Hannah Marchant, an artist, designer and printer from Somerset, has the perfect “green” eco-friendly solution in more ways than one. At her studio-cum-workshop on a working farm at Long Sutton, she has handcrafted a range of greetings cards that, come the spring, can be planted out in the garden or container pot to grow into culinary herbs and vegetables or a colourful blaze of wildflowers.
Made from recycled paper pulp which is embedded with seeds during the manufacturing process, the cards are not only compostable but, as they grow and blossom, permanently echo the greetings and good wishes of the friends or loved-ones who sent them. All greetings cards are designed, printed and packaged by Hannah in her Somerset Studio which she is particularly proud of.
Recycled paper pulp is embedded with Non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) wildflower seeds.
The seeds contain a mix of:
Bird's Eye Clarika, Black Eyed Susan, Sweet Alyssum, Catfly and Snapdragon.
These seeds are tested for purity and are approved by the APHA.
Simply plant the paper in a pot or soil in the garden, cover with light covering of soil or compost and water thoroughly. The seeds in the paper will germinate and grow into plants.
For best germination results plant within 2 years. They should still grow after this time but the germination rates will decline. Store in a cool, dry place to preserve the germination rates as long as possible.
Instructions for planting:
Plant in the Spring.
You will need:
A pot or flower bed, good potting soil, your card, water and a sunny corner.
In a pot - Fill your pot with good compost, leaving space at the top,
Garden - loosen the soil a little where you are going to place your card.
Place your card on top of the soil, you can either lay it flat or tear it up to fill the space. Cover the card with approx 3-4mm of soil and gently press down.
After planting give them a good watering, you want the paper and soil to be nicely damp but not swimming in water.
During the first 10 days keep the paper moist at all times as is necessary for germination.
Once seedlings appear continue to keep the paper moist but be careful not to overwater. Once sturdy plants appear, water as needed.
Enjoy the flowers and wildlife that will visit them.
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