Wall Street Journal examines kitchen garden savings

Following Michelle Obamas decision to break ground on a vegetable patch on the South Lawn of the White House, the Wall Street Journal has been exploring the financial implications of a kitchen garden.

The article begins by quoting figures from the National Gardening Association suggesting the average horticulturalist spends around $70 per year on looking after their plot or greenhouse and produces an estimated $600 worth of vegetables.

However, it also points out there are other investments that must be made before gardeners enjoy the literal fruits of their labour.

Initial outlays for tools, fences, greenhouses and other one-off expenses can make starting off seem a daunting task.

The author tells the story of a French family he stayed with who religiously used their garden for sustenance.

"Will most Americans take their home gardens that seriously? I doubt it," he wrote.

"Can you still save money with a garden? Absolutely."

The article concludes by suggesting the key is keeping costs down and ideas simple.

Gardeners who prefer their outdoor space to contain exotic flowers and plants may be interested to hear about an open day at the Crystal Hermitage in Ananda Village.

The spiritual community in California is set to open its gates to the public over the next two weekends, granting access to tours of its gardens.