Gardening Made Easy with Miracle-Gro Gro-Ables

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Since we moved into our home about three years ago now, we’ve had a garden.

The first year, it was AWESOME and produced a ton of veggies, but I’ll be the first to admit, it was way too crowded and I tried to grow way too many different kinds of veggies.

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The second year {being 100% honest here}, it kinda stunk.  We experienced an abnormal amount of rain that season and the garden was just so water-logged the entire time.  Towards the end of summer we finally had some tomatoes and peppers grow, but that’s about it.

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This year, it’s still pretty cold outside, so I’m not quite sure that we should be planiting our garden just yet.  I’m planning to prep it and get the soil ready, but I don’t really want to plant and veggies for another couple of weeks.  Instead, I’ll start growing a few veggies inside with the new Miracle-Gro Gro-ables!

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I’ve gotten a few planters and plan to just pop the Gro-ables into the soil, so that when it’s time to transplant them to the prepped garden, they are already on their way to growing big and tall!

Here’s a peek at how to plant the Gro-ables…

There are so many delicious recipes swimming through mind.  Since I’ve got the basil, sweet pepper, and tomato pods, I’m thinking of creating a delicious chicken fajita dish with all of my home-grown ingredients.  Yum!  I can taste it now!

Until then, I will patiently wait for my Gro-ables to do their thing and of course for the weather to get warmer.

Make sure to check back in a month or two to check out the delicious recipe!

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Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{Garden, Year Two}

{Garden, Year Two}

After about two week’s time of getting our house painted {which finally included getting our front door painted} and then weekend after weekend of nonstop rain, me and my 35 week pregnant self FINALLY planted the veggies in our garden!

This is our second year having a vegetable garden, and I made some adjustments to last year’s plan.

Last year I didn’t exactly have a plan, but what I did have was way too much going on.

My handy husband made two raised garden beds on the side of our house.  I wish I would have actually taken photos of the building process.  From now on, when he’s building anything around the house, I promise to take pictures and share plans!

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Last year I planted WAY TOO MUCH!  The long list included tomatoes, cucumber, zuchinni, squash, peas, carrots, several herbs, cantaloupe  strawberries, chives, garlic, green pepper, jalapeno, and corn.  Plus I added some marigolds to either side of each bed {that got HUGE}!

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Plant a Veggie Garden @ Wait Til Your Father Gets Home #vegetables #garden #raisedbeds #seeds

See…way too much going on there!  I could hardly get in there to pick veggies! And we soon realized that there were only certain ones we were actually eating.

This year, I made a lot of adjustments and only planted what I knew we’d eat.

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Bed number one has two kinds of tomatoes {along the back} and two vertical rows, one of green pepper and the other zuchinni.

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Bed number two has two more types of tomatoes {that still need tomato cages}, squash, and a row of green beans {planted as seeds} along the front of the bed.  I need to put up some netting for the beans to attach and vine along soon.

I’m so glad I was finally able to get it all planted, now come on veggies, do your ‘thang and start growing!  I’m ready to stop buying produce at the grocery store for awhile!

Do you plant a garden each year?  Any tips or secrets to share for successful veggie growth?

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{Wine Cork Garden Markers}

{Wine Cork Garden Markers}

I’ve got a super easy and super fast craft for all of you today.  I emphasize the super fast part as I’m sharing this craft as part of 30 Minute Crafts & The Country Chic Cottage‘s

CRAFT LIGHTNING WEEK!

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I noticed last year when planting my garden that my herbs just didn’t seem to do too well outside.  Most of them got overtaken by some pretty crazy zuchinni {that stuff seriously grows like a weed} or they died because I think it was just a bit too hot for them.

This year, I decided on a few favorite herbs, bought myself a cute planter, and decided that they would be mostly indoor herbs.  I put them outside when the sun is shining to give them some natural light, otherwise, they stay in my kitchen.  Once they start really growing {I planted them as seeds}, I won’t have to leave the kitchen while cooking to add some fresh herbs to my meals.

I wanted to make sure to have some cute plant markers, so I knew which was which and came up with this little idea.

Wine Cork Garden Markers

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To make some for your herbs or your outdoor garden, you’ll need the following supplies:

wine corks

wooden skewers

black sharpie

polyurethane sealer {if using outdoors}

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Now, all you have to do is write out each herb, veggie, or fruit onto individual wine corks.  Poke the pointy end of the skewer into the bottom of the cork and place the skewer in the correct planter.

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Now, that’s what I call a Craft Lightning project!

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If you’re using these outside, make sure to apply a coat of polyurethane sealer to keep the marker from fading away.

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Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.

{Fall Inspiration & How To’s with Miracle-Gro & the Gardenieres}

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Adding color ito my front porch and garden beds seems to always be one of the first things I do each season.  I love the new-ness of adding fresh flowers to both my beds and a few planters on the front porch.  It really helps bring in the season properly!

This Fall, Miracle-Gro & the Gardenieres are here to help you Find beauty in the Fall with some gardening inspiration from the Gardenieres & Miracle Gro!

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Master Gardener, William Moss is teaming up with Miracle-Gro to bring all of us the Gardenieres.  Many different gardeners that team up with Miracle-Gro are being featured on the Gardenieres website showcasing their unique projects and ideas using Miracle-Gro and the great outdoors (or indoors in some cases)!  Take a look at a Gardeniere creating a potted herb garden now…

This is definitely a project I’d love to tackle!  I did have a wonderful vegetable garden last spring, but neglected to really pay attention to including herbs in my garden plan.  This season, I will definitely be paying better attention to this and adding as many herbs as possible to my gardening wish list!  To help make my herbs and vegetables flourish, I’ll definitely be using Flower & Vegetable Garden Soil from Miracle-Gro.  We used it last year and had tremendous results!

