This post brought to you by Gro-ables Project. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Farmhouse Made.
I am happy to say, it’s finally spring here! It was so gorgeous this weekend, we spent the whole darn thing outside, getting the herb, flower, and veggie gardens ready for planting. These kiddos love digging in the earth, rolling around in the grass, and tending to their gardens, so when I partnered up with the Gro-ables Project with Miracle-gro, we were super excited – I love to share in my kid’s joy of growing veggies and herbs, and giving them hands-on learning experiences. If you’re a frequent reader here, you know we love to pick our own fruits and veggies at local farms, and we love to grow our own herbs, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, spinach, peas, green beans, pumpkins and watermelons. Things just taste better knowing we grew it in the back yard.
The best part, is having 3 little farmers getting every day hands-on learning experiences, just by growing a few simple veggies and herbs. Y’all, there are so many lessons kiddos learn while in the garden – patience, nurturing, responsibility, consistency, science, social studies, cooking, math… you don’t need a giant garden, farm, or even a yard. All you need is a container, potting mix, plant food, water, sun, and Gro-ables.
We decided to start some herb seeds in a container for our picnic table in the back yard. It’ll double as an adorable center piece, and it’ll give me easy access for when I need a few of my favorite herb varieties – basil, cilantro, and thyme. I already had thyme growing inside for a while in my window, I thought he would do well outside now, along with some basil and cilantro herb Gro-ables.
If you’ve ever started herbs or veggies from seeds, you’ve got experience with rogue seeds, improper hole depth; add 20 little fingers clamoring over them, and you’ve got yourself a potential mess. Gro-able seed pods are great for kid-sized hands (who am I kidding, they’re great for grown ups too!) and are frustration free.
How to use Gro-ables in your easy container herb garden
If your container doesn’t have holes already in it, go ahead and drill or nail some in. If you can’t put holes in the container, add a layer of rocks to help the water drain properly. Once you’ve got holes or rocks, fill up your container with good potting mix.
Loosen the potting mix…
Peel the paper top off…
Push the pod down into the dirt. You know it’s the perfect level once the top lip of the Gro-able is even with the surface of the potting mix.
Water the pod and the surrounding potting mix and sit the herb container in the sun. In about 2 weeks, you’ll get some sprouting. Once the herb seedlings are a few inches tall, you’ll want to thin the sprouts out so there is just one seedling, to ensure they have room to grow.
These pods are awesome, and great for anyone really, but they make a wonderful stress-free kid-friendly project you can do together. The simplicity of these are just awesome – they certainly take the guess work out of starting seeds, and we cannot wait to plant the other varieties of Gro-ables in the bigger veggie garden!
As these cuties sprout, I will do another post on how they make out!! Learn more about the Gro-ables Project, and I would love for y’all to share your kiddos gardening projects and kid gardening tips with us all on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and right here in the comments!