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5 Simple Gifts From The Garden

5 Simple Gifts From The Garden

As I have written before, gifts from your garden are not only great for those who receive them, but they keep you away from the crowds and commercialism of mall or department store shopping. Not only will you be getting your gift list taken care of, but you will be renewing yourself by getting in the garden.

Not only is it the season of gift-giving, but it is also the season for formal and informal gatherings. So, why not bring some of the bounty from your garden as a gift for your host, or simply to add to the meal for one of these occasions?

Those cool season crops make great gifts. For those who have put their gardens to bed for the winter, you can visit your local nursery or even a winter farmers’ market. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Do you have herbs in your garden? Or fruit trees? Include them in your favorite recipes for those holiday potlucks. Use your own lemons for lemon bars, or add your own herbs to your famous sauce, jelly, or bread. You can also make an extra batch (or batches) to give as a gift to somebody.

You can use your herbs to make decorative bottles or jars of your herbs, all dried and ready for the recipient to use. You can make your own labels, and buy or use vintage jars or bottles.

Make flavored vinegars from your thyme, rosemary, or cilantro, or add raspberries, oranges, or other fruits. You can top them off with matching ribbon and gift tags that say “From My Garden.”

A great gift for your host is a basketful of your winter bounty. If you live in a temperate climate, you can make it using your own winter citrus, apples, and other fruit. You can also supplement your own produce by shopping at the farmers’ market and include persimmons, nuts, and dried fruit.

Since your cool season greens should be thriving now, put together a living salad bowl by planting leaf lettuce seedlings in a container. You can include some great leaf varieties such as arugula (a peppery green usually served raw in salads and sometimes cooked in soups or pastas), mache (with small, dark green leaves), and frisee (pale, long-stemmed, and curly), to create your own mesclun (mixed) salad mix. In a few weeks, the container should be full of tender green plants that can be clipped as needed. The best part is the container should continue to grow new leaves as long as they are harvested from the outside leaves first.

Read more: Appetizers & Snacks, Christmas, Crafts & Design, Food, Green Gifts, Hanukkah, Holidays, Lawns & Gardens, Nature

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Judi Gerber

Judi Gerber is a University of California Master Gardener with a certificate in Horticultural Therapy. She writes about sustainable farming, local foods, and organic gardening for multiple magazines. Her book Farming in Torrance and the South Bay was released in September 2008.

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2:57PM PDT on Sep 23, 2013

Thank you Judi Gerber for this green gift ideas.

12:56PM PST on Jan 11, 2013

Thank you Judi, for Sharing this!

1:39AM PST on Jan 11, 2013

Thanks

3:00AM PST on Dec 16, 2012

Only give garden themed gifts if you know the recipient is into gardening. If you're not sure if someone can care for plants, avoid it. Other alternatives would be making homemade cookies and put it in a nice gift bag or christmas themed tin can or gift cards to the recipients' favorite store.

9:44PM PST on Dec 9, 2012

Some very nice suggestions, thank you.

4:24AM PST on Dec 5, 2012

nice idea

1:55AM PST on Dec 5, 2012

great green idea

9:58AM PST on Dec 1, 2012

ty

5:52PM PST on Nov 30, 2012

Thanks

4:28PM PST on Nov 30, 2012

Good suggestions and cool ideas - thanks!

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