This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro Gro-ables for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
Spring has finally arrived and our trees are full of leaves again. It’s weird how much I missed the leaves. I watched our backyard come to life over the past few weeks, with greener grass and the leaves and the squirrels and birds. Now that spring is here and we’re just about past our last frost date, we can start planting outdoors! The kids are very excited whenever we talk gardening, and I love their excitement. There’s nothing better than getting dirty and growing your own food.
We went ahead and started some Miracle-Gro Gro-ables recently in pots that we can move indoors if we have a cold night. We planted three to start us off: romaine lettuce, spinach and basil. I’m already dreaming of the fresh pesto!
What I love about these little seed pods is how crazy easy they are. You simply pull off the top label and push into loosened potting mix and water. Boom.
So, you want to start your own backyard garden with your kids?
To get started you will need to know the best place in your yard to house your garden. You want plenty of sun and a place that gets rain or has easy access to a hose. If you have pets, think about how easy it is for them to access your garden and if you’ll need to do some animal-proofing.
You can clear the ground and plant directly into the ground, build a raised garden bed, or use containers. We have a garden bed made from cement blocks and planted these in pots. It was a DIY project that involved just cement blocks, weed block fabric and bags of potting mix. You can customize your own space to fit how much room you have, how much food you want to grow, and the shape by making your own. There are tons of options for containers and even raised bed building kits!
Get the kids involved in not just the planting and eventual harvesting, but also the maintenance. Someone will need to make sure things watered, and weeds are pulled. Assist with checking for pests and deal with them promptly to avoid any plant damage.
When it’s time to harvest, help them! My kids love to pick peas and strawberries and with guidance and practice there’s less room for smashed produce or plant damage. Let them help with washing and do a taste test! For the younger kids, you can talk about the colors and sizes of the fruits and vegetables you plant. Older kids can help use these new ingredients in simple recipes.
We need to add some garden markers because the labels aren’t meant to stay there by the plants. You can see our garden bed there and yes, it needs to be cleaned out. We already have strawberry plants in from last year that are starting to bloom! The kids will be excited for those cool strawberries first thing in the morning – and so am I!
You can start your own backyard garden as a family and see how food grows from seed and ends up on your table. It’s a great thing to teach our children and to have them help with the entire process. Be sure to visit the Gro-ables Project website to find more activities, projects, and buy your Gro-ables seed pods to get started!