How My Mom Ruined Gardening For Me and How Gro-Ables are Helping Me Grow

This post is brought to you by Gro-ables. All opinions are 100% mine.

Early one Saturday morning when I was about 16 years old my mother barreled into my room and stated matter of factly, “We know you had a party last weekend.” I sat up groggily swiping at me eyes and mumbled “Huh?” She continued, “We know you had a party last weekend.” I collapsed back onto my pillow and muttered, “Fine, whatever, just let me go back to sleep.” My mom, the turkey hunter PhD, later admitted that they didn’t actually have proof, just a lot of circumstantial evidence, so technically she was bluffing. Dang she was good. She let me sleep a few more hours and then came thundering back into my room and said, “That’s enough sleep, now get your butt out in the yard.”

When I was growing up I liked to test my boundaries. A little. Ok, a lot. Like, all the time. And the most fitting punishment my parents could think of was working out in the yard. And boy was it fitting. From about March until October it was hot and humid and the creepy crawly things in our yard were never in short supply.

I also liked to string out my punishment. Depending on the crime sometimes my sentence was severe, yard work all weekend long. Whatever they could come up with. And other times maybe just weeding a flower bed or mowing the lawn. I can remember sitting in a flower bed pulling about 4 weeds a minute and reading a book. I would just hide it under pine straw if I heard anyone coming. One time I was being particularly stubborn and decided to drag it out until dusk so I could go inside and “finish it” the next day. Not so, my mom grabbed a book and hopped in the car shining the headlights on the flower bed as I grunted and groaned and slapped at mosquitoes, swearing up and down that this was tantamount to child abuse! Can you guess where I got my stubbornness from?

For years I declared that I would never, ever do yard work again. They had ruined me from ever stepping foot into another garden, ever! Then I grew up. Fast forward to present day. I am a master at weeding flower beds, planting plants, splitting plants, laying pine straw, even edging. But for whatever reason I am not so great at keeping them a live, and starting from seed? Yeah, right!

Enter Gro-ables!

Gro-Ables, by Miracle Gro, are a new pre-packaged seed pod that makes it easy to grow your own herbs and veggies from seed. I’m pretty sure even I can’t screw this up!! I am new to growing not killing my own herbs and have never grown vegetables. Thankfully, the seed pods are designed to simplify the growing process so it’s not overwhelming or confusing. The pods can be planted in pots in an apartment or in the ground outside your home.

Basil photo 12_MG_Basil_4809_1209002_V01_zps6f5578dc.jpgI am so excited to give this a try! I received 3 seed pods yesterday, Basil, Cilantro, and Sweet Peppers. I’m going to wait another week or two and plant them in this small garden outside our back patio. I will be checking back in with y’all and sharing my progress. Accountability is good, these plants have a chance!! photo c3678cf8-0cca-48d6-bd68-b8d92b771fe8_zpsb892a002.jpg

I also can’t wait to try out this awesome Guacamole with the cilantro recipe from Simply Recipes!

It will be perfect for summer!! I can sit out on the patio with a margarita and chips and guac! I can’t wait!!

Do you have a green thumb? Have you every tried to grow herbs and veggies?

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