I got my copy of the Burpee Seed Catalog in the mail the other day. Getting that catalog is a sure sign that spring is on its way. Temperatures here next week are going to hit the low 60s. After enduring weeks upon weeks of temps in the low teens, sixty degree weather will be a welcome relief from the cold, hard winter.

I don’t think I’ll be buying any seeds from Burpee this year. I still have a lot of seeds left over from last growing season. I’ve stored all my seeds in my freezer, as recommended. I don’t think it will make any difference because last growing season most of those seeds never fully matured. I wound up going to the local nursery here and buying vegetable plants already started. I’m almost certain I’ll be doing the same thing this year. Last year I planted too late (because the seeds never fully functioned). This growing season I’ll be more prepared.

I won’t be planting many vegetables this season either. My freezer is still stocked and yet untouched with most of the veggies grown last year. I have peppers, zucchini, pea pods, basil, parsley and rosemary still wrapped up in freezer bags, stored away. I still have 10 pints of San Marzano tomatoes stacked in my freezer that I purchased separately from a local farmer.

They say that you save money when you have your own vegetable garden. My calculations show that I lost money with my garden. Big time. My costs to buy the raised beds, dirt and top soils, fencing and posts came to $456.88 exactly. Normally, each week when I go food shopping I buy around $7.55 worth of fresh veggies (zucchini @.79, organic mixed salad @$2.59, broccoli head @$1.59, tomato @$1.99, cucumber @.59) from my local supermarket (Aldi’s). Based on my calculations it would take me 60.5 weeks just to break even. In other words, did I really need to start a vegetable garden in the first place?

I also planted two fruit trees: one peach and one apple. Within days the peach tree died and I got a refund. BTW, come to think about it, I got a lot of refunds from Burpee also. Each time a seed failed, I contacted Burpee and they issued me a no-questions-asked refund. So again? What was the purpose? I didn’t save any money. I lost money. The only sane reason I can come up with for having a veggie garden is that the tomatoes you grow taste better than what you buy in a store. Other than that, there is no justification, for me, for a vegetable garden. End of story.

This summer, I plan on being free from tending a vegetable garden.