This post is sponsored as part of my ambassadorship as a YoGetter with Stonyfield. All opinions are 100% my own and are not influenced in any way.
Gardening is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I have been hesitant though for a few reasons. First, we have a small yard and my husband is VERY picky with his yard and making sure it looks good. Second, I always worry that there will be something in the dirt that we don’t need to be exposed to. LA and Addy aare getting old enough to really enjoy preparing foods with mama and I enjoy their help. I wanted to start a new project that would teach them where some of their foods come from…something that would give them pride in their food. This month, we decided to do some planting and create a family garden!
With the help of Stonyfield and High Mowing Organic Seeds we were able to get started on this fun project. We decided, since it was still pretty cold here in Michigan early in April, to plant our seeds inside! It’s also recommended to start seeds inside and then transplant them out as seedlings so this worked out perfect for us!
First, as recommended by High Mowing Organic Seeds, I checked the almanac for the last spring frost date in our area.
It was a bit off this year unfortunately. We received a bit of snow a few days after this but that’s ok…it’s a 50% probability to allow you to estimate when you should start your inside planting. Once you know this date, you’ll count back the number of weeks recommended for each plant type to know when to start your crops inside.
We started by mixing some potting soil with a bit of water until it was moist. Moist, not soggy! Make sure you don’t overdo the water! 😉
As a fun way to recycle our Stonyfield yogurt cups we decided we would start our seeds in the cups! They were the perfect size for the kids’ hands and they loved being able to take part! We filled them with the soil and gently packed it in.
Follow the instructions on the packet for each crop to know how deep to plant the seeds. Plant a few seeds per container and water lightly after seeding.
Then, the waiting begins! Be sure to keep the inside plants in temperatures between 65-75 degrees F. The plants will need lots of light, at least 10 hours of light per day so try to place the yogurt cups in an area that they will be able to get this.