Grow Delicious Bargains in Your Own Veggie Garden -- Savings Experiment

How to Start Up a Garden For Less
How to Start Up a Garden For Less

If you're the type of person who loves rutabagas, playing in the dirt and avoiding supermarket checkout lines, then you've either found your calling as a DIY veggie gardener, or should seriously consider taking it up.

Even in urban patches that you wouldn't suspect could grow anything but weeds, vegetables can thrive and feed you fresher, cheaper and tastier fare than any canned morsel dished by some jolly green giant. (Hmmm: Maybe's he green with envy watching you grow and sow.)

But as with any pastime where you plant, prune and harvest, vegetable and herb gardening presents countless decisions -- and we're not just talking about potatoes versus tomatoes, either. Which plants for which seasons? What's the best way to keep your soil healthy? What tools and supplies will you need?