For Christmas this year I got this brown box tied with a pretty green ribbon. On the box it said Garden Bon Bons. At first I was pretty perplexed! What in the world could this be? I opened it up and found the gold crinkled paper you find in boxes of chocolates. And when I looked at the chocolates they looked old and like they had been put in the freezer! LOL On top it had a paper with a description of each 'chocolate'. When I read the paper enclosed I realized this was not really chocolate after all but something quite unique to plant in the garden!!! Each 'chocolate' is hand made, using a 'centuries' old technique of rolling seeds with rich organic compost and clay into a ball. As it say's on the information paper the compost provides nutrients and the clay protects the seeds from insects. And some of the 'chocolates' have been dusted with a natural pesticide like coffee, pepper and cinnamon.
Gourmet Seed Ball Truffles
This candy is for planting, not for eating! They come in three different assortments. There is Italian, Edible and the one I received Herbal Tea Selection. So in my assortment I have Lemon Balm, Stinging Nettle, Borage and Chamomile. Each plant will provide me with yummy tea and a couple of them I will be able to snip off and add to salads! I plan on hanging some pots on my fence so eight of them will include these wonderful flowering plants.
Planting instructions are a little different. With Garden Bon Bons you just place them on top of the soil in your pot. You are not to bury them. You plant one Bon Bon per square foot if not in a container. So I will add one per pot. You water the soil well and wait for it to germinate. They should be grown in a sunny spot.
If you would like information on this great gift idea you can find them for sale on Etsy. I was so excited to get this unigue garden gift. It came from my sons friends and they really thought outside the box for me. They know how much I love gardening and even though it's not succulents I am excited to have the plants and their pretty flowers.
Hey by the way, this was my 100th post! Woot woot! Working now on Part 4 of the Huntington Botanical Gardens! I will be posting it soon. Until then remember:
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