Since love is in the air, I’ve been thinking a lot about the people in my life that I cherish.
And also about the stuff I love that loves me back.
In particular, I have seeds on my mind.
If you love seeds the way I do, check out these one-of-a-kind resources guaranteed to warm your heart. And if you’re in the mood, wrap them up as a token of your affection and treat somebody you admire with the kind of love that grows. What could be better?
ORGANIC SEED BALLS
First, Moulton created Garden Bon Bons, hand-crafted truffles you aren’t supposed to eat, but are meant for play. It’s candy that you plant atop soil and watch grow…either next week on your sill, or, later, outdoors in a pot.
Then, such a sweet idea was accompanied by another, and Garden Pops appeared. Like the bon bons, these treats are meant for planting. In addition, the pops come tagged with a biodegradable lolipop stick and with choices like oregeno, basil or parsley pops, what’s not to love?
Moulton is an online store passionate for one-of-a-kind, quality garden tools and accessories. The clay bon bons and lollipops are made of organic compost and a seed, each one hand rolled with care before getting bundled in a package for you give to your sweetheart, or to keep for yourself.
Seed balls are a centuries-old, sustainable planting technique, the Native Americans typically using coin-sized balls of clay, compost soil and seed. The compost provided much-needed nutrients for seeds planted in poor soil conditions, and the clay kept insects and small animals at bay.
If you’re the creative sort, you can try making your own seed balls. Eva Eichorn, creator of ParaNoire, shows you how here.
ORGANIC SEEDS IN CONTEMPORARY ART PACKS
Then again, you may prefer unfettered seeds wrapped in creative packs rather than covered in compost. If you have a flair for the unordinary, check out the Hudson Valley Seed Library, where owners/farmers/seed savers Ken Greene and Doug Muller showcase local artist’s original illustrations printed on their seed packs. Each seed pack design is inspired by the seeds bundled inside. Ken and Doug offer a network of organic and certified naturally-grown seeds to locals in New York State and surrounding regions.
Last year I selected and wrote about a few of my favorite seed packet designs and featured the Hudson Valley Seed Library. This year the illustrations and assortment of seeds remains gorgeously eclectic. You gotta love these creations now on display in the exhibit, Art of the Heirloom in NYC.
ORGANIC SEEDS BORN FROM HISTORY
Tim Mountz and his wife Amy started Happy Cat Farm with a passion for craft and dedication for growing and saving seeds with cultural and historical significance. (They happen to be friends of mine, but honestly, there is no bias at work here.) The team puts as much love into their hand-selected seeds as they do packing them up in their one-of-a-kind seed parcels illustrated by Philly artist Dan McShane.
Along with a colorful image of the plant variety inside, each seed pack comes with Tim’s fiery description detailing the history and significance of the seeds carried within. At first glance you want to buy a pack because the artworks catches your eye, then you can’t wait to plant the seeds to taste the flavors Tim lays out before you. Check out the Black Krim and you’ll see what I mean. Better yet, pick up a pack or two and plant the little treasures.