This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro Gro-ables for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
This year on the first day of spring in Boston, it snowed.
The day after that, it hailed.
Spring comes slowly to Boston. Last year, I started my first vegetable garden with my kids. I waited until Memorial Day in case of frost. My husband built critter proof planters, complete with covers. It was squirrel, bunny, and chipmunk proof!
The kids and I enjoyed harvesting from our small garden: tomatoes, eggplant, string beans, lettuce, bell pepper, carrots, radishes, and cucumbers. Not everything was tasty; some of the cucumbers grew weirdly shaped and tasted woody. No one liked the spicy radishes either.
But the tomatoes were a hit! Nothing beats a tomato eaten right off the vine!
This year, I’m going to try planting from seed instead of seedings. I’m thrilled to be selected to grow with Miracle-Gro Gro-ables! They sent me 30 Gro-able pods of all kinds of vegetables! It’s so simple — everything we need to grow a fruit, herb, or vegetable can be found in this seed pod. We simply plants, waters, and watches the seed pod grow. And each Gro-able is guaranteed to grow!
We had a family meeting to decide what to plant. Everyone had a favorite and not everything made the list this year. We are going to grow: tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, lettuce, herbs, and eggplant.
The seed pods from Miracle-Gro Gro-ables fit perfectly in my small garden plot. My kids and I had fun planting the pods. It makes growing from seed so easy: just push the seed pod into the potting mix until the top is level and water daily. In 1-2 weeks the seed will sprout. Several months after planting, flowers will appear. Fruit will soon follow!
Miracle-Gro Gro-ables pods are easy to plant!
Planting a garden with kids is a wonderful way to connect kids to Earth Day and nature. It also gets kids eating their veggies! Who wouldn’t want to eat what they’ve grown themselves?
I made a book list of my favorite gardening picture books for kids. From this list, kids can see that planting a garden can change the world. With The Gardener, a garden helps a little girl and her uncle survive The Great Depression.
The Curious Garden demonstrates how a garden can brighten urban areas.
Wangari Maathai won a Nobel Peace Prize for her work planting trees in Kenya.
The Ugly Vegetables brings a neighborhood closer.
A Seed is Sleepy gets kids curious about the diversity of seeds and how they transform into plants.
I hope these picture book will get you and your kids ready to start your own garden! It can be as simple as a kitchen window sill potted garden!
If you want to try Miracle-Gro Gro-ables, there are individual kits that come in one variety. You can choose from a list of 4-6 types. Gro-ables are a fun activity to get kids outside and interacting with nature and food now that winter is over!
Once you plant your garden, you might be ready for the next step … composting! I have a book for that too! That’s our next step too!
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6 thoughts on “Get Kids Gardening with Miracle-Gro® Gro-ables!”
Here in Brittany France, my potatoes, spinach and lettuce is going great but we still had sleet yesterday! The weather here is screwy as well. So far, so good though….In a shamEless plug for a book, may I also suggest PUMPKIN TIME!, a picture book with gardening, written by Erzsi Deak and illustrated by yours truly, published by Sourcebooks.
I will check out Pumpkin Time!! I need to do a fall post in a few months and I’ll make sure to read your book!!! I’m glad your garden is doing well, despite the sleet. We are supposed to get frost this weekend here in Boston so it’s still too soon to plant the garden!
You are a super mom 🙂
Thanks so much for your kind words Elena! I need to get back to PowerHouse Kickboxing!!! I’m glad you met my friend Liz Padula, at Artemis Yoga. She thinks so highly of you both!
We were in Boston in late March for my mom’s memorial. We had every kind of weather. It snowed the day before I flew up. It rained. It was cold in the upper 30s. It was knock-you-down windy. It was in the 70s. And it snowed the day after we left!
I love the idea of gardening but never have enough time to follow up on it.
That’s Boston weather in a nutshell! 🙂 I’m sorry to hear about your loss.