This post brought to you by Nature's Care. All opinions are 100% mine.
I *think* we're finally done with the snow around here, knock on wood. But it's still going to be several weeks before I can start planting my raised garden beds in the hopes of a bumper crop of vibrant spinach and juicy tomatoes.
So when Nature's Care asked if I'd be interested in trying their new organic potting mix, I said I'd love to, but I was very up front about the fact that I wouldn't be using it outdoors any time soon. Luckily the Miracle-Gro Learn And Grow site has some great tips for starting an indoor herb garden.
As I mentioned previously, Nature's Care is a full line of products designed for simple gardening, including organic soils, plant food and pest controls. Healthy plants start with a good, rich garden soil, which provides a nutrient-dense growing environment, and you can definitely see that Nature's Care Organic Potting Soil is really packed with rich materials.
I picked up some peat pots and herb seeds (basil, chives, oregano, parsley and rosemary) at our local greenhouse. I've used lots of methods for starting seeds over the years, but I keep coming back to these little pots. When your seedlings are ready to be transplanted, you just plant the pot and all in your desired location!
I filled each peat pot full with Nature's Care Organic Potting Soil and then watered them thoroughly before carefully planting my seeds. Mini craft sticks and a Sharpie marker are the perfect tools for labeling each pot -- because I definitely won't remember what's what when those tiny sprouts start poking through.
Each pot then went into my cute little Socker greenhouse that I picked up at IKEA, keeping them warm and protected from my kids' inquisitive fingers. As you can see in the initial image on this post, many of my seeds are starting to sprout already!
I noticed that the back of each seed packet notes a recipe that features that particular herb, and I simply can't wait to try them all. From rosemary vinaigrette to pesto to pasta pepper sauce and more, they all sound divine.
What would you make first with the herbs I planted?