Thursday, May 12, 2016

More 2016 Planting Fun!

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

A couple of weeks ago, I talked about how Emmie and I planted our 2016 veggie garden.  We have this perfect little spot on our back porch for veggies, but we decided to plant our herbs in easy-to-move miniature pots this year.  I love to keep our herb plants in the awesome garden window we have in our kitchen for easy access.  It's perfect for removing small servings to use during cooking!

So, last week, I enlisted the help of the best artist I know to decorate our herb planters for this year.  I laid out the paint, gave her the brushes, and let her work her magic!

I thought it was just as important to let Emmie "put her mark" (pun intended) on our herb planters as it was to enlist her help in planting the veggie garden.  I want her to learn how much work can go into putting fresh, delicious options on her plate each day.  By involving her in the process of growing these herbs, we can not only teach her where her food is coming from, but how much work goes into preparing a meal for her!  This is such a huge lesson for children.

Just as we did with our veggie garden, we used Miracle-Gro® Gro-ables® to plant our herbs!  These little pods are so perfect if you're planning on planting herbs and veggies with kids this year - just push the pod into loosened potting mix, water daily, and wait for your seeds to sprout in 1-2 weeks!  Everything the plant needs is contained within the pod, including a seed, plant food, and growing material (all contained within a biodegradable shell).

Miracle-Gro® has a great variety of both veggies and herbs in the Gro-ables® line.  For this year's herb garden, we planted Flat Leaf Parsley, Cilantro, Basil, and Lemon Basil!  I'm already planning out recipes we can make over the summer with everything we've planted.

After we finished painting the pots, I let Emmie choose which herb would go in which planter.  She had very specific orders on what should go where. :)

We put a little bit of loosened potting mix in each pot, placed Emmie's chosen pods in their place, and just like that, we had an herb garden!

We're planning on keeping these outside with our veggies until they start to sprout (just to make for easy watering each day).  Once they're growing well, we'll move them to our kitchen window to start using in recipes!  If you're a home chef and you've never had fresh herbs, trust want them.  The difference in using with fresh herbs and dried is like night and day!  And I absolutely love having plants in my kitchen window - it's so easy to snip a little off as you need it for cooking.  

Miracle-Gro® started The Gro-ables® Project to share the fun of growing herbs and veggies and give kids hands-on learning experiences at the same time. You can join in on the movement by planting your own Gro-ables and sharing your story! For more information, you can visit the Gro-ables Project website!

Do you have any tips on growing plants with children?  Share them in the comments below!

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