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Based out of Seattle, I am a landscape architect and a gardener. Garden Bon Bons (TM) is what happened when I combined passion and profession.

I had heard about seed balls or seed bombs several years ago and they had caught my imagination. Once I saw them however, they weren't nearly as exciting as imagined - I had an image of a baseball-sized clod of earth exploding gently in mid-air and scattering in a wide arc. Seed balls are much different in reality. They've been around for centuries and historically they are little coin sized balls of clay, compost soil and seed. The compost provides extra nutrients in case they are planted in poor soil conditions and the clay keeps insects and small animals from walking off with the seed. They really just need sunshine and water to grow anywhere. Native Americans used them and they are used around the world as a form of sustainable agriculture…

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  • Born on May 16
  • Joined March 26, 2009

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Clay, organic compost, plants, seeds, water, sunlight, excellent sense of humor and play

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About

Based out of Seattle, I am a landscape architect and a gardener. Garden Bon Bons (TM) is what happened when I combined passion and profession.

I had heard about seed balls or seed bombs several years ago and they had caught my imagination. Once I saw them however, they weren't nearly as exciting as imagined - I had an image of a baseball-sized clod of earth exploding gently in mid-air and scattering in a wide arc. Seed balls are much different in reality. They've been around for centuries and historically they are little coin sized balls of clay, compost soil and seed. The compost provides extra nutrients in case they are planted in poor soil conditions and the clay keeps insects and small animals from walking off with the seed. They really just need sunshine and water to grow anywhere. Native Americans used them and they are used around the world as a form of sustainable agriculture today. I've also been told they were around in the Middle Ages in Europe - used to hide seed from pillagers. I need to hunt down the research on that part but it does sound engaging, doesn't it? Anyway, seed balls - a brilliant and simple idea.

I took a look at the naked seed balls and thought how much they look like a chocolate truffle and that's when I decided that garden truffles would be a fabulous idea. So, I handroll each different type of seed into a different type of truffle out of organic compost soil, clay and seed - sometimes adding a natural pesticide like coffee or cinnamon for dramatic effect - and present them in attractive truffle boxes with a Garden Bon Bon description menu for your enjoyment.

This is the sort of gift that is perfect for the novice gardener or expert. The expert will appreciate the care that's gone into choosing appropriate seed varieties and the novice will like how easy it is to start growing. Its also terrific for apartment dwellers and container planting since the bon bons just need to be laid on the soil and no digging is involved.

The latest twist on the Bon Bons is Garden Pops. They were really created as a small favor option. I added a tag to the top of my first Pops to do double-duty as a label and a biodegradable garden marker. The labels now come in flag form and as a loose tag around the neck of the Pop. They can sit on tables on their own or be inverted to form bouquets.

Garden Bon Bons now has its own Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Garden-Bon-Bons/120242815828.

Garden Bon Bons is also on twitter at www.twitter.com/gardenbonbons.

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