We Are Getting Our Garden Growing with Miracle-Gro Organic Choice

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Getting the Garden Ready

The promise of Spring is finally in the air – at least it is here in Georgia. After our coldest March on record, temperatures appear to be inching upwards. Last night, I hope, was our final freeze for the season.

Around our house, warmer temps not only mean packing up the winter clothes, they also mean it is time to start planting our garden.

Having a backyard garden has so many benefits. We have a backyard garden because it is:

·         An economical way to add a variety of delicious fruits and vegetables to our diet

·         Environmentally friendly

·         A wonderful way to teach the kids about:

o   The life cycle of a plant

o   How our food gets to the table

o   Being friendly to the environment

o   The payoff when you work hard to accomplish something

·         Fun and relaxing

Despite the unusually cold winter, we did have a few nice weekends In February. On those weekends, my husband started building our new raised garden bed and preparing our large planters for the items we plant in our container garden.

We’ve also been talking to the kids about what to plant this year. So far, we have agreed on cucumbers, tomatoes, sugar snap peas, bell peppers, spinach, cabbage, carrots.

On top of those things, we will plant our herb garden. My oldest son loves the herbs so much that he has been known to eat basil and lemon thyme right off of the plant. Of course, the “scavenging” isn’t just limited to the herb garden. One afternoon last year, while my husband’s back was turned, the boys conspired to eat every single tomato off of one of the cherry tomato plants.

While I definitely prefer to wash the fruits and veggies before they boys eat them, I’m thrilled by their excitement. It also brings back memories of my childhood – my sister and I used to sneak out to my mom’s garden and eat all of the peas. My mom would come out and find empty pea shells all over the garden bed, and us happily swinging on the swing set with full bellies.

Gardening with Miracle-Gro Organic Choice

The boys’ enthusiasm for eating the garden vegetables right off the stem just serves to remind me of the importance of selecting the right products to help the garden grow. For that reason, we have decided to use organic products to grow our garden this year.

I was pleased to see that a brand we already love, Miracle-Gro , offers the Organic Choice line. The Organic Choice line offers fully organic soil, potting mix and plant food. Products that we can use in both our raised garden bed and our container garden.

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My mouth is already watering as I think about the first cucumber and tomato salad we will make with this year’s bounty. It is a simple, but amazing salad that our entire family likes. You just toss cucumbers and tomatoes with a dressing made of apple cider vinegar, olive oil and a hint of something sweet (honey, sugar, agave – the choice is yours).

Knowing that it will all start with Miracle-Gro Organic garden soil means that my family really will get the best from our garden this year, and do it in an environmentally friendly way.

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Comments

  1. says

    We’ve had shoddy gardens here and there, but nothing too amazing. My father always had a fantastic garden, even when he was terminally ill, the man’s garden was amazing. I want to start off growing my own herbs, as I cook with them daily. I also want a salsa garden–tomatoes, cilantro, garlic, onions and peppers.

  2. says

    I just began to think about my garden this past week and wouldn’t you know it, it snowed today. And not just a little bit of snow. A lot of snow. I’m beginning to wonder if spring will ever come.

  3. says

    I can’t wait to start gardening these season. My favorites to grow are cucumbers and tomatoes. There is absolutely nothing like tomatoes fresh off the vine – the smell is divine, let alone the taste. I also love having fresh strawberries.

  4. says

    I cant wait to see how these sprout. I think they’d be great for even those with a green thumb but especially for people (aka me) without a green thumb!

  5. says

    I try at times to grow things. Last year I just about gave up because the birds would get most of my strawberries and all of my blueberries before I could harvest them. I like to grow my own – that way I know that my produce was truly grown with organic materials.

  6. says

    I don’t grow my own. I am so busy with working about 60 hours a week (plus blogging!) that I don’t have enough free time to keep it up well.

  7. says

    I can’t wait until we can garden here, too! We only do organic gardening so we don’t add anything but I’m dying to get out there and get my veggie plants going. This will be our first year working this dirt so I have no idea how good it is. I’m starting with herbs and a salsa garden, but we have to wait until the landscaping is 100% done until I can plant, and that’s at least another 1-2 mths away. My husband’s doing over half of it, which is a lot of digging, and he’s only available on weekends. I love garden picture, I hope you share some! :)

  8. says

    We have a couple of weeks before we can plant. It has been way too cold at night for a garden. But I am excited for all the fresh veggies.

  9. says

    I usually grown tomatoes and peppers in planters, a big garden is too overwhelming for me. Nothing tastes as good as home grown tomatoes.

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