It's impossible for your eyes to not be attracted to the softball-sized mossy orbs strung from the roof of Cory Sackett's Park Silly Sunday Market stall. In fact, people were so fascinated by the string gardens in Sackett's first year at the market that they created a traffic jam, forcing the organizers to give him a second booth farther up the street to avoid congestion issues. Each ball encases a different plant, making each unique and intriguing in its own ways. The string gardens are Japanese in origin, called Kokedama, and Sackett learned how to make them when he was in the country hoping to master the art of bonsai trees.
String gardens, however, aren't the only items Sackett sells through his business, Liqui-Dirt. He's also a purveyor of dozens of organic seeds, organic pesticides, and the organic soil amendment that serves as the namesake, Liqui-Dirt. "It's made through a forty-stage, five-year process," says Sackett of Liqui-Dirt. "It uses essential microorganisms to "pre-digest" sustainably sourced grown and harvested or mined ingredients." In other words, a little goes a long way. The formula fortifies plants, building stronger leaves and roots systems, and allows faster plant growth and vegetable or flower production. His seeds are all non-GMO, non-hybrid, organic, self-sustaining, and harvested from Sackett's farm in Sanpete County. All you have to do is plant them and once they're ready for harvest, you'll have a new batch of seeds to work with again. "I care deeply for the environment and want to protect the very thing that gave us life. We only have one world that we are all a part of, which is why I take an active roll in doing my part to repair the damage that has come from generations of neglect," he says. "I want to inspire people and their families to come together, plant a garden, watch it grow, laugh, and have fun." You can tell he means it. He tells all his customers he's available to answer questions 24/7 and even stops to gift a small boy a free packet of watermelon seeds after the kid tells him he planted them incorrectly and nothing came up, taking the time to explain how to do it properly.
Sackett also tries to help the environment via his "Bee Green Project." For $5 you can pick up a pack of perennial wildflowers to scatter in your flowerbeds or wherever you wish. Out of the $5 you spend, $4 goes to saving the bees and $1 goes towards restocking the wildflower seed bank so he can maintain the project.
You can visit Sackett's Liqui-Dirt stall every Sunday at Park Silly Market (Main Street, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or at the Park City Farmer's Market on Wednesdays (Canyons Village, noon to 5 p.m.).