As I've said before I can't pass by a seed packet display without giving it a look, but I rarely look at the top row of seeds. The other day I did though, and saw this:
I can't decide if this is goofy or not. Oh, I'm well aware that it is Goofy, but why is he on a seed packet?
He's not alone either:
Pluto gets to be on two different packages:
From this I learned that dogs love edible plants much more than ducks or overly happy mice do, as they are featured on a single packet only:
I guess if you think about it, there's logic to this: Dogs dig, gardeners dig, gardeners love growing things, so dogs must love growing things. How can you fault that reasoning?
I'm just not sure what these iconic and beloved characters are doing on seed packets. Sure it's to get the little ones interested in putting some seeds into the ground, but I think that if I were a child who chose some Goofy seeds I'd be disappointed to just see some boring old carrots come out of the ground after a few months of care.
Maybe that's a good lesson to learn early though: the images on seed packets are ideal -- your results may vary.
(By the way, a packet of seeds contains small parts and is a choking hazard -- these are for children over 3 years of age only! Good thing they put that on the label.)
There are growing kits too:
These contain everything you need to grow, I guess, a whole bunch of different things, because there are three characters shown on the front. Exciting!
Oh, these kits contain just two different kinds of seeds, and only one of them is edible! Good thing I read the label.
There are stickers inside though.
Since girls are not really attracted to growing edibles (what?) there are other, more floriferous options in bright pink packages:
Good thing little boys don't love sunflowers and other cool flowers like asters. (what?)
Sort of like the Kosmik Kactus I posted about recently, I'm undecided about these seed packets. Are they just gimmicks to get parents to buy something that they normally wouldn't? Or are these clever ways to introduce the joys of plants to more people? Maybe a good idea, but poorly executed?
What do you think?