Monday, April 24, 2017

How to Plant Lettuce (and help fight hunger!) with Tasty Bite

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tasty Bite. All opinions are 100% mine.
I love gardening and teaching others how to grow their own food. You don't need a big yard to grow your own vegetables - almost anyone can grow something right where they are. One of the easiest foods to grow (especially in containers?) LETTUCE!

When I see a company I already like getting in the mix to inspire people to get outside and growing - as well as supporting humanitarian initiatives like Ample Harvest, I'm excited to get on board. 
Tasty Bite, makers of delicious Asian convenience food that features non-GMO, clean ingredients, like real vegetables, broth, spices and more is sponsoring the Tasty Bite Good Seed ProgramEarlier this year, they had a way you could request a free packet of organic lettuce seeds with the idea that you would donate extra to your nearest food bank. The program was so popular they ran out of seeds almost immediately!

Even if you didn't get free seeds from Tasty Bite, you can still help fight hunger! For every photo that you post on Instagram of you planting, growing, or donating lettuce to your local food bank that you hashtag with #GoodSeed, Tasty Bite will donate $10 (up to $10,000) to Ample Harvest to help fight hunger in communities all across America.

How to Plant Lettuce

1) As soon as two weeks before your average last frost date or so, get some damp soil in the ground or a pot. Organic potting soil is great if you don't already have a garden with great soil. Use a small hand rake to fluff the dirt and scratch up the surface
2) Sprinkle lettuce seeds onto the soil about 3 inches apart. Don't go too crazy - if you plant too many you will need to thin them out later.
3) Scratch the dirt back over the seeds so they are covered. Keep the pot in a sunny spot and watch the soil to keep it damp (no need to over water it!)
In a few days, you'll have baby lettuce sprouts! Continue to water the soil as needed to keep it damp like a wrung out sponge (don't over water!).

To Harvest

To harvest, once leaves are about 3" tall, you can pick leaves off the sides of the plants to build a salad as needed or wait until you have one (or more!) big, beautiful heads and cut it off at the base with a sharp knife. Don't forget to wash it well before eating and to donate your extra harvest to your local food bank.

Thank you, Tasty Bite!

A big thanks to Tasty Bite for sponsoring this post! I love supporting brands who are initiating programs like this - especially when the products they sell actually back up their initiative! Tasty Bite products are grown on sustainable farms - not created in labs. My family loves Tasty Bite for an easy meal you can heat up in just one minute that doesn't have GMOs, artificial flavors or weird ingredients - they are the perfect mix of ease and healthy food that tastes good.
Look for the yellow pouch in your local grocery store. Use this locator to find a store near you that carry Tasty Bite's line of Indian, Thai and Asian dishes made with no compromises or artificial anything. Check them out on Facebook and Instagram as well!

About the Author:

Carissa is a green lifestyle advocate and mom of two active boys. The owner and lead writer for Creative Green Living, she is also the author of two e-books including the best-selling beverage cookbook, Infused: Recipes for Herb & Fruit Infused Water, Tea and More as well as the NEW hardcover cookbook, Beautiful Smoothie Bowls (Skyhorse, 2017). Her goal is to empower families to make easy projects and healthier choices that are beautiful and delicious! Follow her on PinterestInstagramTwitter or join the Creative Green Living community group.
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