Hosta By Kelley

The 2018 Cost of Having a Hobby

This docket returns for 2018 to keep me honest with myself about how much I really spend on this 'hobby'.  During 2017 I spent $400 more than what I had intended.  That's a pretty hard reality when one lives on the edge of poverty, and screams the question am I really living within my means for the money I have.

My goal for expenses for 2018 is between 500 to 600 dollars.

Costs in white are costs already paid for.  Costs in Orange are expected expenses.  So here we go:


Item                   2018 Cost   2017 Cost   Notes

2018 Plant Cost           100.00

2017 Plant Cost                       297.00   between 13 plsnts.  $22.85 average cost.


Garden Maintenance

   Garden Stakes

      Acrylic Stakes                 $135.00   100 Stakes; re-usable several years.

      Labeling Tape                    25.00   Ought to last the life of the stake.

   Plastic Tarp                        74.00   Life time unknown; presuming four year.

   Hair Nets               30.00               Planter covers for Seed Growing


Website and Internet costs (in-perpetuity of this website)

   Adobe Muse             215.00      215.00   Monthly Cost $26.50; life time of writing.

   Transition Consul.                  50.00

   Domain Name/Security    94.00       94.00   Annual Cost

   Web Hosting            200.00      200.00   Monthly Cost (first 8 months; #25.00)


Website and Internet costs (One time costs)

   Movavi Video Converter 7            40.00


Current Estimate          639.00    1,131.00

Refunds White Feather              -   36.00

Revised Estimate:         639.00    1,094.00

Average Monthly Cost:      79.86      136.75   Based on a 8 month growing season



Comments for 2018 Season

The expense goal indicated above was written before I entered the estimated costs (in orange). I have a minor expense for Garden Mainenance this year as I will need hair nets to protect seedings in planters; hoping that the cost will be lower.  The tarp is already exceeding expectations for water control.  Naturally plant survival effects the plant cost for the year.  The website and Internet costs are the huge expenses as they support the direct existence to THIS website.


end of the 2017 Season

Looking back over the 2017 year.  Some how I've managed to achieve 90% of my goals for the year; but I've had problems also.

  • I've spent twice as much as what I wanted to spend this year on the garden.
  • The White Feather fiasco I don't think is over yet.  Next spring will finally tell the last of this story.  This presumes that the planter survives the winter.
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider  AND Kifukurin Ko Mama I was able to get four (4) divisions out of each when they arrived.
  • The planters still need to be moved, prepared, and positioned for winter (a winter experiment).  The results from that will not be known until next spring.  Every thing I have read says it ought to work.
  • The seed project was never gotten to.  Plant seeds are ready for next year.
  • I'm still tryung to figure out how not mount MP4 videos to the website.

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Plant Name Menu Codes:

In Gardner's collection:  green.

In Collection but is an unregistered sport: BLUE.

Past Plants that are no longer in the collection: Brown.