My reluctant garden finally turned out some produce. Behold! The $5, 15-hour cucumber!
Are you saying to yourself, “This looks like every other cucumber I ever saw?” Well, yes. But this is a magic cucumber. It’s magic because I put some seeds in some dirt and out it grew.
Now, are you saying to yourself, “Um… Duh… Isn’t that how all cucumbers grow?”
Again you are right. It wasn’t magic. It was horticulture.
I estimate this cucumber cost me $5. I bought a packet of seeds. I also bought some mulch. So those are my raw materials. We don’t count wear and tear on other things, such as gloves and tools. We won’t count the soil in my raised beds, since that’s been in place for a while. We also won’t count the cost of water. What do I look like, an accountant? Let’s just say $5 and call it square, OK?
I estimate it took 15 hours of labor to grow this cucumber. The “stick seed in the dirt” bit takes 10 seconds. But you know what takes hours? Weeding, watering, shoveling, tilling, screening the soil, making compost and digging it in. Also peeking at the cucumber vine to see if it’s coughed up anything yet.
So that’s my fabulous cucumber. I’m going to eat it with some hummus. I may get another one next week.