Welcome Spring with Fresh Herbs and Veggies Grown with Miracle-Gro Organic Choice
March 23, 2014
This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Organic Choice. All opinions are 100% mine.
Hi there! Can you believe it is already spring? It certainly doesn’t feel like spring here but I’m so ready for some sunshine and warm weather. One of my favorite things about spring is the return of farmer’s markets and the abundance of fresh herbs and veggies that making cooking so much better. I’ve always wanted to grow my own garden but my 700 sq ft apartment doesn’t have the same aspirations as me. Luckily, when Miracle-Gro reached out to me about Organic Choice and inspired me by how easy it is to grow organic products in my own home, I realized that I was just making excuses!
Miracle-Gro Organic Choice is an environmentally friendly line of gardening products perfect for growing your own herbs and vegetables. I love that their gardening products are made from natural and organic ingredients, meaning that I can grow organic food in my own home! I also love the fact that by growing my own food, I can really cut down on my environmental impact. Even when I buy locally grown food at farmer’s markets, the produce comes from areas that are at least an hour outside of the city. I have seen some really beautiful places on this earth and I like being able to do my part to keep those places beautiful!
Now that I’ve decided to grow my own herbs and vegetables, I realized I needed to do some research on exactly how to grow them! Here are a few tips I picked up:
1.) Pick a spot that is accessible. Near the kitchen is preferable but somewhere where you can easily harvest your goods!
2.) Consider the size. I don’t have a ton of space in my apartment, so I know that I need to keep my garden small. Being realistic about how much space you have and what you can do in that space is very important for success.
3.) Sunlight is important. Herbs and vegetables need sunlight to grow so it is important to pick a spot that gets several hours of sun a day.
4.) Soil. Plants need soil to grow so I am excited to be using Organic Choice to help me establish a green thumb!
5.) Water. Just like sun, plants needs water to grow. The best time to water is in the morning and you should water at the root rather than the foliage.
Sounds easy, right!? Ok, now for the hard part… what to grow and what recipes to make. The possibilities are endless. I am thinking of some basil, mint and tomatoes. And potentially some cilantro, cucumber and radishes. I was thinking of making a nice caprese salad or maybe a salsa and then using the mint to make spring pasta dish. Or maybe some pesto! This is where I need your help!
Readers, what herbs or vegetables should I grow? Any recipe suggestions? Have you ever grown your own herbs and vegetables?
I am so with you on this! I’ve always wanted to have a full-blown veggie & herb garden, but like you, I just don’t have a backyard to do it. Last year I tried to grow basil, tomatoes, mint, and strawberries on my patio. All except the strawberries turned out pretty good. I would get so excited every time I saw a new tomato popping up! Haha. I will also say that in my experience, mint is really easy to grow. I haven’t watered my little garden area since last year, and a few weeks ago mint started popping up everywhere!
My mini herb garden from last summer did not go so well…everything died minus the rosemary. Granted it was one of the hottest summers on record, though I admit aI forgot to water them almost everyday. Yeah…gotta work on that!
Haha, yeah I think the watering is key. I have killed everything I’ve tried to grow in my apartment: orchids, bonsai plant, etc. Our apartment is always so hot. Even in the winter we sleep with the fan on!
It is so ironic you posted on this. I was just telling my Mom yesterday how I want to plant herbs and a lemon tree. I use so many lemons and citrus trees grow really well here. I was thinking of planting rosemary, oregano and thyme because I use those most for roasted vegetables and to toss on eggs or grilled chicken and fish. I can’t wait to see what you decide!
Hey this is actually really cool! One of the few sponsored posts I would consider purchasing. I have no idea what you should get, as I am clueless myself. I would probably do basil since that is the main herb I find myself buying at the store. I also hear it is really resilient, which is perfect for me. 🙂
The hubby and I had a garden when we first bought the house and had tomatoes, sweet + hot peppers, and cucumbers… and then we let it go wild the next year and never picked it back up. My parents have a massive garden and rarely have to by fresh or frozen veggies anymore. And… they have fruit trees. (I am from the sticks of CT, so this is the norm over there….) I say go for it and plant whatever you love. Tomatoes are super easy if you love em… we always get a huge surplus and have to give them away.
Basil and tomatoes are great starter plants and they grow really well together! (… and all you need is some mozzarella for a delish meal!) This is my second year doing a backyard garden and I just blogged about planting seeds this week. I can’t wait for some fresh veggies!