Yay, spring is here! The days are getting warmer and we’re now past the point of when our area has its average last freeze. You know what that means… It is time to get outside and start planting! Today I’m sharing this simple how to grow a container garden project that is just perfect to do with the kids!
My kids have always been fascinated with planting seeds and trying to get stuff to grow. It’s so funny to watch them harvest seeds from apples, oranges, tomatoes (pretty much anything with seeds) and run outside together and plant them in the ground. Of course, I knew they were never going to see results this way. They were always so excited about planting their seeds, I didn’t have the heart to tell them nothing would happen. Plus, I just liked watching them play outside together and using their imagination.
The kids and I had so much fun together over spring break working outside on this little container garden. The best part of the project? These seeds will DEFINITELY GROW!
(Big thank you to Miracle-Gro Gro-ables for partnering with me to bring you this project. All opinions are 100% mine .)
For our project, I thought about using established plants from the plant nursery, but I wanted to give the kids a chance to see something grow from seeds. I decided the Miracle-Gro Gro-ables were the way to go. Have you seen these? The Miracle-Gro Gro-ables are little pods that contain seeds and everything else you need to grow a fruit, herb, or vegetable. (Except the water, of course.)
To get us started on this project, I made a quick trip up to the local hardware/garden store and grabbed 2 wide containers. (I wanted to line the plants up in one container for each kid.) I also picked up some additional potting mix, and the supplies to make some cute little plant markers. (Want to make a set of these markers for yourself? Check out the tutorial here!) The plastic containers I bought were originally orange, but I used some spray paint for plastic we already had on hand and gave the pots a quick spring color makeover.
To make the container gardens, it’s as easy as filling the planter with potting mix, making a small hole in the soil, peeling off the Grow-ables lid and pushing the seed pod into the soil until the top of the pod is level with the soil’s surface.
That’s it and each Gro-able is guaranteed to grow! Water daily and in 1-2 weeks your seed will sprout.
Everyone is so excited to see the plants grow!
Miracle-Gro® believes there’s a lot to learn from even the smallest plants. They’ve started the Gro-ables Project: a movement to share the joy of growing herbs and veggies while giving kids truly hands-on learning experiences. Join us by planting your own Gro-ables, taking part in the activities below and sharing your story on twitter by tagging Miracle-Gro on Twitter @miraclegro and Instagram @miraclegro and use hashtag: #GroablesProject!