Do you ever wonder which plants give you the best return for your garden space? I have a nice sized plot in a community garden and I have been poring over seed catalogs since December dreaming about what to plant. With all the incredible variety, I have a tough time choosing. Should I go with the perennial garden favorites or try my thumb at more exotic fare? Which will give me the most bang for my gardening buck?
I found this post from 2009 at The Cheap Vegetable Gardener that charts which commonly grown plants return the most produce value per square foot. Leading the list are herbs and greens with tomatoes, turnips and winter squash rounding out the top ten. Some of the results were surprising to me: cucumbers, radishes and celery give a fairly high return. Broccoli, cauliflower and cabbages have the lowest dollar return.
I’m still perusing the pages of all those catalogs, but now I have a great guide for helping me chose the best use of my space.