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.