ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — You don't need a huge yard to start your own garden and you don't even need to buy expensive soil to keep it growing. 

There are some simple, inexpensive ways to get started. Starting small can lead to big success. 

"You don't have to have a tremendous amount of space in order to grow," Ashley Rhodes-Courter said. "There's the option to grow in pots, in raised beds like you see here, but you can also grow vertically." 

Rhodes-Courter and her husband Erick show off how they garden hundreds of pounds of food in this small back yard.

"Some people utilize fresh herbs in their kitchen year round," Rhodes-Courter said. "Others have an herb garden in the back yard, some people focus on a single crop like maybe your family loves tomatoes."

Erick says a fun way to start is by using leftover food.

"This one here is a baby pineapple plant that we actually started from the top of an old pineapple. We ate it," Erick said. "It will take a little bit of time, but this will create a whole nother pineapple that we can cut again and keep the whole cycle going."

Look what you can do with one sweet potato when you cut it in half and put in water.

"As you can see, it starts growing its own roots, but the point is to grow these little things called slips. Each one of these is a whole new plant in entirety," Rhodes-Courter said. "You take them off the potato and you put it in water and that will grow its own roots and here you have a sweet potato plant ready to go."

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