Although giving of oneself is a year-round endeavor this is the season that it is most celebrated. With recent economic events people are once again relying more upon their creativity than their credit cards so here are a few thoughts on affordable giving for that experienced or novice gardener on your gift list.
Seed Tape for Spring Planting cut two-inch wide strips of newspaper, using flour and water glue, adhere seeds to the strip of paper at required spacing, let dry completely, roll and tie with a ribbon or twine, add a tag with seed name and planting instructions.
Herbs are one of the most expensive food products to purchase in a grocery store. Peruse your local nursery or box store for thyme, rosemary, sage, lavender and other herbs that are often discounted this time of year and can be planted in cold weather conditions. Grab a plantable bamboo pot to create a complete herb garden.
Gardening Books you can never go wrong with books, look on Amazon.com, visit Powell’s Books or your local used book or thrift store, gardening books are everywhere! A few favourites: The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery, Straight Ahead Organic by Shepard Ogden, Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon, any of the Rodale Organic Pest and Disease Control Books.
Donate your time, expertise, or materials to beginning gardeners, school gardens, or mentor programs in your community. People are ready to learn and are just looking for a little support.
Give Education for a gift that lasts a lifetime. Urban Farm School is offering Gift Certificates for regular classes or consultations for 2010 in any denomination. Give one class for $15, a workshop for $40, a garden or canning consultation for $50, or a punchcard of 6 classes for the price of 5. Please, note that Gift Certificates are redeemable through December 2010 and are good for regular classes or consultations only and can not be used for Parks and Recreation supported classes.
It has been an interesting year for Urban Farm School with the celebration of our first year, the departure of Co-owner Toree Hiebert, and the continued economic instability in our region but because of the support of everyday citizens, Urban Farm School is entering 2010 excited, offering new classes, and creating new partnerships to better serve local gardeners. It is with deepest gratitude that we give thanks for your support and interest in urban farming in Clark County and we wish you a safe and happy holiday season.