I only bought a few things, the first being a forged pruner. As I was paying for the pruner, I had the strangest sense of deja vous and recalled that I bought the same pruner from the Wildflower Seed and Tool Company last year. I haven't been very good about putting my tools away, so most of them are covered with rust.
One of the things I love about attending garden and flower shows is the opportunity to see new products and to speak with the manufacturers and distributors of those products. At the show, I came upon a vendor who was selling a product that uses a unique way of sowing seeds.
SeedBallz® is an Oregon-based company that has revived an old method of sowing seeds by embedding them in balls made of clay and soil humus. Native Americans were known to wrap their corn seeds in clay to keep them from being eaten by birds.
Each SeedBallz® contains numerous seeds. I bought two packages with chives, cilantro, parsley and basil. I bought one package of various wildflowers. Supposedly, I just toss the Seedballz on top of the soil and let them grow. Whether on the ground, or in a container, they just need to be kept moist, and the seeds contained inside will germinate and grow in clusters. The balls are not meant to be buried.
SeedBallz® are hand-rolled in the USA by people with developmental disabilities and sell for $6.95 for each packet. There currently have 140 employees. You can buy SeedBallz® online and in various retail locations throughout the country.
I am itching to get started on my herb garden and I can't wait to see if these clay balls are too good to be true.
I collected lots of business cards, brochures and ideas.
I don't think I'll need to go to the show again for another few years. I have plenty to work on at home and there is inspiration galore on Pinterest. Check out my Garden Porn bulletin board for some ideas.
Extra pointers on Seedballz, courtesy of ourlittleacre.com