I estimate I’ve saved $30-$40/month on produce (significantly more than that if you consider the veggies we have are grown organically, without pesticides or chemical fertilizers) since we put up the hoop house in November. At this rate, it really will pay for itself before too long!
This is probably the last of the brussels sprouts. I’m actually losing plants just because they exhaust their life cycles, rather than freezing them to death in a traditional garden. That’s really something to see. The chickens are grateful, because they get all the spent broccoli (some of our plants have flowers in the hoop house), brussels sprouts, etc. The only issue I fear we’ll have is dandelions. Several are blooming in the hoop house right now.
After last summer’s abysmal garden, I’ve renewed my faith in this hobby thanks to our bountiful winter harvests. Now I need to get motivated and start my summer seeds. I’ll probably have them under the lights in a couple of weeks. Here’s to a great gardening season!