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Growing Memories – Miracle-Gro Gro-ables Review and Giveaway

Miracle-Gro Gro-ables Seed Pods

I’d like to begin by saying that I have a black thumb. The only time I’ve successful maintained a herb garden all summer was the year my mom started the plants for me and gave them to me. I was chatting about this with my husband on the way to church Sunday and he said, “You can keep a plant alive, you keep two kids alive and well so you can certainly handle plants.”

But see, the problem is, I’m too busy taking care of the kids, writing this blog, working at the hospital and taking care of the inside of our house (barely), who has time to plant and take care of plants?

But here’s another problem: I LOVE having fresh vegetables and herbs at my disposal. What’s better than walking into the yard (or the balcony of our condo in my case) and grabbing some fresh herbs to brighten up that delicious recipe you just made? Or how about grabbing a handful of fresh spinach to create a healthy salad for lunch?

Miracle-Gro Gro-ables Seed Pods

So when Miracle-Gro® approached me to team up and try out their  Gro-ables® Seed Pods™, it was obviously something I wanted in on! Anything to make this whole gardening business a bit easier. And these seed pods certainly make it easier. Each ready-to-plant seed pod contains growing materials, plant food and a specially selected seed from one of 17 different varieties including basil, spinach, cilantro, dill, sweet peppers, cherry tomatoes and more.

Miracle-Gro Gro-ables Seed Pods

Since we’re in a second-story condo at this time, my space is limited. I chose to do two small pots, one with spinach and one with basil. I thought that planting these seed pods and watching them grow would be the perfect project for me to do with my three-year-old (E). I bought her some princess gloves and a princess spade…well…because I saw them at the store and couldn’t resist. We had so much fun planting these seed pods — I can’t wait for her to learn how plants grow and make their way to our table. Maybe she’ll even start eating spinach.

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Planting these seed pods could not possibly be easier. You fill up your pot (or garden) with potting soil….

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….and then press the seed pod down into the soil.

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We even got little man involved!

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Sort of. He kept trying to scoop the dirt OUT of our pots. But he was having fun.

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All that’s left to do is water them, watch them grow and use them in some great recipes!

If you’re in need of some inspiration, here are some great recipes:

Spinach Recipes:

Easy Spinach Artichoke Bites
20 Minute Turkey, Bean and Spinach Soup
Mini Frittatas with Spinach and Red Pepper
Spinach Orzo Salad with Chicken Meatballs and Chickpeas
Savory Quinoa Muffins
Spinach Quiche with Cornmeal Crust

Basil Recipes:

Large Batch Mild Pesto
Herbed Israeli Couscous Salad with Tomatoes and Mozzarella
Pizza Turkey Burgers
Strawberries with Basil Whipped Cream
Strawberries with Basil Sugar
Pasta with Chicken Sausage, Basil, Mushrooms and More

Interested in trying out Miracle-Gro Gro-able seed pods? Make sure to enter to win some!

Miracle-Gro Gro-ables Seed Pods

Details: One (1) winner will receive: Steel Watering Can, Decorative Plant Labels, Gardening Gloves and Gro-ables Seed Pods.

To Enter: Follow the directions on the widget below. Give it a minute to load and if it isn’t loading follow the link to enter. If you don’t see a link — please let me know!

What would you want to plant first? Tweet me with the hashtag #groables or leave a comment here!

Disclosure: MiracleGro has compensated me to write this post but all opinions are my own, as always. 




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86 Responses to “Growing Memories – Miracle-Gro Gro-ables Review and Giveaway”

  1. Tasha Douda — April 29, 2014 at 6:24 am

    We would love to try the cucumbers (my daughter never has enough!) and any herbs (I love using fresh herbs when making homemade sauces!).

  2. Lucy Vargad — April 29, 2014 at 6:24 am

    I would like to try the cherry tomatoes. I would to plant these with my 2 grandaughter, who are 3 and 8 years old.

  3. Jeanne — April 29, 2014 at 6:46 am

    I would love to try the cucumbers and herbs. So exciting!!

  4. Maureen — April 29, 2014 at 6:57 am

    I would love to have the herb pods, I have tried growing from seeds in regular flats and no luck. This would be great to have the plants on the patio.

  5. Bryn — April 29, 2014 at 7:09 am

    Cherry tomatoes for sure

  6. Marsha — April 29, 2014 at 7:18 am

    I would like to try the cilantro first. These pods are a great idea, especially for growing herbs in a pot.

  7. Jill Hartley — April 29, 2014 at 7:26 am

    MMMM. Basil for salads and pastas and peppers!

  8. Sandy Headtke — April 29, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Would love to grow basil, when I buy it in the store if I don’t use it that day it has gone bad when I do go to use it.

