With the cost of food on the rise, many people are turning to their own gardens instead for produce and herbs. However, there are undoubtedly some fruits and vegetables that are actually more expensive (and time consuming) to grow than to buy. While there are other reasons for cultivating your own garden, if your main reason for growing your own is for money savings, you want to make sure you’re actually saving money, of course.

Eartheasy has come up with a list, based on much experience, of the top 6 vegetables that are worth growing when you look at the amount you’ll save by avoiding store-bought. Take a look:

  1. Lettuce: in Boston, a head of red Leaf Lettuce costs anywhere from $1.49 to $2.49, whereas a $2 package of lettuce seeds can last months if replanted every 2-3 weeks.
  2. Bell Peppers: if your pepper seeds yield you at least 2 peppers, you’ll make your money back (but you should see at least 6 peppers/plants).
  3. Garlic: you can have garlic running wild very quickly for less than $.50/pound. Also, if you replant the following year with saved cloves, you don’t have to buy anything to start new growth.
  4. Winter Squash: squash grows like weeds, so you’ll see significant money savings if you grow these.

    Eartheasy estimated that their four squash plants yielded about 40 squash about $200-$300 worth of squash for $8 ($2/squash plant)!

  5. Tomatoes: cherry, roma and big beef tomatoes are very easy to grow. Eartheasy estimates that for the $40 in plants and supplies they purchase, they have a final yield of $160-$320 worth of tomatoes.
  6. Broccoli: broccoli can be grown from spring to fall and won’t cost you must at all to grow.

Check out more specifics over at Urban Sheep’s very informative article, 6 Most Cost Effective Garden Vegetables.