I recently had the opportunity to talk to Paul James "The Gardener Guy" about National Public Gardens Day, more about that later at my Chicago Garden blog. Before the phone interview I was doing some research on Paul James and came across his Facebook page and learned he was working with Triscuit to promote "Home Farming."
What is Home Farming?
According to the Triscuit box "It's a chance to experience the simple joy of growing your own vegetables and herbs, no matter where you live. It's easier than you think!" To help get new home farmers started Triscuit is giving away basil and dill seeds in 4 million boxes. Yes, I went to the grocery store in search of the specially marked boxes of Triscuit because they came with free seeds inside. I have a sickness that only sowing seeds, on top of the hundreds I already have, can cure. Although, if the symptoms are only temporarily alleviated can it be a cure? Whatever.
The back of the box, that contains the explanation of what Home Farming is, looks like this. It shows some happy, diverse people in their respective farms. The trio at the top have a nice-sized farm and the young woman sniffing her seedlings obviously lives in an apartment complex and is growing her herbs and veggies on a windowsill.
The seeds are embedded in a seed card inside the Triscuit box.
You punch out the basil, or dill, seed card and follow the directions on the box for sowing the seeds. One thing that's really cool about this Home Farming promotion by Triscuit is the beautifully designed website they set up for all the new gardeners. You can input your location, size of your garden and how much time you can actually spend tending your garden and it gives you a planting guide, mostly herbs, that you can start from seeds and tells you when they'll be ready to harvest. There is also a gardening forum where you can talk about farming and get video gardening tips from Paul James "The Gardener Guy." They're also partnering with UrbanFarming.org to build 50 "community-based" home farms across the country.
If you're looking for seed sowing information check out the Seed Snatcher search engine powered by Google where you can find tips and techniques for starting all kinds of seeds for your garden. There's is also the Seed Snatcher blog where I post interesting seed related news and images I come across.