When compared to traditional gardening CG Kitchen Garden is not only space efficient but also cost and effort efficient in providing a much higher value for money over the lifecycle of crops.
Let’s do a cost benefit analysis for setting up a 12 pot Kitchen Garden against a CG Kitchen Garden Mini. The first this that you will need is pots and base trays, depending upon from where you procure them, a 12-inch set can cost anywhere between ₹120 to ₹200, for sake of simplicity let’s take an average figure of ₹150, that would be ₹1,800 for pots. You would be amazed by how much soil you need. Each pot may take up to 10 kg of soil. At ₹100 a 20kg bag, that will set you off by another ₹600. With plants grown in soil, you will need to add manure or fertilizers periodically. Let’s say you add 500 g of manure per pot every alternate month, that would be 36 kg of manure over a year. At approx. ₹300 for a 5 kg bag, that would be ₹1,600 over a year. Overall, that would be around ₹4,000 for the first year not including cost towards seeds, the effort involved in maintenance and any charges towards a gardener if you choose to hire one. Coming to the second year, you will not incur cost on pots but the balance cost of ₹3,200 towards soil and manure will continue thus setting you off by ₹7,200 in 2 years and ₹10,400 over three years. That is considering you will take care of routine chores like de-weeding, tilling and watering etc yourself. In case you choose to hire a gardener, it will easily set you off by another ₹7,200 a year (calculated at ₹40 a pot a month).
Now, consider CG Kitchen Garden Mini, at current cost of ₹5,000 you get a unit equivalent of 12 pots and supplies that will last through another 6 – 9 months. On a conservative note let’s assume you will need refill supplies every 6 months. So, every 6 months you will need to spend approx. ₹250 towards grow medium and approx. ₹100 towards nutrient solution. Also, let’s assume you can recycle net-pots for only one cycle thus needing a supply of another 30 net-pots every year at around ₹300 for high-quality net-pots. Thus, you will incur an annual charge of ₹1,000 in supplies. Further, CG Kitchen Garden works on electricity and draws 18 W power at pre-set times. Overall, the unit runs for approx 2 hrs in a day adding to your electricity bill an equivalent of having an additional 18 W CFL light running 2 hours a day, roughly equivalent to 13.14 units of electricity over a year. Assuming your electricity consumption is in the highest bracket, at current rate of ₹8.8 per unit for highest bracket, a CG Kitchen Garden will add ₹115 to your annual electricity bill. Thus, overall cost for CG Kitchen Garden over first year would be ₹5,465 (initial supplies will see you through at least 6 months for grow medium and a year for net-pots). An additional outgo of ₹1,165 will occur year two onwards thus giving an overall cost of ₹6,630 over two years and ₹7,795 over three years, roughly a savings of 25%+ as compared to using individual garden pots.
Add to it the fact that CG Kitchen Garden Mini is a highly autonomous device and reduces your own time demand by over 90% and that too while occupying hardly 8% of space than required for an equivalent pot based garden. You cannot go wrong with a CG Kitchen Garden.
[*All the prices and figures used in this article are based on current prevailing prices taken from an average of such prices as explored from local gardening stores or from those listed for sale by various vendors on Amazon India.]
Gaurav is an entrepreneur whose first Start-up was focused on providing services to patients suffering from Chronic Diseases. While researching about the causes of lifestyle diseases and the ways to reduce their incidence, he chanced upon the idea of growing healthy and nutritious food using advanced farming techniques.
He founded CityGreens with a mission to enable City Dwellers to access Safe, Healthy and Fresh food.