Last year, record numbers of Americans experimented with growing vegetables to offset rising food prices. So not surprisingly, "vegetable gardening is expected to surge again in 2009 as many Americans opt to grow their own produce to save money during the recession," according to a recent news release as well as the Baltimore Sun.

Garden purveyor W. Atlee Burpee & Co has confirmed through a cost-analysis study that growing your own produce really does save money — a 1 to 25 cost-savings ratio for those who grow their own as opposed to purchasing them at the supermarket! That means, if you invest $50 in your vegetable garden—on seeds and fertilizer—you will be able to harvest at least $1,250 worth of vegetables." And that's not mention the health benefits.