BLACK FRIDAY GARDEN GIFTS! Gifts to Give, Gifts to Get!
Pour a little garden love into your loved one’s life this holiday season!
Make Organic, Sustainable Holiday Gifts! This is the prime time to start winter gift plantings for holiday giving! Start a salad bowl, make some pesto ice cubes – harvest before your basil freezes, collect basil seeds while you are at it! Gather seeds to put in pretty little jars – label and tie with a bright festive bow. Some of those seeds can be used for seasoning, some for planting! Dry and powder some herbs for teas, pillows, sachets! Make scented candles or creams, soaps or shampoos! Sage darkens your hair, chamomile lightens. Make an herb wreath, or classic orange pomander balls. Herbed vinegars & oils are simple to make, and beautiful! In white wine or rice vinegars:
- Lavender is rose red
- Nasturtium flowers release neon orange
- Sage in flower & purple basil are magenta!
Likewise, be thinking of what you can give your loved one or good friend in the way of gardening items! Buy local! How about that special tool, a new shovel? Some seeds? A container or garden decoration they have been longing for, a beauteous trellis. Oh, some of those fancy flowered rain boots?! YES! Gloves – those old ones are worn out, you know. Supplies like special potting mixes, fertilizers. Books on the topic dearest their heart – Recipes, garden specialities, California Master Gardener Handbook! Sponsor them for the class they would like to take but didn’t have the dough. Garden plates and mugs. That catalog and a gift certificate to go with it! Local services, like an hour of time on something that takes a little more doing than one person would like to do alone, or a consult with your local sustainable landscaper! Hey, it’s a win/win! It’s sustainable and makes you both happy! Trifecta!
Oh, and don’t forget to leave your own garden shopping list lying about the house…if someone tries to discourage you from buying something on the list, let them. Who knows what will show up with a bow on it?!
Next week: A Little About Onions, a LOT About GARLIC!