Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Garden Bon Bons: April's Fool's Day

Here's something for April's Fool's Day that you'll enjoy: Garden Bon Bons (Moulton). These garden truffles are for planting - not for eating! Want to make your own Bon Bon seed balls? Scroll down. 

I love to garden, and I love chocolate. Here's a line of garden truffles -- handcrafted bon bon balls of clay, organic compost and seed wrapped in a lovely "chocolate" package. They're the perfect gift for any gardener--and for the chocoholic--but don't eat them!

Seed balls aren't new, but this presentation is. The compost in the seed balls provides nutrients to the seeds and the clay holds it together and protects against insects. So toss them into the garden or indoor container. Find a sunny spot, add water, and watch them grow!

Selections include: Culinary Basil Garden Bon Bons, Italian Herb Garden Bon Bons, Herbal Tea Garden Bon Bons, Slow Drinks Garden Bon Bons.

Check them out here.

Want to make your own Garden Bon Bons? It's easy and they make great gifts. Just be sure to tell the recipients that they're not edible... well they might be, but they won't taste like truffles! LOL!

I use a recipe adapted from Heavy Petal, but I decorate differently. Since it's April Fool's Day, I love the idea of presenting 'faux bon bons" today!

How to make your own! DIY Garden Bon Bons!

GARDEN BON BONS: Instructions!

Ingredients
5 parts dry red art clay (you can buy this at the pottery store or nursery)
3 parts dry organic compost
1 part seed (wildflower, edible flowers, herbs? your choice-but keep use small seeds)
1 – 2 parts water
Candy cup/wrappers
Candy box
Ribbon
Coffee grounds or cinnamon (to roll some bon bons in--prevention against insects)

Directions
1. Measure out three parts of dry compost or soil. This provides a growing medium for the seeds.
2. Measure out five parts of dry powdered clay. Once mixed with water, the clay will hold the seed balls together.
3. Add one part seed.
4. Add one to two parts water, and combine. The mixture should be moist, but not wet. Add water as you go.
5. Roll the seed ball mix into balls 1-2 inches.
6. Roll some 'bon bons' in coffee grounds or cinnamon (good against insects and for variety in your 'display'
7. Set aside to dry (use cookie sheets) for a few days before storing or using.

To package: Put individual bon bons in candy cup/wrappers. Place in box and tie box with ribbon.

How to plant them? Just place them on top of the soil in a sunny location. Don't bury them!

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