Although it’s a bit too early to put your tomatoes in the ground, it isn’t too early to start your hardier plants like spinach and lettuce outside.
Lettuce is one of the easiest things I have grown. I don’t bother with Iceberg since it has no real nutritional benefits. I grow the leafier types.
I just scored all my seeds for free at Walmart. Walmart has a huge selection of seeds that are all different prices. If you look around the aisle you will spot the packs that are $.20 a pack. If you are buying 1 bottle of Similac that is $3.84 and use a coupon, you will have more than enough overage to apply to all your seed packs. Start your not so hardy plants from seeds inside the house now and by the time they are safe to go into the ground, they will be well established.
In my opinion, produce is the most challenging thing to get for free, so if you can grow your own on the cheap and freeze the what you don’t eat to last throughout the year, you’d be crazy not to.
Lettuce does great in planters. I have lettuce that I grow in my gardens as well as a mixed variety of baby greens that sit in a planter near my back door. Quick, convenient, healthy and free!
Gardening supplies and seed also make great Easter Basket gifts. Get the kids involved and they will be more inclined to eat the veggies they grew themselves.
What are you growing this spring?