Do you ever feel like you’re running out of things to do with the kids? I definitely have times where I wonder: what are we going to do all day?? That’s why I was so excited when Miracle-Gro offered to send us a kit of their Gro-ables seed pods to try as a part of the Gro-ables Project!
The Gro-ables Project is “a movement to share the joy of growing herbs and veggies while giving kids truly hands-on learning experiences.” It’s an opportunity to have fun AND learn valuable skills at the same time!
I don’t have much of a green thumb (at all), but Gro-ables are guaranteed to grow if you follow the directions (which are super simple—I’ll show you how!)
When it comes to activities for young kids (my oldest daughter is seven), simple is better. As far as gardening goes, it doesn’t get much simpler than this. I do have a few plants on our back patio that I have managed to keep alive, and my daughter loves to check on them with me and help water them. I knew she would be thrilled to create a garden of her own!
The weather has been pretty dreary lately, raining almost every day, so we decided to plant our garden indoors. We also decided to start with herbs, because they are generally pretty hardy and easy to maintain — perfect for kids, or gardening novices like myself.
Normally, I would be a little hesitant to try gardening with kids in my house, but Gro-ables are practically mess-free! Here is the setup for our herb garden:
- Miracle-Gro Gro-ables seed pods
- Cups (we used disposable since we might move our herbs outside when they are bigger)
- Potting mix
- Permanent marker
STEP ONE: Start by partially filling each cup with potting mix. We did this over a plastic bin to keep everything contained.
STEP TWO: Remove label and press the Gro-ables pod into the potting mix. Pour additional potting mix around the sides of the Gro-ables pod to fill the cup and gently pack.
STEP THREE: Mark each cup with the type of herb planted as you go along. Water until damp and place in indirect sunlight. Your plants should start sprouting in 1-2 weeks!
Once the weather gets nicer, we’re going to plant some of the other Gro-ables in our backyard. We’ve got cucumbers, spinach, and even jalapeños that we’re so excited to try!
Something neat that I noticed after we finished planting our herb garden is that this project taught my daughter responsibility. Every day she checks on the plants to see if they need watered. She might turn out to be a much better gardener than I!
So what are you waiting for? Click through for more information and to get started with the Gro-ables Project! Gardening with kids is a great activity to do together AND you’ll end up with herbs (or veggies) that you can use in the kitchen later!
Do you have any expert tips for newbie gardeners like us? I’d love to hear them!
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