  9. Pamela Gurganus — April 29, 2014 at 7:41 am

    The variety of variety of Miracle-Gro Gro-ables I’d want to plant first is the Cherry Tomato Seed Pod!

  10. Lesa @ Edesia's Notebook — April 29, 2014 at 7:45 am

    This looks really neat. I have unsuccessfully tried to grow herbs before. The one I want to try growing the most is cilantro.

  11. Bethany — April 29, 2014 at 8:01 am

    tomatoes, for sure – I love tomatoes

  12. Katie — April 29, 2014 at 8:05 am

    The tomatoes.

  13. Stephanie Easterling — April 29, 2014 at 8:20 am

    I would like to try and grow some Basil for all of my Pasta dishes that I make.

  14. Linda romer — April 29, 2014 at 8:33 am

    I would start with herbs. I love basil, parsley, rosemary, dill ect. I love to cook with fresh herbs in the summer.

  15. kimberly mohr — April 29, 2014 at 8:37 am

    time to put in the spinach.

  16. Kristin M. — April 29, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Cherry tomatoes and the cucumbers!

  17. kimberly mohr — April 29, 2014 at 8:39 am

    love herb gardens. Mine are already coming up from last year. not all come back

  18. Andrea — April 29, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Herb pods. I love having fresh herbs in my garden. Although right now I have more chives than I know what to do with.

  19. Katie S. — April 29, 2014 at 8:45 am

    I would plant cilantro and tomato, perfect start to my ideal Mexican inspired meal

  20. Sarah G — April 29, 2014 at 8:50 am

    The cucumber and cilantro! Both are favorites in my house!

  21. Heather — April 29, 2014 at 9:04 am

    I would love to have the Spinach and cherry tomato pods! Instant salad!! I am going to have to look for these in the stores!

  22. Heather C. — April 29, 2014 at 9:19 am

    I would love to try one (or a few) of the herb pods. Fresh herbs are the best!

  23. Logan Odom — April 29, 2014 at 9:24 am

    The cucumber and spinach!

  24. Kim Porter — April 29, 2014 at 9:43 am

    I’d plant the cherry tomatoes ASAP. Nothing beats the favor of a fresh tomato.

  25. Liz@Virtually Homemade — April 29, 2014 at 9:50 am

    My kids loved gardening when they were younger. It’s such a great summer activity for them. Tomatoes are probably the easiest to grow, so I’d stick with that 🙂

  26. Patty Kasiewicz — April 29, 2014 at 9:52 am

    I would plant tomatoes,because my husband loves tomatoes in any form.

  27. Becky Hackett — April 29, 2014 at 9:54 am

    I think the herbs would be great fun to grow and give some different flavors to our meals.

  28. Erin | The Law Student's Wife — April 29, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Oh my goodness, E is so cute I almost can’t stand it!!! Definitely the herb pods for me. I dream of having a garden, but have a black thumb too. You are giving me hope!

  29. Linda — April 29, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Spinach Please! I have tomatoes already started and growing well!!! Your daughter is precious, and what an adorable little man!!! Treasure these years they go by too fast….

  30. Susan — April 29, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Growing up I always had a garden and come dinner time we would walk though the garden and decide what we wanted to pick and prepare for dinner. Would love to try the cucumber packets.

  31. Lecy — April 29, 2014 at 10:41 am

    I want to try any of the herbs or the spinach. They look so cute and I’m sure the products are delicious!

  32. ColleenMarie — April 29, 2014 at 10:52 am

    I think I would like the romaine lettuce Gro-ables.

  33. Mirnada — April 29, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Herbs to start an herb garden!

  34. Debbie — April 29, 2014 at 11:03 am

    I would love to try the basil, cilantro, or cherry tomato seed pod

  35. Food, Faith, and Other Fabulous Finds — April 29, 2014 at 11:11 am

    I would love to try growing some lettuce or spinach. I’m already trying to grow herbs, but I love the idea of a just-picked salad.

  36. sharon s — April 29, 2014 at 11:12 am

    I’d love to try the basil and cilantro — and tomatoes!

  37. Dorothy Teel — April 29, 2014 at 11:12 am

    I believe that we would love to try Miracle-Gro Gro-ables Cherry Tomato Seed Pod, we love to pop cherry tomatoes and eat them like grapes, this would be a fun project

  38. Andrea Joy — April 29, 2014 at 11:49 am

    I would try the spinach or the cucumbers (which are my husband’s favs!)

  39. Jeanne G — April 29, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    The Easter Bunny put these in my grandsons Easter Baskets, they had a blast planting them! I love to grow herbs in the summer on my front steps. Smells so good when you walk by!

  40. Amy R — April 29, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    I think my girls would go crazy over the Jack-O-Lanterns seeds — how fun!

