How to pull carrots and other shenanigans...

Hey, guys, pulling carrots is pretty easy and kind of fun, too! These carrots were planted from one of our veggie mix cards (like the one above) and grew right here in our office. So let's start the carrot pulling...

To start, check out your carrots for maturity, mature carrots have deep green leaves and a large orange top of their root is developed. Water and loosen dirt 4-6 inches away from the base (a fork works great). Pull from the base of the foliage careful not to break the stem or roots. And there you have it...a bundle of carrots just in time for lunch!

So yep, it's that easy and super fun to see what you pull out -- here's our crazy container grown carrots. Each has it's own shape, size and personality (kind of cute, huh?). 

Check back in a few weeks for our follow-up blog on how to regrow your carrot greens... that is, if you carrot all ;) Now, what's for lunch? Carrots dipped in hummus -- we think. Uhm, yes please ~ yum!

Diggin' Deep – The meaning of flowers...

Are you attracted to the fun, flirty charm of the Black-Eyed Susan? Or do you find yourself drawn to the enchanting, yet dangerous, Snapdragon. Which Garden-Gram flower resonates within your soul? Go ahead, dig deep! ;)

Black-Eyed Susans
Fun, flirty and charming is the meaning emanating from the Black Eyed Susan flower symbolism, add in a flair for happiness and a heart full of smiles.
 

Yarrow
Yarrow flowers are often thought to represent both healing and inspiration. Many people give these blossoms as gifts to symbolize their concern for their recipient’s well-being, or to help them find joy and illumination in their lives. 
 

Snapdragon
The snapdragon flower has something of a dual nature when it comes to symbolism. Because of their history of cloaking women from undesirable affections, they are often thought to mean deception and denial. On the other hand, they are thought to be representative of a whimsical, gracious nature. They are also occasionally associated with strength, dignity and unique beauty. When given as a gift, these flowers may encompass either meaning, or perhaps even both – telling the recipient that you find them to be enchanting, but dangerous.

Poppy
Although the poppy flower may commonly be used to represent death and eternal rest, it is also thought to bring many good things. Mystics feel that poppies can be talismans for good luck in love, money and health.

Primrose
Evening primrose represents youth, eternal love and memory. As a gift, they are given for a number of reasons. They may be given during an anniversary as a reminder of the couple’s young love; it may be presented to the parents of a newborn child; or simply as an affectionate token to a well-loved companion.

Our tomatoes are growing up - time for a transplant...

Hey guys, our office tomatoes have been growing like crazy and need a bigger better home.

The general rule is when your plant is 3xs the height of its pot it's ready for an upgrade. Plus, when growing tomatoes from a seed, it's a good idea to repot them 2-3 times as they grow to help them build stronger roots. Read on for step-by-step instructions in how to transplant.

Before you start you'll need a large clean container per plant, soil and water...

1. First, pinch off the lowest 2-3 branches of leaves, especially if they are wilting or yellowing.

2. Gently loosen the "root ball" with your hands, lift and transplant to larger pot with a little dirt already at the bottom. Keep in mind that although roots are fragile, it's most important not to damage the stem while transplanting so handle with care.

3. Fill the new container so that there are several inches of the stem below the surface of the dirt.

4. Watering newly transplanted tomato plants is very important! The key is to water less frequently, but more thoroughly. Water all the way down to the lowest roots and only water again when the top layer of soil feels dry. Don't be concerned if your newly transplanted tomatoes look a little sad at first, they recover quickly! :)

Now sit back, relax and sunbath with your tomato plant (they need about 8 hours of direct sunlight and warmth each day). In no time you will be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor. What's better than sliced tomatoes...?!?

Recaps from the 2015 National Stationery Show!

^Check out our booth...All plants were grown from our cards and traveled with us from WI-->NYC!

Hey guys! We had a long, relaxing weekend away from the office and it's about time we give a quick little recap of our first ever product launch at the 2015 National Stationery Show (yay)! In a nutshell, exhibiting was an awesome experience -- not only was everyone super nice, it was a breath of fresh air to be surrounded by like minded people that love and appreciate all things "old-school" like letterpress printing and handmade paper (yes!). Even more exciting... we met some really amazing people and sold into 25+ stores around the world (TBA soon)!!!

Thanks for all the support, we couldn't have done it without ya and we can't wait for next year! :)

How to plant your Garden~Grams Card!

What you'll need:
- A pre-soaked garden-gram card (pre-soaked in water for approx 8 hours)
- Pile o' dirt
- Small container/s to plant in (we used vintage teacups found at a local antique shop)

1) Fill your planting containers with dirt, leaving an inch of room at the top...
 

3) Lay card pieces on top of dirt, covering most of the dirt area.

2) Tear soaked card into quarter size pieces. If the paper dries out the seeds won't sprout (so make this part snappy! ;)).

4) Cover card pieces with a thin layer of loose dirt (about 1/8th of an inch is ideal).

5) Water regularly, keep moist, place in a warm sunny spot, relax and watch grow! Sprouts in about 1-4 weeks. Check back soon for our "Let's talk transplanting." Thanks!

Grow a little on Earth Day :)!

For Earth Day this year we planted our cards in seed starters made from recycled local newspaper...see instructions to make below! :)

What you'll need: newspaper, scissors, a small can. We used a tomato paste can but a soda can works well, too.

If you plan on planting right away you'll also need dirt and a pre-soaked Garden~Grams card (gg-card). And you may want to have something to put the planted seed starters on because they will leak water otherwise (we used a big plant saucer).

Take a few sheets of newspaper, layer and cut them length-wise in 3 strips.

(1) Loosely roll one strip at a time around your can leaving about an inch of newspaper hanging off the end.

(2) Fold the hanging edge of the newspaper over the can and flatten against the bottom. It's okay if there is a hole peeking through the paper -- that provides extra drainage.

(3) Slide the can out and voilà! You have yourself a nifty biodegradable seedling pot!

Now you are ready to plant! Fill each pot with dirt leaving an inch of room at the top.

Tear your pre-soaked gg-card into quarter size pieces and place on top of the soil.

Sprinkle a thin layer of dirt on top and water regularly. You should see the fruits of your labor in 1-4 weeks!