Monday, April 18, 2016

Our 2016 Garden

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro Gro-ables for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

I love gardening.  Ok, let me rephrase that...I love trying to garden.  I've documented the experience here before.  Every year, I have high hopes for having a ton of fresh-grown veggies at the end of summer.  I take time planning out and planting my garden.  Sometimes we might have a few fresh veggies from the backyard, and yes, sometimes we might have a few dead plants from my lack of attention.  But it's something I always have fun doing, and that I'm hoping to teach Emmie to love as well!

But this year?  Oh, THIS is the year for our ultimate backyard garden.  We've finally reached a year where I'm not pregnant, we're not moving, and I'm not living in an excuses this year.  I'm armed with a little bit of research and a great line-up of products that I don't think even I can mess up! :)

For this year's garden, we had the chance to try out the new line of Miracle-Gro Gro-ables!  These little pods contain everything you could need to grow your own fruit, herb, or vegetable.  You simply push the pod into potting mix, water daily, and wait for your fresh produce!  Each Miracle-Gro Gro-ables kit comes with 30 different pods.  You can pick from 4-6 types of kits to customize your own backyard garden.  And the planting process couldn't be easier with Gro-ables...they are even guaranteed to grow!

My gardening buddy and I planted our backyard garden last week.  This year's line-up includes Tomatoes, Spinach, Zucchini, Eggplant, Cucumber, JalapeƱos, and Sweet Peppers.  As we were planting, I walked her through what we were doing and what we would need to do to take care of our plants.  Gardening is such a valuable lesson for kids of any age.  I love teaching Emmie where her food is coming from and how much effort goes into producing yummy, nutritious food.

Easy garden markers, made with popsicle sticks!

We even made a few DIY Garden Markers for our garden!  

Easy garden markers, made with popsicle sticks!

These were super quick and inexpensive - simply hot glue a row of craft sticks together and glue a stand to the back of the sign.  They don't have to be perfectly lined up or painted at all...I think the messier look gives it a little bit more rustic feel that's perfect for a garden.  We painted these with outdoor acrylic paint (if you make these, make sure to use a paint that can't bleed or run) and wrote our plant name on each one.  

I decided to color code each marker so Emmie could start to get familiar with the plant we were marking.  Plus, they're just cuter with different colors! :)

And just like that, our garden is ready to grow!  Now we water, we tend, and we wait.  Both Emmie and I are so excited to participate in the Gro-ables® Project: a movement to share the joy of growing herbs and veggies while giving kids truly hands-on learning experiences. You can join in by planting your own Gro-ables, taking part in the activities below and sharing your story!

If you'd like more information on Miracle-Gro Gro-ables, you can visit the Gro-ables Project!

Have a great tip or activity for gardening with your children? Share it in the comments below!

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