A Bonsai tree is not really a particular species of tree, rather it just means a small tree or plant. The Bonsai is a traditional Japanese planting that many people love. The reason I’m writing about this today is that I came across an article in the Northampton Chronicle (UK) that lays out the procedure to start your own voyage into the art of the Bonsai plantings.
Northampton Garden Centre’s (UK) Lee Whitestone shares a wealth of information about Bonsai plantings in her article titled How To Grow A Bonsai Tree.
What do Tomatoes, Sweet Peppers and Arugula have in common? They belong to a group of vegetables that according to some people are worth your time and effort to grow because you get a positive return on your investment (ROI). When you take into account the time, water and land you have to invest into a vegetable garden you may find some veggies are much cheaper at farmers markets or in your neighborhood store.
Of course I’m not talking about the intangibles of fun and satisfaction that you gain from growing your own produce, those are to quote a well know advertising campaign “priceless.” For many putting the time and energy into a vegetable garden is the reward itself and the harvest of ripe and succulent veggies is frosting on the cake and not the only reason for the effort. At WalletPop, Sarah Gilbert writes about ROI in an article titled Garden Crops That Make Financial Sense. Check it out.
To most vegetable gardeners saying a plant does not have a positive ROI is like telling a Bonsai lover that their time and effort does not make sense because you’ll never be able to chop a Bonsai Tree into firewood to sell or keep you home warm. This way of thinking misses the point entirely.