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7 ingredients of a money-saving garden

Lettuce and onions
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"Early in the season, before tomato season, I plant lots of lettuces," Smith says.

"Basically, it's a big salad bowl out in your raised beds," he says. And once the first batch comes in, "I tend to plant a second crop of the same thing."

Some of Smith's favorites are buttercrunch, red sails, romaine and arugula. "You can buy them in flats," says Smith. "Or you can sow some seeds."

Another kitchen staple that is very doable for the first-time home gardener is onions, Coleman says.

You can get onion sets at any supply store, he says. "They're about the size of a dime. You put them in the ground and shortly you have scallions. Shortly after that you have green onions, and shortly after that you have bulb onions."




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