An Update on Our First Organic Garden

by Dagmar Bleasdale on May 31, 2014

organic garden with Miracle-Gro Organic Choice

{This post brought to you by Organic Choice. All opinions are 100% mine.}

I wanted to share the progress on our organic garden! Did you read my first post about it?

After receiving Organic Choice Potting Mix and Organic Plant Food, L and I planted seeds in a starter kit to grow carrots, broccoli, and kale indoors.

We had picked up the heirloom seeds at our library's seed library, and it wasn't warm enough yet to start growing anything outside.


It was a nice activity to do together with him, and to teach him the steps that are needed to plant the seeds.

We used Organic Choice Potting Mix, added the seeds, and then I sprinkled a little bit of the Organic Choice Plant Food on it before watering the pots and bringing them inside. As always, L was a great little helper.


Unfortunately, those little starter containers didn't work well. Maybe I used too many seeds for just one container? But the plants I started in larger containers for our porch are doing really well!

My brother-in-law had given us little tomato plants and one zucchini plant, which I added to bigger containers.

planting vegetables with Organic Choice

I added a water bottle to the bottom of the pot first to make it lighter and to use less soil — a tip I picked up on Pinterest — and put the plants into two containers.

This is what they looked like on the porch, pretty, right?

organic container gardeningorganic container gardenin on porch

Since the indoor plants didn't make it, I added a few more containers a few days ago with carrot and cabbage seeds, and I can't wait for those grow. It's so fun to see that first little green poke through the soil.

This is what our little organic garden looks like now. Can you see how nicely the tomato plants have grown?


The zucchini plant needs its own container and has been nibbled on by an animal, but I have hopes that it will do well.

We are still planning to build a big raised bed for more vegetables. We already bought the kit and more Organic Choice soil; we just need to find the time to build it in the next couple of weeks.

It will take many more weeks to be able to harvest any vegetables, but I'm so looking forward to being able to incorporate those homegrown vegetables to our meals!

I still have a lot to learn about gardening, that's for sure, but I'm determined to keep trying. I'm going to check out Miracle-Gro Learn And Grow for more information about tips for growing vegetables and herbs.

Gardening is so dependent on the weather conditions that I'm not going to beat myself up if some vegetables don't make it.

Do you have some tips for a successful organic vegetable garden?

What is your favorite recipes to make with homegrown ingredients?


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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Mary Withrow June 4, 2014 at 2:45 AM

We love to garden and Miracle-Gro is my favorite. I will eat any vegetable, even uncommon or wild ones, lol. In most cases I just love them steamed with a little butter and seasoning.


Dagmar Bleasdale June 5, 2014 at 12:45 AM

Hi Mary, thanks for you comment! I hope my little veggie garden will garner some I can cook for us.


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