Have you seen the commercials for Miracle Gro Growables? They’re cute little seed pods that arrived at my door today. For less than $30.00, you get a wide variety of lettuces, tomatoes, herbs, snap peas, cucumbers and sweet peppers, perfect for a starter garden. Only have a small space for plants? Then this is exactly what you want.
The price is also right. Purchasing all of these as plants separately would cost around $50.00 depending on where you go. There are 18 seed pods per purchase. Also, you’re receiving seed pods, not already-partially-grown plants, and all you have to do is put them in the ground with some soil and water and let them grow. I cannot wait to get started!
We also want to plant jalapenos, which were great in the hot summer we had last year, as well as more tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, onions and garlic, along with flowers that can help fight off the bugs and also pollinate the plants.
I sound smart, right? Not really – all of this has been learned from friends, books, and trial and error from last year.
So what happened last year?
- It was an unusually dry, hot summer, so the peppers thrived while the tomatoes suffered.
- We had two large raised beds, one for peppers and one for tomatoes and cucumbers. The tomatos and cucumbers took a long time to sprout up, and when the cucumbers did grow they became fat and yellow, probably from being planted too close to the tomatoes.
- It was buggy – like, SO MANY BUGS. Mosquitos, mostly, so that every time I walked out to water the plants I was bitten at least a dozen times. This sucked.
- I didn’t realize the power of herbs, so while I had oregano, basil and chive plants, I didn’t tend to them as much as I should, and definitely didn’t take advantage of the surplus by drying them out.
Over the next few weeks I plan on sharing my garden with you, the process of finding plants, determining where they should grow, when to plant them, how much to water them, and all of that lovely stuff. Hopefully you’ll learn a few things from me to prevent your own mistakes!