Easy to grow Edibles from Miracle Gro
Gro-able Seed Pods could be a solution to get more people interested in growing edibles. Though not strictly ‘Organic’ they have clear benefits.
Miracle Gro sent me a care-package of some of their latest products that included two of these new Gro-ables® Seed Pods. Though I grow my garden organically, I was curious to see how the product worked. After growing the courgette (zucchini) and tomato pods I’m actually convinced that they could help get more people into the garden.
I’m pleasantly surprised that both of the pods grew.
I’ll be honest though, after peeling back the pods’ labels and plopping them into compost I was a little skeptical. The compost inside the pod was dry and crumbly and I was suspicious of the blue coating on the seeds. In looking into it further I’ve found out that it’s an anti-fungal agent which will help to keep the seeds from rotting.
One of the biggest challenges to starting seeds off is called ‘Dampening Off’. It’s when young seedlings that aren’t grown in the right conditions succumb to fungus and other diseases. The seed compost and anti-fungal agent help to overcome that scenario. That means more beginner gardeners won’t feel discouraged when they try growing from seed.
The sowing directions need more regional guidance
I planted the two pods 18 days ago – the Courgette (Zucchini) into a container of peat-free compost outside while the Cherry Tomato went into a small pot of the same compost inside my greenhouse. In retrospect I should have planted them both outdoors since that’s what the label says to do. The tomato wouldn’t have fared well outside in my own climate though so the label might need more regional guidance.
The process of growing seeds was made easy
Other than that, the instructions couldn’t be clearer. The only issue was that in the first couple of waterings I found that the seeds popped out of the compost. I had to find them and pop them back in but that was no challenge. Roll on a few weeks and the tomato pod sprouted one baby plant and the Courgette (Zucchini) produced three.
Three weeks on and it’s time to plant outdoors
The tomato plant still needs time to grow but the Courgette is ready to plant out in the garden and I’ll be doing that later today. I’ve already picked off the two weaker plants so that the healthiest one has the best chance of success.
At the bottom of each pod is a slow-release fertilizer that will keep the plant in all the nutrients it needs for up to six months. It’s not an organic fertilizer but it will keep the plant healthy and growing.
- Gro-ables® do make sowing seeds easy and could be helpful for beginners
- The price per pod is about the same as a packet of seeds. You can get more plants from a packet so the pods are better suited for those who only want a few plants.
- They are not organic so are not suited for those who wish to avoid synthetic fertilizers
- The pods and varieties have been chosen to grow well in small spaces and in gro-bags, so are ideal for those growing at home and in small gardens/patios.
- If you’ve not tried sowing seeds before and want a way to success your first time then try the pods. They’re guaranteed to grow and the directions are easy.