garden bon bon setsby Anne Dowell $14.95
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It Grows On You
Make gardening a treat with these clever boxes of botanical bon bons. Seed balls rolled in red clay are shaped like delectable truffles, ripe for the planting. Simply plant them in spacious potters or a plot of earth for delightful bushels of edible herbs.
This patent-pending product goes beyond the giftbox: It's a thoughtful way of introducing gardening greenhorns to the joy of a green thumb. Handmade in Seattle.
Boxes of eight "truffles" mix four different herbs in two distinct varieties:
Herbal Teas (top):
Grow greens suited for teas and salads: Lemon Balm, Chamomile, Borage Blossom and Anise.
Italian Herbs (bottom):
Sprout kitchen staples for rounding out entrees, pesto and garnishes: Basil, Parsley, Chive and Winter Thyme.
Directions included. Sold separately.
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- Made from
- clay, cardboard, ribbon, seeds, organic compost
- Presentation Box: 5.5" L x 3.25" W x 1.25" H; Bon Bons: each approx. .5-1" x .5-1" x .5-1"; Net weight: 3 oz.
- Store in a cool dry place until ready to grow. Then, place bon bons on top of soil in sunny spot (indoors or outdoors), water generously until germination.
- the maker
"Several years ago I heard of guerrilla gardeners using seed balls. I thought the lean design concept was cool, as is the historic agricultural use," says Anne Dowell, creator of Garden Bon Bons.
"Then when I had a child," she continues, "I thought it might be an enjoyable way to engage my toddler in gardening, so I looked up the technique and realized that although seed balls are too small for a very small child, they look uncannily like truffles."
Anne, inspired by the seed balls truffle-like quality, decided to "push the metaphor and create a gift product that makes seed-giving more gratifying."
Anne calls Garden Bon Bons "a gateway gift to inspire timid non-gardeners and delight foodies and more serious gardeners with an elegant presentation."
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