Pencil Too Short? Get Sprout, the Pencil That Grows Beth Snyder June 9, 2014 Pencils aren’t used as much as they used to be, but there are still quite a few people who prefer them over other writing implements. The trouble with pencils is when they get too short. There is still plenty of graphite left in them, but they’re no longer comfortable to write with. Most of us end up either throwing them out or tossing them in a drawer from whence they will never see the light of day again. It’s wasteful, and while they do eventually biodegrade, it takes a long time. Sprout has an alternate use for those old pencils stubs, and it’s a pretty good one. Each pencil stores a stash of herb seeds, so when you’ve gotten all the comfortable use out of the pencil possible, you can plant it and enjoy herbs fresh from your garden. Neat, huh? And no worries about the pencil part contaminating your herbs, because the body is made of cedar while the “lead” is a combination of graphite and clay, guaranteed non-toxic. When you’re ready to plant, just push the pencil point-side up into a pot of soil. It’s recommended that you plant them outdoors for best results (and no, they do not guarantee your seeds will sprout), but after you plant it, all you have to do is add water, light, and maybe a little fertilizer. You’ll want to make sure your pencil in a pot gets full sunlight for best results. It should take 2-3 weeks for your seeds to sprout, and 4-5 weeks before your herbs will be developed enough to use for cooking. This is also good for those of you who have a habit of chewing on the end of your pencil, which is bad for your teeth and also can make you sick, because exposure to water causes the seed capsule to degrade and germination to start. Keep your pencil out of water (and your mouth) until such time as you’re ready to plant it! However, if you do forget and find yourself gnawing, there’s nothing to worry about health-wise since, as mentioned above, they are non-toxic. Choose from coriander, dill, basil, rosemary, mint, sage, thyme, marigold, calendula, and even tomato or green pepper. All seeds are organic and pesticide-free, and you’re guaranteed a minimum of five seeds per pencil depending on type of herb. They come in various combinations from a pack of three (about $11.00 US) to a pack of eight (about $28.00 US), and are widely available in stores throughout Europe. Despite being made in Minnesota, everyone else will have to order them online from their store in Denmark. Source: Gizmodo Share This With The World!