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This year for Earth Day, M and I celebrated in a way that I’d been wanting to do for awhile. We planted some of our own veggies! I was pretty excited to get some High Mowing Organic Seeds to plant this year. I don’t exactly have the greenest thumb on the planet, but it’s not completely black either and planting a small garden has been on my to-do list for awhile now.
The problem was, we had these organic, non-GMO seeds to plant, but I had no garden! It was too late and I’m too pregnant to be putting together a raised garden bed. So, I started going through Pinterest to see what other options I had for planting some yummy veggies for our summer. I discovered there are tons of ways to grow your own veggies in a small space or using pots instead of an actual in-ground garden.
In my search for how to get planting in pots, I discovered a pin that told me how to find free containers for a garden. Now, I don’t know if you know this or not, but I’m all about free! It’s part of the reason I’ve been wanting to do a garden, so that we could save money on produce. So, I read in the post that places like Lowe’s and Home Depot will have a rack of their old pots that were used for sold plants that anyone can just take. What!? No way!? Yes, way! I put it to the test. M and I went on a hunt for some organic soil for our Earth Day activity and low and behold, I discovered the rack of pots. I asked a sales clerk and he said they were mine if I wanted them since they’d just be thrown out or sent back for recycling. Score!
My loot consisted of 5 small starter pots, 5 larger pots for transplanting, and a bag of organic planting soil. What probably would have cost me over $50, was under $10. I was glad I found the freebie pots since I was insisting on organic planting soil. I mean, it only makes sense to plant my organic seeds in organic soil, right? Might as well start out as fresh as possible in our new adventure.
M and I went home and got to work. He had so much fun planting the seeds and getting all dirty in the soil. We had a lot of fun with this Earth Day activity and I’m really hoping to get some veggie sprouts in the coming weeks. We planted: Sweet peppers, summer squash, sweet tomatoes, ruby red chard, and long egg plant. Fortunately, I’ve been able to be frugal with watering as well since we’ve had a lot of rain. I may make some rain catchers to place outside so I can conserve our water and just water our plants with rain as much as we can this summer. I hope to make this an Earth Day tradition of planting our own produce and hopefully each year our garden will grow!
Want to know more about High Mowing Organic Seeds?
As I mentioned before, they are 100% certified organic and part of the Non-GMO Project. They are also the largest certified organic seed company in the U.S. They offer over 600 varieties of vegetable, herb, flower, and cover crop seeds. High Mowing also recently became the first company in the nation to offer 100% Non-GMO Project Verified seeds. While I received my seeds from the company for Earth Day, I discovered they are sold at my local Wegman’s, which is kind of awesomesauce! I may be picking up more seeds…and more free pots! If you can’t find them in your local grocery store, farmer’s market, or gardening store, you can find them online.