Matchstick Garden

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I bought this little UK product, The Matchstick Garden, while out shopping for project supplies at a bourgeoisie cooking store in my neighborhood the other day. Those fancy stores with their beautifully packaged products and their well-appointed displays get me every time.

It was in one of those well-appointed displays that I saw them, pretty little matchbooks with small seed-embedded “matches” inside that can be torn off and germinated in soil. Each “match” holds approximately 3 or 4 seeds which when multiplied by 10 amounts to about 40 seeds at best. A good pack of organic lettuce seeds usually holds about 200 seeds, often much more. Clearly this product is more about cuteness — it would make a fun gift for a new gardener but is hardly about functionality or economy.

Photo by Gayla Trail  All Rights Reserved

Still, this is a product that knows how to go directly for my Achilles heel with the triple threat of cuteness, novelty, and nice design. It’s a slightly impractical product that I don’t need and yet I still bought it. And then I took a picture of it and came here to tell you about it.

Makers of Matchstick Garden: 1

Me: -$2.99

Gayla Trail
Gayla is a writer, photographer, and former graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the author, photographer, and designer of best-selling books on gardening, cooking, and preserving.

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18 thoughts on “Matchstick Garden

  1. Ah, I too would have fallen prey to the cuteness and happily parted with my $3. And perhaps just carry it in my purse for a few months…

  2. I’ve been attracted to this idea for years, but have resisted buying one because I’m too cheap…er…frugal.

    Would love it if you planted a few and let us know if they grow nicely.

    I wonder about making a DIY version of this to give out at birthday parties. What type of adhesive would hold a seed to a piece of cardboard without damaging the seed or reducing its efficacy?

  3. Juggling Frogs: A mix used for stamps would work… although I believe that is often made using gelatin. White glue is often used in making seed tape.

  4. I’ve seen these as an option for wedding favors and we’ve decided they are perfect for our farm wedding! It was either these or seed packets in all liklihood.

  5. Couldn’t you make your own paper and then, during the process, infuse the bottom edge with seeds? Then, when the paper is dry, cut it into strips to be used as markers/seed-carrying-devices. I guess that’s a bit more work than white glue and cardboard….

  6. Now this is totally new to me and I have a big goofy grin on my face reading about it !
    I might not be able to resist it either .. too darn cute !

  7. Fern, I haven’t had much luck with wildflower seeded paper. Very few seeds actually seem to germinate after they’ve been through the paper making process… Has anyone else had luck with these kinds of paper? Is it just a gimmick??

  8. I got a pack for my birthday last year and just planted the sticks a couple days (weeks??) ago and they are sprouting. May not be the more practical thing in the world, but super fun.

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