This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro Gro-ables. All opinions are 100% mine.
Gardening is a fun way to get outdoors with your family. Take all the guess work out of how to start a garden with Miracle-Gro Gro-ables. Each Gro-ables pod is guaranteed to grow!
Miracle-Gro Gro-ables are a great way to teach kids how to plant a garden. Gro-ables pods contain everything you need to grow a vegetable, herb or fruit. It is so easy! All you have to do is Plant, Water and Watch it grow.
How To Start a Garden with Miracle-Gro Groables
I recently used Miracle-Gro Gro-ables to teach a local Cub Scouts group how to start a garden. I kept the lesson pretty basic and talked about what seeds need to grow: potting mix, sun and water. For our Gro-ables Project activity, each Scout painted a small terra cotta pot, filled it with potting mix and planted a Miracle-Gro Gro-ables pod in it. I told the kids to make sure to put their pot in a sunny window, water it daily and watch for their plant to grow. Once the weather in our area gets warm enough, they can transfer their plants to an outdoor garden.
Miracle-Gro Gro-ables can be planted directly in the ground, but it’s too cold for us to do that right now. So, we start our gardens indoors six to eight weeks ahead of planting time with Gro-ables. All you need are Gro-ables pods, potting mix and containers to plant them.
My son planted a Cucumber Gro-ables pod and it only took about a week for the seed to sprout. He has been watching it grow and is amazed to see the plant gets noticeably bigger every day. He is already looking forward to eating the cucumbers from the plant he grew all by himself! Kids can really connect with their food and nature through gardening. Gardening is a true hands-on learning experience for children of all ages.
Anyone can grow a variety of different vegetables, herbs and fruits with Miracle-Gro Gro-ables pods. The Cub Scouts in my group had a lot of fun painting their pots and planting the Miracle-Gro Gro-ables pods. The next time we meet together, I am going to ask them for updates on how their garden is growing. This activity is a wonderful way for them to do their Cub Scouts “Grow Something” belt loop requirement.
The painted pots craft turned out really cute. The kids decorated them with Thumbprint Sunflowers and Bumblebees. I chose sunflowers and bumblebees to keep our craft simple. We only needed one color of craft paint: yellow.
Thumbprint Art: Sunflowers and Bumblebees Painted Pots
- Yellow Acrylic Craft Paint
- Black Paint Pen
- Terra Cotta Pot (we used 4 inch sized pots)
- Paper Plate
1. Use a black paint pen to draw a large, solid black circle on the side of the pot. This will be the center of the flower.
2. Squeeze a small amount of yellow paint onto a paper plate. For the Sunflower: Dip thumbprint into the paint until lightly coated. Press thumb on the pot, making yellow thumbprints all the way around the black circle. These are the flower petals. For the Bumblebee: Dip thumbprint into the paint and lightly press thumb on the pot, making a yellow thumbprint. Once the paint is dry, use a black paint pen to draw black stripes on the bee’s body. Add dots for eyes and draw wings.
Once the paint is completely dry, fill the pot with potting mix. Plant a Miracle-Gro Gro-ables pod in the potting mix, sticking it down until the top of the pod is flush with the potting mix level. You do not need to cover the top of the pod with potting mix. Water daily and watch for it to grow. #GroablesProject
Does your family plant a garden? Share your tips for gardening with kids in the comments below.