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Grow or buy? Gardening can pay off

Published 08/23/2008, The Jamestown Sun

The weather was bleak and the ground unworkable in March, when J.D. Roth and his wife began tracking whether their gardening efforts would result in savings on their food bills. It wasn’t looking good by the end of May. He had a handful of strawberries, $300 in bills and 21 hours invested in the garden. To make matters worse, it was still unclear whether the tomatoes that his wife, Kris Gates, had nurtured from seed would survive an April hailstorm.

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