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Experts say you can start planting your garden now



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SALT LAKE CITY -- To cut down on grocery bills and be more self-sufficient, many families are starting vegetables gardens for the first time. Believe it or not, there are some vegetables you can plant outside now.

Taun Beddes is a horticulturist at Utah State University and says folks are starting their own gardens to save money. "They're also wanting to store seeds some more. In case of an emergency, they'll have two to three years worth of seeds on hand," he said.

Beddes says most seeds can stay two to three years in a typical garage; up to 10 years in a controlled cool dry place.

If you're dying to start planting now, you've got options. "Radish, broccoli, peas, [and] cauliflower can all be planted now," Beddes said.

You can also start planting squash and tomatoes in a flat inside your house now. It might cost a bit to get started. But once you have all of your gardening supplies, Beddes says you'll only have to buy seeds.

Jared Beckstrand says he is starting a garden because he wants fresh food for him and his family. "[There's] nothing better than a fresh tomato," he said.

Beckstrand admits he's a little nervous to start his first vegetable garden. He just hopes something grows.

If you'd like to start your garden now, you can print out a time line of what to grow and when depending on where you live by clicking HERE.

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Amanda Butterfield

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