The Most Profitable Plants for Your Garden

There are plenty of benefits to having a garden beyond its potential financial savings, like education, stress relief, physical activity, knowing where your food comes from, just plain fun! (Which is great, because we seriously doubt we have recouped our investment in wood for raised bed.) But still, it is possible to place a value on each square footage of plants that you grow. See the most profitable and least profitable garden plants to grow in your yard or balcony.The Cheap Vegetable Gardener has put together a great list of vegetables and their corresponding value per square footage. Basing his estimates on the typical yield of various plants per square foot and the organic supermarket price of the corresponding produce, this list may help you decide which vegetables are worth your time (and save you money) and which ones you might be better off buying in the store.

The top 10 most profitable plants to grow in your garden (Vegetable, USD Value/SF):

  1. Cilantro - $21.20
  2. Arugula-Roquette - $20.92
  3. Green Salad Mix - $17.55
  4. Chives - $16.40
  5. Dill - $16.40
  6. Lettuce - $16.20
  7. Tomato, Cherry, small & medium - $15.57
  8. Turnip - $9.90
  9. Tomato, large - $9.50
  10. Squash, Winter - $8.40

Top 10 least profitable plants to grow in your garden (Vegetable, USD Value/SF):

  1. Eggplant - $1.10
  2. Greens, Mustard $1.10
  3. Rutabaga - $1.00
  4. Beet - $0.89
  5. Cabbage, Savoy - $0.80
  6. Broccoli - $0.80
  7. Kohlrabi - $0.75
  8. Cauliflower - $0.60
  9. Broccoli, Chinese - $0.60
  10. Cabbage - $0.50

See the entire list at TheCheapVegetableGardener.com

(Re-edited from a post originally published on 6.08.2010 - CM)

(Image: Trent Johnson)

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