SeedBallz and Seeds: Gifts for Gardeners

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If you're familiar with guerrilla gardening, then you've heard of seed bombs. Seed bombs are a small amounts of clay formed into spheres that hold seeds. Usually, seed bombs are tossed over fences into places like empty lots where the rains dissolve the clay exposing the seeds that then germinate. They're easy to make, but you can save yourself some time and work by purchasing SeedBallz. The SeedBallz contain the same amount of seeds as your average seed packet. These are hand rolled by people with developmental disabilities in the U.S. You help employ people in America who need jobs while beautifying your garden or your neighborhood. A good stocking stuffer for the gardener in your life small children you want to teach about gardening. You can buy them online here.

Seeds are another great gift idea for the gardener. You can purchase
individual seeds, seed collections or gift certificates from most
online seed sources if you don't know exactly what kind of plants your
gardener in your life is interested in.

Renee's Garden: Specializes in heirloom and old-fashioned flowers and gourmet herbs and veggies. Holiday gift page here.

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds: Focuses on heirloom varieties. Couldn't find a holiday gift page.

Botanical Interests: A good selection of flowers, herbs and vegetables and even organically grown seeds. Holiday gift page here.

Johnny's
Select: An employee-owned seed company that produces medicinal,
culinary, flower, cover crops and farm seed. Holiday gift page here.

Seed
Savers Exchange: A non-profit organization that saves and shares
heirloom seeds. A membership is a good gift for the conscientious
gardener on your list. Holiday gift page here.

Are
you looking for a frugal stocking stuffer? The Forest Preserve District
of Cook County publishes a calendar and distributes them for free. You
can pick up a 2010 calendar by visiting the FPDCC's Permits and
Recreation Department, 536 N. Harlem Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60305.
Permits and Recreation is open from 8:30 A.M. until 4 P.M., Monday
through Friday.

They are also available at one of the six
nature centers in the area: Crabtree Nature Center, 3 Stover Road,
Barrington, IL; River Trail Nature Center, 3120 Milwaukee Avenue,
Northbrook, IL; Sand Ridge Nature Center, 15890 Paxton Avenue, South
Holland, IL;Camp Sagawau, 12545 West 111th Street, Lemont, IL; and Hal
Tyrell Trailside Museum, 738 Thatcher Avenue, River Forest, IL.Little
Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, 9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow
Springs, IL. You can also pick one up at one of the Volunteer Resource
Centers: The Southland Volunteer Resource Center, 12474 W. 111th
Street, Lemont; and he Mathew Bieszczat Volunteer Resource Center, 6100
N. Central Avenue, Chicago. They can also be obtained via mail click here for info.

Related post: Amaryllis Bulb Kits: Gifts for Gardeners

Disclosure: 
Botanical Interests and Renee's Garden were sponsors of Chicago Spring
Fling; a meetup of garden bloggers from across the country that was
held in Chicago in May. I was on the organizing committee along with
fellow garden blogs Garden Girl, MySkinnyGarden, Sweet Home and Garden Chicago and On the Shores of Lake Chicago.
In addition, I once did a social media consultation for Renee's Garden
and even sat down and had dinner with Renee when she was in Chicago
this summer for the IGC Show. You can read about that here
and also see a funny picture of Jere Gettle the founder of Baker Creek
Seeds. As an interesting side note: if you participated in Chicago TomatoFest the tomatoes you grew were from Jere's company.

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  • Seed ballz? That's really hilarious! Seriously. Another seed source I like for heirloom seeds is Monticello: http://www.monticellocatalog.org/outdoor---garden-plants---seeds.html. They were my seed source for the 1860s fountain garden I planted at Cobblestone Farm in Ann Arbor, and the website provides tidbits of interesting info about the history of the seeds,

  • In reply to gardenfaerie:

    I think I was just reading about them the other day. I think some of the seeds used in the Obama garden came from there. Thanks for sharing the link.

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