Excited to plant a garden this year, planning on doing square foot method this year because my rental already has 3 8x4 ft raised beds!! This will be my third spring in this house, first spring I had just moved & was pregnant, so I got a lot of starts from the farmers markets and mostly grew basics like tomatoes, squash, and a few herb plants. I barely made good use of the beds space wise, and I did not add anything to them! Stuff grew ok, but not awesome. It was more of a last minute thing. Last summer I planted nothing- for various personal reasons. I regretted it, and this year I am more determined than ever to make good use of my space as well as some containers and such.
One of my main motivations is wanting to grow a lot of medicinal herbs. I have been making teas, tinctures, infused oils, etc- and would prefer to have as many live plants as possible. I think I'm getting pretty carried away in my daydreams about which seeds to plant, on top of veggies! Right now I'm at about half & half- half veggies half herbs. Since I want the garden to be more prolific than my lazy attempts, I plan on adding organic compost and fertilizer to the beds before I plant, and mixing my own potting soil with organic products. I intend all of my seeds to be organic (my usual route in years past) and any starts I end up buying from the local farmer's market.
Adding all that up, I see that even with the three beds already being built the cost of all the new seeds, compost, soil elements, and a few containers and starts is going to be a few hundred at least. I kept poor track of my spending in the past- several years ago I started a GIANT garden with a friend on her property and I paid for large amounts of soil, deer fencing, posts, and a lot of starts. I'm not sure what I spent in total. A few years ago with a small garden I only bought a handful of starts and did nothing to improve the soil etc. Since my mission this year is to go as organic and natural as possible and make the most out of my space, it's just a different pricing scheme.
So I am curious- what size of gardens do you all have? How much do you spend on soil upkeep & seeds & such each season? Any tricks to cutting costs? Do you think my predicted expenses are high or reasonable? Just curious! :)