Grow Your Own: Healthier Eating and Savings Through Vegetable Gardening

Are you looking to eat healthier and save money on groceries? Starting your vegetable garden this April could be the perfect solution. This time of year is ideal for planting seedlings that will grow into fresh produce by summer. Even if you’re new to gardening or short on time, there are plenty of easy-to-grow vegetables like tomatoes, summer squash, zucchini, cucumber, and lettuce.

Tomatoes are particularly easy to grow, and with just a few plants, you can yield an abundance of fresh and juicy tomatoes that are perfect for salads, sandwiches, or even making sauces that can be canned or frozen for later use.

Summer squash, zucchini, and cucumber are also great options for Maine gardeners, as they are packed with nutrients and thrive well in the state’s summer climate. While squash vines need growing space, summer squash can thrive in small areas.

Lettuce is another versatile vegetable that requires minimal maintenance and can be used in various dishes. It grows well in Maine’s climate and can be harvested from summer to late fall.

Starting your seedlings in April and planting them in May ensures a steady supply of fresh vegetables throughout the year. While vegetable gardening requires effort and persistence, the benefits are worth it – you’ll save money, improve your health, and enjoy the satisfaction of growing your own food. Contact our certified financial coach, Carrielyn Reynolds, with questions about vegetable gardening or to share your own tips and tricks!
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