This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro Gro-ables for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
I’ve been wanting to try my hand at gardening for quite some time. I’m not a huge vegetable eater so it was easy to put off doing. I also had no idea what I’m doing or where to start and these are the questions I’d ask myself: Do I have to start all of my plants from seeds? Do I need to plant in a specific combination of dirt or can I just dig a hole in any spot on my yard and plant a seed? What time of year is best for planting? Can’t I just plant a few things in a pot? Will my garden attract frogs? Okay, I may be joking about that last one……….although seriously………will it???
Anyhow, this year is the year I’m going to make it happen…….even if I start out small. If you know anything about me at all, you know I love simple projects. I don’t have the time
attention span for long drawn out projects. The less steps and prep work it takes to do a project, the better. If you are anything like me then you will enjoy this post on The Easiest Garden You’ll Ever Grow!
The Easiest Garden You’ll Ever Grow
Growing a garden with Miracle-Gro® Gro-ables is an absolute cake walk. Everything you need to grow a fruit, herb, or vegetable can be found in the seed pod. All you need to do is push the seed pod into loosened potting mix until the top is level with the potting mix surface and water daily.
Each pod is guaranteed to grow. Water it daily and in 1-2 weeks the seed will sprout. A few months after planting you’ll see some flowers bloom and then you know that your fruit or veggie is near.
After being cooped up all winter long, my son has been itching to have time outside. He is also such a huge helper and I knew that he would love to help me plant this garden. I put him right to work! He filled 4 pots up with potting mix and planted Parsley, Basil, Cilantro and Romaine Lettuce. Since this was our first attempt at gardening and I wanted to start small, we went with the 4 things that I knew we’d get a ton of use out of. I’m Italian so having fresh parsley and basil on hand is going to be a nice treat, especially when I’m making sauce. While I’m not a huge veggie eater I do love a good salad so we went with romaine lettuce too. I’ve been itching to make Spanish pork in the crock pot and the recipe I have calls for cilantro so having some growing in my backyard will inspire me to make it.
Of course I can’t do a project without including some free printables. I wanted to mark my pods in a fun way so I did something super simple and you can even have your kids do this part too. I picked up some chalkboard garden markers from my local craft store and some outdoor Mod Podge. I printed and cut out my plant names and glued them to the markers. I applied a layer of outdoor Mod Podge (follow package instructions) so that it would be protected from the elements.
Each individual Gro-ables kit comes with 30 Gro-able pods in one variety. You can choose your variety from a list of 4-6 types.
Miracle-Gro® believes that there’s a lot to learn from even the smallest plants. They started The Gro-ables® Project which is a movement to share the joy of growing herbs and veggies while giving kids truly hands-on learning experiences. Not only was this fun for my son to do but now he has a new daily responsibility: water those plants and watch them grow! With The Gro-ables® Project he gets a lesson in hard ward and sowing and reaping! Can’t beat that!
I would love to hear how you would use Miracle-Gro® Gro-ables with your children. Would you have them do a potted garden like the one we did or would you do a full-blown garden in the yard? I love to be inspired by other creative moms so leave me a comment and tell me what you would do!
Grab your free printable garden markers below!