Tuesday, June 3, 2008

More on the Economy of the Garden.....Getting Healthier and Wealthier

What makes more Sense?

Spend a little Money, Quality Healthy
exercise, or Work more Hours to Trade Dollars for food products,
you have no control over?

With the rapidly changing economic conditions here
in the US and Globally for that matter,
many are having to re-evaluate their Time
and Financial Priorities.

Regardless of your "living Style" or property arrangement,
almost everyone can
successfully improve their Health and "Wealth"
by getting involved in
GROWING some or all of their
Fresh Vegetable and Fruit requirements.

There are tons of resources available for those
who live Condominiums
and Apartments, with only "patio"
or Courtyard availability.

Check out these links :

Vegetable Gardening in Containers
excellent article by
Sam Cotner, Extension Horticulturist, Texas A&M

Here is another Good article by
John Jett
WVU Extension Service
Extension Specialist-horticultural

More Container Gardening

For those blessed with a bit more usable Square Footage, larger Gardens,
(300-1,000 square feet) can produce a just about all need for a family during
the seasons, and leave some to sell to recover cost and in many cases, yield a PROFIT.

Our tomato experiment this year, with the Goal of a Thousand Pound yield of marketable Tomatoes will be interesting to Follow. The premise is based on 24 Plants, on approximately 300 square feet of gravelly soil. We had broccoli and onion planted earlier, now Harvested for Positive Cash Flow.

It is very easy to market our Tomatoes for $1.00 a pound to local restaurants
and individuals who are too busy too plant their Own, which should net close to $1,000.
We are not talking retirement here just "fun Money"

The Baby Boomers in the US are constantly seeking avenues of Better Lifestyle, More Income and a Healthier Existence and Gardening on a small scale can provide all of the above. 100 well tended tomato plants will require about a hour a day through the season on average and can be easily a $3,000 top $4,000 BONUS for having the Fun and getting Healthier

Tomato plant on the right, planted 03-22-08, has 37 set fruit which should mature to average 4 ounces each. The blossom above this set a re heavy. Picture taken 06-11-08

The most important benefit of this "Business Plan" is the Wellness aspect of being "off my duff" and out in the garden, bending over hand weeding, tieing, shaping and pruning the Tomatoes.

Check out the Video Journal of this experiment at;

Growing Tomatoes for Health and Wealth

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lindyasimus said...

Great idea. Think "verticle" too, height encouragement and how you "prune" your tomato plants - more stakes can let you support more weight and bigger crop.

Chuck Bartok said...


Thanks for note. We do go vertical. Our Pole beans are on 7' trellisses and our cucumber are suspended and tomatoes wil reach 8 feet before the season is over.
I just added some 6' support stakes on the Tomatoes.
Check out recent video showing Cukes


and the recent Tomato video


Thanks again