Summer Garden Planning

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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!

Miracle Gro Growables

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!

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  • Kalamity Kelli

    Are these new? I’ve never seen them before – how cool! We don’t have a garden because our entire yard is covered in shade – and the trees are old beautiful pecan trees so they won’t be coming down. But the farmers market opens in two weeks and I can’t wait! I’m going to tell my mom about these little things though – she would love them.

    • solidgoldeats

      They are new! Saw a commercial about them and then proceeded to look the up online. Since you only need a one foot square, I’m sure you can find a small space to plant them in! Or even a container would work. I agree, can’t wait for the farmers market. Some things i cannot grow here because of time and tools, like fruits, so I’ll be able to supplement my home growings with that!

  • KrystalSpring

    Hi Sara! It’s great to see your enthusiasm for the product and that you are sharing it with other gardeners. I just wanted to let you know that all those plants are not planted in a square foot area – they each have their own spacing requirements. Check the label and the growing guide that was included in your kit to make sure your plants have enough space to thrive :) Good luck and have fun with your garden!

    • solidgoldeats

      Wow, glad you said something or I may have overcrowded my garden (again)! Last year I planted the tomatoes and cucumbers too close to each other and they kind of cross-polinated. Yuck. Thank you!