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How to Start a Vegetable Garden

Why not get down to earth with these tips for gardening and growing your own vegetables? It's easy, deliciously rewarding, and wallet-friendly.

By Karen Weir-Jimerson

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You don't have to be a rural dweller with acres to spare to reap the rewards of a vegetable garden. A small patch in the backyard, a few packets of seeds, seedlings, and some good soil can deliver enough produce to keep you and your family in salad almost all season long. It's a great way to save cash at the checkout, but that's not the only benefit of playing farmer. "If you plant your own greens, you have many more options than you would in a standard supermarket aisle," says Rosalind Creasy, edible-gardening expert and author of Rosalind Creasy's Recipes from the Garden (Tuttle). Taste and nutritional benefits aside, if you've never experienced the satisfaction of raising and tending your own produce plot, it's time to get growing.

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