Inspirations

February 26, 2006|By SUSAN REIMER

SPLURGE OF THE WEEK

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Native Americans, to keep valuable seed from blowing away or being eaten by birds, often hid it inside little balls of clay. This same method is offered by Gardener's Supply. Each of three different types of clay balls contains its own seed collection of 20 or more different kinds. Just scatter the seed balls on prepared soil, water well and keep moist. Plant in spring after all danger of frost. Each ball will cover one square foot. Seeds will germinate in 7 to 30 days. Hummingbird and Wildflower collections are sold in packages of 16 balls, while the Sunflower collection contains eight clay seed balls.

Seed balls are available at gardeners.com or by calling 888-833-1412.

RETAIL PRICE: $14.95 (2 or more $12.50 each)

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[SUSAN REIMER]

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