Our Miracle-Gro Gro-ables Update: Indoor/Outdoor Garden

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

It's now officially time to plant here in Nebraska, and we are headed out this week (once storms pass) to place the remaining Miracle-Gro Gro-ables from our kit into the ground. As we had shared earlier, we did plant a few in our indoor greenhouse inside some pots, and those will be transplanted at a later date.

The great thing about the Gro-ables, is that you usually do not need to mess with pots at all! You simply put them into the ground, water, and watch them become beautiful garden plants within weeks! Since we have a colder climate here, however, we did decide to plant a few indoors. The tomato plants are doing very well! It will just be a matter of time before we can enjoy home-grown goodies like cucumbers, tomatoes, and fresh herbs grown from our Miracle-Gro Gro-ables.

Did you order one of the kits? What are you most excited about? I'm particular eager to see the peppers, eggplant, and tomatoes mature and produce. Besides these kits being a great way to get those with no experience gardening a perfect start, they are great for planting with kids. What a great family project it can be to garden together!

My kids garden every year, and some of the things they have learned is:
  • how to care for the natural resources we are given here on the farm
  • the science of the plant life-cycle
  • the best fruits and veggies for our climate
  • the reward of hard work through weeding, watering, and harvesting
  • how delicious home-grown fruits and veggies can be
  • how to prepare various veggies, especially finding unique ways to eat the abundance that can occur from over-producers like squash and zucchini
Here are my favorite tips for getting kids to help in the garden:

1. Pick a day that's easiest to work. No heat-of-the-day gardening; pick cool, dry times to weed. Use sunscreen and a hat to keep you cool. Drink lots of liquid.

2. Bring music. We like to jam to our favorite songs while working.

3. Discover nature. Use the garden as a living classroom. Discuss all the things you see, and -- if you find something strange -- like a new bug, take time after your gardening session to research it!

4. Share with others. Gardens can be a great way to bless others with your "extras". Too many tomatoes can be made into sauce to give away to friends and family. Or set up a care package of your surplus and donate to the local food pantry. There are so many ways to make the extras go to good use; don't waste anything, and you'll feel good about the hard work you put into your garden.

What did you learn from your years of gardening? If you're new to gardening, will you be giving the Gro-ables Project a try? I think they are an awesome way for seasoned and new gardeners to have the best start in the garden. With the seed, potting mix, and food built right in to each pod, it's just easier! Be sure to learn about them as an easy way to start at the official website.
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