Invest in Gardens, Where Yields Make Wall St. Blush

25-to-1 return includes benefits 'that, literally, money can’t buy,' seed-seller says
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2008 3:35 PM CST
Allison Collins shows off burgundy bush beans from her vegetable garden.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – With the economic outlook darkening, there’s still one good investment that will help you weather the downturn, George Ball writes in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: a garden. The “astonishing garden-grown return on investment is not modern-day speculative sleight-of-hand, but real, tangible and fungible,” the chairman of the Burpee seed company writes. He figures planting instead of buying at market produces “a 25-to-1 return.”

“Yet this ratio fails to factor in the abundant and tangible nonfinancial returns,” Ball continues: “flavor, freshness, a nutritional bonanza for your family.” If you buy seeds, you can also hope for “$150 earned for every $1 invested.” And then there’s the joy of work, “replacing the banal gyrations of the marketplace with the elements of sun, earth and water, and reducing the need for costly anti-depressants.”