This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro. All opinions are 100% mine.
This spring, it finally clicked with me just how much more alive a room feels when you add flowers and greenery. I’ve been adding beautiful faux flowers and plants like a mad woman and I love them, but it’s time to take things to the next level. I’m ready to go all in and bring some actual real, live plants into my home.
Ok, that might be a bit dramatic. But I’ve always avoided having indoor plants because I was afraid I wouldn’t keep up with watering and taking care of them properly. And then I would have a house full of dying plants on top of guilt about not giving the plants a better life.
But not anymore. I figure if I can keep two tiny humans alive and thriving, I can probably handle a few plants. Plus, in this case, fake plants just really aren’t going to cut it. It’s the real deal or nothing because I really want to plant a kitchen herb garden. Lately it seems like all of our family’s favorite recipes involve using lots of fresh veggies and herbs and far too often I have to skip the herbs. They can be pretty pricey and I usually forget to buy them when I am getting groceries anyway. So I’m going to make sure that doesn’t happen again by having all of my favorites at my fingertips!
I am really excited to try Miracle-Gro’s new Expand N’ Gro for this project. Expand ‘n’ Gro is different from other types of soil. When you are ready to use it, you add water to it and it expands up to three times its size. This helps keep the soil lightweight, it holds more water than typical potting mix, and there is a lot more space for air in the soil. It also feeds plants for up to six months and grows plants that are up to three times bigger. You can use it for planting things in the ground, in raised beds, or even in containers like I plan to do.
This handy graphic explains the whole process really simply.
But the absolute best part of this new soil? You can buy it online at Amazon and have it shipped right to your house! Because it expands, it is super lightweight compared to other soils, so shipping it is no big deal. And since I will avoid dragging my two little boys to the store with me at all costs, anytime I can buy what I need online is a major win.
Since I’m on a kick of adding more character to our kitchen, I’m going to be building a cute, farmhouse style planter box to house my herb garden. And of course, I’ll be sharing the planter tutorial and my cute herb garden with all of you soon.
Griffin is pretty excited about helping plant the garden. When I told him we were going to plant plants that we could cook and eat, he was seriously amazed. It seems like we may need to talk a bit more about where the food we eat comes from!
As for the plants, so far I’ve picked up some basil and oregano to plant. And I’m definitely going to need to add some cilantro – yum. Have any other suggestions for me? What are your favorite herbs to cook with?