Troll through your garden looking at seedheads and collecting the wealth at hand. Seeds make great gifts and are versatile beyond restocking your own garden. Consider using homemade seed packets as Thanksgiving place setting cards, stocking stuffers, inclusions in holiday mailings or hostess gifts.
Seeded eucalyptus is an excellent filler for tabletop arrangements and centerpieces. The rich organic texture and warm green-grey tones are ideal for evoking a feeling of fall, plus the eucalyptus leaves are known for having healing qualities that can help keep your autumnal soiree laid back and easy.
A common way heirlooms are shared is from collected seed. I rub faded wheat-flowered celosia (Celosia spicata ‘Flamingo Feathers’) through a colander to clean chaff from seeds, before packaging up to give as gifts to friends and visiting children. Clean seeds can be stored indoors in a cool, dry place for months or even years.
Plant kale seeds from early spring to early summer and again in fall. Soil should be at least 40 degrees F when you sow kale. For early spring planting, that soil temperature corresponds to roughly the time that dandelion and forsythia flower.
The green thumbs on your list will appreciate this handy caddy filled with potting soil, pots, an assortment of seeds and other necessities for getting a head start on spring planting. Make a gift to nurture their green thumbs with our step-by-step instructions.
Plants that self-sow aggressively in the landscape can be beautiful in bloom, but a gardener’s nightmare if allowed to go to seed. Clip seedheads on plants that tend to self-sow heavily in your garden. Good candidates include joe-pye weed, goldenrod, boltonia and black-eyed susans.