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When I don’t have a lot of time to take care of a vegetable garden but still want to enjoy the fruits of my labor in a gorgeous looking yard, I turn to Scotts® EZ Seed® Sun and Shade. Here you’ll find how I simultaneously planted an easy to care for container veggie garden while repairing a bare spot in the lawn all in one morning!
It’s been a good 3 years since the last time I got to plan and prepare our spring garden. Unfortunately, while I now have space for a garden, I just don’t have the time to care for it the way I would like. The kids really wanted to plant something, though. I thought if we got the right kind of veggies we could attempt a container veggie garden. I talked to my mom and we decided peas, lettuce, and carrots should do pretty well.
With kids in tow, we went to Walmart to find our seeds. While there, I saw Scotts® EZ Seed® and knew I needed to grab it too. After a season of apples falling by the bucketload, our lawn had some bare spots that needed repairing. From a distance, it didn’t look too bad, but up close you realized all the green was a moss covering that was spreading and eating away the gorgeous lawn.
Thankfully EZ Seed® really is easy. 3 simple steps illustrated on the back of the bottle, told me this was a project I could do before lunch and all by myself too. I set the boys to work filling our pot for the container veggie garden and went to work on the lawn. A couple passes with the rake over the dead spots, some seed spreading, a little water, and I was set to check on the boys.
It took me all of 5 minutes to begin the repair process to our lawn with the EZ Seed®. I spent a little time being fascinated by the expanding seeds, but then I was able to head back and help the boys plant their veggie garden. They had filled our pot about halfway with good dirt from the garden bed, and then we topped it with some top soil we picked up along with the seeds.
Gardening with kids is so much fun because you get to explain every little step of the process. Why are we using a trellis? What is a trellis? I grabbed this cute red one for a pop of color next to our green lawn. The boys helped plant the pea seeds, and we talked about their favorite veggies. The lettuce came next and adds a nice look since it’s already sprouted. I tried to show the boys the roots, but they were more interested in prepping their watering cans.
While they got the water ready, I quickly added the carrot seeds to the front of the pot. I may not be great at layering my fashion, but I can layer a garden!
Ready to layer your own container veggie garden? Here are the keys to remember
- Pick a plant that will grow up, like peas, or green beans. Add a trellis to the back of your container to encourage upward growth.
- Avoid bushy plants like tomatoes. Tomatoes can grow in a container, but would be best by themselves.
- Choose a smaller upward growing plant, like lettuce, spinach, or herbs. Plant these in the center of the container.
- Finally, a root vegetable, like onions, and carrots, can be added to the containers front end.
- Use a nutrient-rich top soil, and make sure the container you use has good drainage.
What would you plant in a container veggie garden?
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