  41. Nicole Given — April 29, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    cucumbers are my favorite

  42. Kim Henrichs — April 29, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    I would love to try out the basil!!

  43. Barrie — April 29, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    I would plant tomatoes first. We eat a ton of tomatoes as a family; my teen is 15 and has loved tomatoes since she was 3!

  44. Kristin — April 29, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    I would want zucchini! Yummmy!

  45. Margot C — April 29, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    I would like to star with a Basil Seed pod, then Parsley, then Cilantro!

  46. denise — April 29, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    loose leaf lettuce and globe tomatoes

  47. Terri C — April 29, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Would love to plant the spinach to start with. My 4yo granddaughter that I care for would love this!

  48. Kelly G — April 29, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    I would love to try to herbs

  49. Dee Fedor — April 29, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    I would plant the Cilantro first!

    • Rachel Gurk — May 12th, 2014 @ 2:55 pm

      Congrats Dee, you won! I’ll be emailing you in a second so make sure to check your spam 🙂

  50. Amy Tong — April 29, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    How fun and these are so easy to use. I know my kids will love them. I have many herbs in small pots….and a tomato. I can’t wait to try the cucumber one. So cool.

  51. Shirley — April 29, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Not only do I have black thumbs, but all my fingers also 🙁 However, I would like to try the Basil and see if my thumbs and fingers could shed the black and maybe start to tinge green. Thank you!

  52. Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog — April 29, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Ok-you have the cutest daughter ever! I’d love to try the basil ones, although, I always kill basil somehow…still…I dream, right?

  53. Darlene Peterson — April 29, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    I’d love to try the herb pods first. I’ve always had to plant baby plants in the past.

  54. Melissa C. — April 29, 2014 at 3:42 pm


  55. Kelli — April 29, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    I’d like to try growing basil.

  56. Leslie — April 29, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    I want to plant dill.

  57. Jaclyn Reynolds — April 29, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    The cherry tomatoes would be fun to grow!

  58. Ali — April 29, 2014 at 6:41 pm


  59. Megan — April 29, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    I have always wanted to start an edible garden, so I would love to start with anything!!!

  60. laura b — April 29, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    We love cherry tomatoes here so that would be my top pick.

  61. Anne — April 29, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    There’s nothing like a fresh garden tomato, so I’d love to try the Miracle-Gro Gro-able Globe Tomato Seed Pod.

  62. Kerrie — April 29, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Any of the herbs, I can’t pick!

  63. Barb — April 29, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    I would love to grow fresh herbs

  64. Karen — April 29, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    The Spinach would be a good starter!

  65. Hm — April 29, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    I would like to grow basil, thyme & oregano as we love Italian food

  66. Mason Canyon — April 30, 2014 at 8:36 am

    I’d especially like to grow the romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes and basil.

  67. Anne [A Squared] — April 30, 2014 at 8:50 am

    I would love to get my patio herb garden going again!

  68. Jessica w — April 30, 2014 at 9:56 am

    I would love to grow the cilantro and basil the most

  69. mysweetiepiepie — April 30, 2014 at 10:07 am

    I’d most like to grow some of the herb pots.

  70. Heather — April 30, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Definitely the cilantro… My house uses it on all sorts of dishes: Mexican, Thai, Salads, etc

  71. Ann Marie Mones — April 30, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    I’d like to try the basil first!

  72. MaryBeth (@misaacmom) — April 30, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    The herbs – I would love to grow something to use in the kitchen in many dishes

  73. Karla G — April 30, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    The tomatoes for sure! Nothing like a fresh tomato in the summer

  74. sarah k @ the pajama chef — May 1, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    i’d love to try the cherry tomatoes!

  75. Karen Martin — May 2, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    The Leaf Spinach!

  76. Judy — May 2, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    I would like to have a herb garden, nothing like fresh herbs to cook with.

  77. Laura — May 3, 2014 at 8:32 am

    spinach or cilantro. We use tons of cilantro

  78. Lacey — May 3, 2014 at 10:27 am

    I’d start with the sweet peppers! But honestly, I want to try most of them 🙂

  79. Leah — May 4, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    I would love to try the cucumber one! There’s nothing like cucumbers fresh off the plant!

  80. Barrie — May 5, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    I love cucumbers and eat them like a banana but I don’t peel them! YUM!

  81. Debbie H — May 5, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    Cilantro and dill followed with pumpkins, cucumbers and zuchini.

  82. Nikki N — May 6, 2014 at 12:44 am

    I would plant basil first!

  83. Annette — May 6, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    The first one I’d plant is the spinach pod. I have a couple of Earth boxes that I need to use, so these pods would be perfect. Too bad I don’t have such cute little helping hands to assist me. 🙂

  84. Barrie — May 7, 2014 at 9:12 am

    I would plant many tomatoes…my daughter has always pulled them off the vine and eat them right then and there. She still eats them like apples!


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