Eat Healthy and Save Money With a Veggie Garden

Check out an easy-to-start veggie garden that can save tons of cash.

ByABC News via logo
March 26, 2009, 9:07 AM

March 26, 2009 — -- The economy has gotten a lot of Americans down, but some are still giving a thumbs up -- a green thumb, that is.

Vegetable gardens are popping up across the country around homes of Americans looking for an economical way to eat healthy. Even the first family got in on the act. Last week Michelle Obama broke ground on a large organic kitchen garden on the South Lawn of the White House.

To demonstrate how easy starting your own veggie garden is, Joe Lamp'l from the DIY Network dropped by "Good Morning America" and dug right in.

"A home vegetable garden is easy to start and doesn't require as much effort as one might think to keep it growing strong," Lamp'l said. "Follow a few simple steps and you'll be enjoying your veggies in about two months."

William Moss appeared on "GMA" on April 28 to lend us his vegetable garden tips. Check out his Web site by clicking here.

According to Lamp'l, vegetables need full sun for six to eight hours a day.

"To provide the most sun exposure to all your plants, place the tallest ones on the north or west side of the garden so they do not shade the smaller plants," he said.

Vegetable gardens can be just about any size, but Lamp'l said it's best to start small, like with a planter, and grow out.

"The bigger the container, the better, because veggies get big quickly and you want them to grow a large root system," he said.

Starting with seeds is the cheapest way to give your garden a kick-start, Lamp'l said.

For $3.50, you can buy a bag of seed-starting soil that Lamp'l said is different from potting soil because it is lighter in weight and free of contamination.

You can spread the soil out in a pizza box and plant the seeds for a quick start.