those as freebies if you were lucky!

Ongoing costs are probably around £200 a year in consumables – seeds, manure, compost, etc. However, we do keep throwing in random building projects that do cost us money too. Of course, you can do it the cheap. For me, it is more about creating a space where we enjoy our spare time.

Lizzie Atherfold’s Vegetable Garden

£60. Manure and seeds. I am stocked up for this and next year!

Anna Fry’s Vegetable Garden

I’m a pensioner so on a very low budget. Most things on my plot are recycled or cobbled together. My costs so far this year have been about £40 spent on seeds, potatoes onion sets, and compost. I made a brassica cage from old bits of timber, some canes, and netting that I used last year. It’s not beautiful but it’s functional lol

Steven Downden’s Vegetable Garden

I’ve got loads of seeds which I’ve had free off magazines and heritage seed library so compost and fertilizer next

Suzie Spearing’s Vegetable Garden

£28 per raised bed for compost, topsoil, manure 380 Ltrs per bed x 6. Cardboard for paths, free, Bark for paths £20.Enviromesh for brassicas £20.Seeds organic £10 on a winter deal. Seeds Wilkos £5 Canes £4 Potato bags 2 for £2 Wilko x 3. Total £233.

This was three years ago but prices have stayed pretty stable .. Haven’t really bought anything else since set up other than some canes and a few packets of seeds, onion sets, and seed potatoes.

Ann Eagles Johnson’s Vegetable Garden

So far about $40.00 USD last fall for seeds this spring and I estimate another $40 for Ace hardware compost which is really mulch, not compost. And possibly another $30 – $40 on some fruit bushes and a peach tree

Mavis Britton’s Vegetable Garden

I’ve got 2 plots. Fixed both shed roofs with timber out of a skip. I put floorboards down in one for a donation of a couple of pounds at B&Q in their throw-away box. I made eleven 12ft x 3ft raised beds out of decking I got off Facebook Marketplace for £21 I got a free 6×8 greenhouse.

£10 for a massive strip of artificial grass. Free woodchip from a local tree surgeon. I could go on, the best thing for me is not just the growing but the upcycling of other people’s rubbish – I love it. I started just over two years ago and I’m 65!

planting onion bulbs

Wayne Star’s Vegetable Garden

I dread to think. The first thing I did was build a huge fence to keep deer and foxes out. I bought some fleece tunnels too. They weren’t so useful. A cordless strimmer to keep the grass paths down. A couple of watering cans. Loads of bags of compost. A heap of 30lt tubs. OMG if I’m honest I must have easily spent a grand in the first year probably more.

Of course, this is an initial investment. Much of what I bought won’t need to be bought again for some time. People in different circumstances might not need the same investment. If I had more time and less ambitious ideas I’d of spent less on getting so rapidly established. I’ve certainly spent nothing like that this last few months.

Would I do it again? The fence certainly. The fleece tunnels and sheets, no. The strimmer, no. The large lump of netting, maybe not. I’d definitely get the tubs. And the compost and manure can only be a good investment. Did I get a lovely crop of veggies to share with friends and family the first year? Hell Yes! Was I self-sufficient in veggies? I certainly was. Was it worth the investment, Sure!!

The Amateur Gardener in Seascale UK’s Vegetable Garden

 I’m guessing more salvage & recycling of stuff is used on allotments than in the garden, just for the reason of aesthetics. I may be wrong.
I have a garden on a new build site. Been here for 2 years & because I wanted it to look good, it has cost way more than if I had used recycled materials.

Groundwork including Paving & Gravel £400, Shed £140, Timber/Styrene Greenhouse £350, Cheap 4 Tier mini Greenhouse/Cold Frame £25, Timber for Raised Beds £120, 2 Dumpy Bags of Veg Compost £150, Agriframes Arch & Obelisks £360, 2 Slimline Water Butts £40, 3 Fibre Glass Pots for fruit trees £390, Fruit Trees, Raspberry Canes & other Plants & Bushes £130,

12 bags of Potting Compost & rising £60, Seeds £40 and this doesn’t include the stuff like Compost Bins, Tools, etc we brought with us when we moved. I could have done it way cheaper but I know it wouldn’t have looked as good. This was just for my Veg Garden area. I won’t go into the cost of the rest of the garden.

Lawrie Collingwood’s Vegetable Garden

It’s a myth to think you save money growing veg instead of buying it. The sight of seedlings coming through, and the knowledge that, with luck, you’ll be eating your own delicious produce, grown naturally, with a flavor you just don’t get with shop-bought veg, is what makes you spend time and money in your garden. And feeding to the ones you love, as well, of course.

Ann Hughes Vegetable Garden

A year’s rent is £60 ( four plots) and £3.98 for two 40 liter bags of potting compost. I won’t be buying any seed this year as I literally could set up a market stall with the amount I have lol.

Daniel Carr’s Vegetable Garden

So far £80 got 2x5m polytunnel, 15 pounds for 3 blueberry bushes £5 for Pinkberry, £40 for other types of berry bushes, £27 for compost, £27 for 50 bamboos. £110 for all the bits to build a rain collector, given water butt for Christmas but that cost about £25

two tomatoes on the vine

Shannon Robinson’s Vegetable Garden

We spent about $35 on each bed for framing the raised beds. Got stable manure and recessed the garden so had soil. We buy seeds and a bit of seed starting mix. Also bought 2 compost tumblers. 3 water cans on clearance for $25 each, a Dutch hoe for $40, 2 shovels for $15 each, and material to convert to drip irrigation, $100 on Amazon.

All these spaces out for over 10 years. We’ve built a bed or 4 each year to increase it to the size it is today. Probably total about $2000. Value of crops out of the garden? Easily 5x that and returns increasing annually. Just our leek crop is $100 or more if shop-bought grew by conventional methods, but we don’t use chemicals in the garden.

It’s been chemical-free completely for 4 years. We’ve now sourced free pallet wood that my hubby will use to build 2 ft deep beds as they need replacing. I do buy about $75 in seeds annually along with the saved seed.

Isobel Mcallister’s Vegetable Garden

I spend about £20 on seeds, a tenner on fertilizer, and a fiver on slug control. A couple of years ago I bought fine mesh to protect my carrots and brassicas, so another £25 but it looks like it’ll last forever! A good hoe and rake, a fork, secateurs and trowel, about £50. So an initial outlay of £75 then £35 annually. One of the reasons for growing my own is the economy, so I do look and see whether my outlay gives a good return.

Scott Briton’s Vegetable Garden

Maybe £35-45 on seed potatoes, blueberry plant, and some seeds made my own compost, a lot of well-rotted horse and cow manure from local farms, and a load of used coffee granules from Starbucks


Growing your own garden is like a dream come true. The sight of having your own fresh vegetables from the garden is a truly fulfilling experience. Having said that, it may not be a very easy thing to do, considering the fact that there are upfront and continuous costs that may make the setting up and maintenance of the garden an overwhelming and difficult task.

But you can use a little knowledge in terms of finding the exact costs and setting up your ideal garden and in doing so make use of this comprehensive article for finding the factor costs.

The costs would vary as per the land size, crops that you need to grow along with other things and that would help you determine the actual costs of starting the garden. As far as the true costs are concerned, there are no true costs of setting up a garden.

It all depends on a lot of variable things and all of that may or may not be under our control. Use this piece for getting an idea and plan accordingly to start your own garden.

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