grow your own garden

Ever wanted to start your own garden but didn't know where to begin? Or maybe you've tried and ended up with seeds that never made it out of the ground. But don't let your black thumb get you down. We found a product to help you grow your own veggies-even if you're lacking all-star gardening skills and outdoor space.


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How to Get Started

So how do you get started growing your own food if you've tried before and failed (or haven't tried because you're too intimidated?). Seedsheet, a Vermont start-up, wants to help. The company developed a product that makes it easier for you to plant and maintain a garden of fresh produce, even if you only have indoor space or a small patio.

So what are these seedsheets? It's a DIY garden starter kit delivered right to your door. Each package comes with soil, a fabric planter and a sheet with dissolvable seed pouches. You choose the sheet you want and then place it on top of a fabric bag filled with soil. When you water it, the pouches containing the seeds dissolve and the seeds sprout up. You can design your own sheet or choose from pre-made arrangements designed to help you make things like salads and tacos. Their Grow Your Own Caprese Kit comes with tomatoes and basil plants (just add mozzarella).


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Seedsheet founder Cam MacKugler says, "I believe my company is creating the future of food by simply making it easier to grow good food. We're demystifying gardening, and enabling everyone from complete amateurs to veteran farmers to enjoy delicious homegrown harvests," MacKugler said. We're all for anything that makes it easier to grow food at home.

Benefits to Growing Your Own Food

Eat Local: Growing your own herbs and vegetables is as local as it gets. From garden to kitchen your food will have only traveled a few feet.

Save Money: Fresh herbs and produce can be expensive. While there is a small investment for your garden seeds, soil and planting equipment-it should pay off in the long haul (assuming you keep your plants alive and producing).

Reduce Your Pesticide Exposure: You control what what you put on your plants. You likely won't be using any fertilizers or pesticides-just soil, sun and water.

Eat More Vegetables: With easy access to fresh produce, you may be encouraged to eat more vegetables. Kids who help grow their veggies are more likely to eat them.

Starting a Garden

If you're thinking about starting your own garden, whether using Seedsheet or not, here a few tips to getting started.

Choose Wisely: Don't overwhelm yourself trying to grow every kind of vegetable. Start small and grow your garden from there.

Stay Bright: Pick a sunny spot for your plants.

Talk It Out: Chat up your local farmers at the farmers' market and and talk to friends and family who garden to get tips. The National Gardening Association and the American Horticultural Society also have good resources.

This story originally appeared in EatingWell Magazine March 2020.