Garden-In-A-Pouch Step by Step Review

The one thing I miss about Texas the most is my backyard garden! We grew anything and everything from tomatoes, jalapeno, banana peppers (and 2 other varieties of peppers), eggplant, bell pepper, strawberries, rosemary, mint, thai basil and my forever favorite – Basil. Let’s be real. Herbs in the grocery store are crazy expensive so growing them was definitely a much more economical decision for us. However, moving from a home with a backyard to an apartment in the middle of a city doesn’t really favor that endeavor.

I was elated when my husband brought home the “Garden-In-A-Pouch” Basil for me to try. He was given a sample from the folks in the Urban Farming dept. at Microsoft in Redmond, WA. I thought….what the heck…they have urban farming at Microsoft. Uh yes….and it looks magical!!!!  Check it out yourself —-> Urban Farming at Microsoft

What is it all about?

The Garden-In-A-Pouch is created by the fine folks at Seeds of Change. They grow 100% organic seeds for vegetables, herbs and flowers. You can buy seeds or live plants like fruit trees….FRUIT TREES!!?? They even have rice you can heat up in a bag – all organic. Pretty Sweet.

This particular pouch is for Basil, more specifically Genovese Basil. “This classic basil has mildly spicy flavor and sweet fragrance fantastic for seasonings, salads, garnishes and pesto.” – Seeds of Change. This is the basil we use most often in a variety of dishes. For me it’s my go to for the Bruschetta recipe that my amazing sister in law taught me! (Maybe I can convince her to guest post her recipe with pictures!)

What does this all boil down to??

——> I get to have my garden again! Let’s plant and grow it together!<——

Get yours:  Seeds of Change Basil, Cilantro, Chives, Thyme, Garden in a Pouch Herb Kit


Home Garden: Planting Basil

Garden in a pouch

 

The product is beautifully packaged in the actual pouch that the seeds will grow. The instructions and details are neatly outlined on the back and on the top segment that gets pulled off when you open the package. This was super handy because you have a quick reference to the (very) simple instructions on the side while you work with the soil and seeds in the pouch.

Step 1: Open the Pouch

The pouch contains everything you need to plant with the exception of water for obvious reasons. Package Contents: soil pellets, 1 packet of Basil seeds, a stick to help stir/aerate the soil, a plastic “greenhouse” cover, the pouch itself is your pot! So in addition to what you have here, you will also need 2 cups of water and maybe an extra bowl or Tupperware to pour the soil into during planting – I just used the measuring cup because…I am all about not washing more dishes than I need! = )

Step 2: Watering the Soil

The soil is in the form of pellets that you must water in order to transform them into free soil. Super easy – Just slowly pour two cups of water into the pouch and use the stick to help break up the pellets. I’m weird and I loved seeing the pellets grow and expand so I made a fun video.

Once all the soil has been watered, use the wooden stick to aerate or break up the soil further which allows it to soak up more water and nutrients and basically just breath! While mixing the soil, it becomes evident (when you make a mess like I did) that you really need more space so I removed about half of the soil from the pouch and put it into a side container (my measuring cup for the water). You have to remove 1/4 of soil anyway to plant the seeds properly.

 

       Step 3: Plant the Seeds

Have you ever seen a basil seed? I hadn’t until now. They are small black tear shaped seeds that remind me of chia seeds. Then it hit me…..I have seen these before…in a spice jar in my kitchen….it’s Tukmaria or Sabja seeds!! These seeds are used in FALOODA!!What!? Mind. Blown. {Falooda is a cold south asian dessert/drink with milk, rose syrup, vermicelli, basil seeds, and ice cream – and it’s hella good} 

Sprinkle a few seeds (4 – 8 according to the package) onto the exposed soil – no need to dig a hole!


planting basil seedsBasil Seeds

Step 4: Cover and Bag

In the final step, you cover the seeds with 1/4th of the soil. Make sure not to pack it down tight because the plant needs room to grow. Place the provided back over the pouch and set the pouch in a well-lit warm location! Then….wait for the magic to happen!

                                          

Maintenance: In the first week, you should water the plant very lightly – don’t soak the bag, you just want enough for the soil to be moist.  The seeds should sprout in 7-10 days. Once that happens you remove the cover and put the pouch in direct sunlight. Lightly water/mist the plant daily and you should have fresh basil leaves in about 6 – 9 weeks after sprouting! (according to the pouch instructions).


There was quite a bit of soil left over and seeds too so I went ahead and planted them in an extra Tupperware I had laying around. Let’s see if this works!

I will post pictures of the progress as the plant starts to grow! So excited….I can already taste that Bruschetta!!

-Totally Tania

 

Totally Tania

14 Comments

  1. How fun! I have been toying with the idea of starting a garden this year. Maybe these would be a good first step for me.

  2. I love growing my own herbs! You’re right, they’re so expensive in the store. And I feel your pain about the lack of a backyard and growing space. I had nothing more than a patio for the longest time. Those soil pellets are really neat. I can’t wait to see the results!

  3. Masha Allah thats just awesome! I live in a small house maybe that is a solution to me have to buy expensive herbs every week

  4. Can’t wait for the updates!!! How exciting is this to start a garden. I’ve been trying my hand at growing some creeping thyme, but the soil is so compacted in our backyard, and the pine needles aren’t helping either for the seeds to germinate :o! But I hope yours does better than mine lol

  5. This is such a cool idea!!! I’ve stopped growing fresh herbs at home (for sooo many reasons hehe) but this is right up my street!

  6. I wish I had a green thumb. Plants down in my care. But I’ve always wanted a window sill herb garden 🙂

  7. Very easy and exciting type of gardening, it sure is urban farming. I like it.Gardening has never been totally easy but the rewards are fulfilling. It is a fantastic idea to grow your own herbs at home. Have to give it a harder try soon.

  8. My parents enjoy gardening more than I do. This pouch planting sounds like an amazing activity to do with kids. This comes a gift to those who live in apartments. Wish I see some greens shooting up from your pouch soon, and that would have been more exciting. 🙂

    • I will post those pictures soon! Stay tuned!

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