Gardeners of all levels can use a fun, bite-sized project to get things growing as soon as the soil warms in spring. When Seattle landscape architect Anne Dowell first decided to stash a few seed balls in truffle boxes for a garden gift basket, she knew she was onto something. Julia Elmer, who served them up to us, thought so, too.
For centuries, growers have used seed balls to store seeds, ensconced in a ball of compost (to feed the growing plant) and clay (to hold it together and prevent insect damage). Anne makes hers by hand, and all you need to do is toss them onto a sunny patch of dirt, water, and watch them grow. We’re also offering Anne’s Wine and Chocolates gift set (wine not included), which packages a set of Garden Bon Bons with one terracotta plant nanny in a Sussex Trug. Unlike their rich chocolate namesakes, these bon bons taste delicious for far more than a day. They'll spread joy for months, even years.