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For many other ideas and the chance to interact with fellow gardeners, visit the Miracle-Gro Facebook page and become a follower!  Once you’ve “liked” them you’ll be notified of tips and tricks and have the ability to interact with fellow gardeners and gardening enthusiasts like yourself!

Miracle Gro most definitely gives us regular folk (and those experienced gardeners as well) the green thumb we never knew we had!  With Miracle-Gro & inspirational video tutorials from the Gardenieres this season, you’re sure to find some new ways to bring your yard and gardens alive as we get closer and closer to those cold winter months!

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{star spangled planter}

{star spangled planter}

As promised, I’m back this week with the second planter that we created for our back yard.  We stuck with red, white, and blue theme, using good ole’ Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Spray paint once again in Banner Red and Navy Blue.  This planter, like the Mad Planter,  was also inspired by morning Pinterest perusing which led me to Amy @ Positively Splendid.  I love her version with the house number decal!  Since ours was headed to the back yard, we skipped that part.  I’d love to make another set for the front porch in the future though!  To make a three-tiered planter, you’ll need:

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(Left over flowers from this project)

  • 3 terracotta pots (small, medium, and large) ($28 total from Lowe’s)
  • primer (already had on hand)
  • spray paint (I used Krylon Indoor/Outdoor with a Gloss finish in Banner Red and Navy Blue)
  • Polyurethane (already had on hand)
  • bricks or stones for largest pot (left over from stack stone walkway project)
  • potting soil ($4 from Lowe’s)
  • annuals of your choosing (left over from The Mad Planter)
  • newspaper or tarp (already had on hand)
  • star stencil (Martha Stewart Holiday Stencils $3.50 with Michael’s 40% off coupon)
  • painters tape (already had on hand)
Project Total: about $35.50 (Again, pricier than I’d like it to be, but these pots will last forever.  When I’m ready for a new color or design, all I have to do is sand them down and paint again!)
For some reason, a few of the steps were neglected in the picture taking process, but you’ll get the general idea below!
Of course, I started by priming all three pots.  The middle sized pot took two coats of primer, since I’d be leaving some white showing.  I wanted to make sure it looked nice and even.  As you can tell, there is an American Flag theme with this planter.  I chose to put stars on the largest pot.  After contemplating a few methods (stickers, sponges, foam pouncers)  to achieve the look we were going for, my husband and I decided to use a stencil and a foam brush to apply the white stars. He painted all of them for me (lucky girl, huh?).  I think he did a fantastic job, and that they truly resemble the star field on the flag!
While the star pot dried, my husband helped me out again by taping the rim of the medium sized pot so we could get red and white stripes across the top. We tried to tape off the entire pot, but the shape of it kept making the lines curve too much (which we didn’t like).  After about 20 minutes of trying to get it just right, I suggested just taping around the top and love the results!  Once it was taped, I simply sprayed on the Banner Red Krylon paint and gave it two even coats.  The tape and the paint worked beautifully…no runs!
The third tier (the smallest pot) was left solid blue.  I didn’t want the planter to look cluttered with another pattern.  You’ll notice there’s a fourth, red pot in the final picture below.  I’ll show you what I did with that little guy in a bit!

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After all the pots were painted, I applied two thin coats of polyurethane to seal and protect them.  Hopefully this step prolongs the life of the planter for a few years before I have to repaint!

Once everything was dry, I was finally ready to assemble the planter and plant the rest of my petunias!

We chose to put the planter on our back patio (again so we could enjoy it more since we spend most of our outside time in the backyard).  Luckily we had some leftover stack stone from a walkway project and set some in the bottom of the largest pot.  This helped to fill most of the lower part of the pot so we weren’t wasting potting soil.

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Next, pour some potting soil in the pot and put the medium sized pot on top.  You’ll secure this pot by packing soil tightly around the base.  Make sure to line the pot up to the back side of the largest pot.

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Next, you guessed it, fill the medium sized pot with soil (you could put some stone in the bottom of this one as well if you want).  Repeat the same thing with the top (smallest) pot.  Once I had the medium sized pot where I wanted it, I started to assemble and plant at the same time.

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Soon, I had this beauty…

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I’m thrilled with this planter project as well and have fittingly decided to call this one the…

 

 

I’m really happy that we figured out a good method for applying the stars because it really makes the entire planter if you ask me!

While creating this planter, I realized that I had one more pot left over and decided to stencil on a firework pattern that was also on the Martha Stewart stencil pack that I bought at Michael’s.  I found a home for it on our outdoor table…
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Since creating the Mad Planter and the Star Spangled Planter, my husband all of a sudden wants to put pots everywhere (and so do I)!  He’s suggested continuing to buy more to put in different spots around the yard and patio.  As I purchase, decorate, and create more planters, I’ll definitely share them with all of you!  I’m continuing to search Pinterest and some favorite blogs for new ideas.  If you have any you’d like to share, please do!

Please leave a comment, I love to hear from my readers! :)

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About Meredith Hazel

Meredith is a stay at home mom and has been blogging since 2012. She started Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home as a creative outlet in between nap times for her little one. Wait 'Til Your Father gets home is a combination of crafting tutorials, DIY projects, recipes and, sharing some of life's journey along the way.