Now that spring has arrived, you’re probably thinking about seasonal crafts and holidays. If you’re trying to decide what to gift your loved ones for Easter, why not combine these two ideas and make them a special basket right from your own garden? They will receive a gift made with love, and you (and your kids, if you have them) will have fun creating it.
What about a gift basket full of seedlings that you can share with friends to help them start their own spring gardens? Start by selecting a basket of the appropriate size for the gift that you want to give. Then, fill it with potting soil and start selecting young plants from your own garden.
Herbs are a good choice, because they’re easy to grow and almost everyone enjoys fresh herbs for cooking. If the gift recipient has room in their yard for a larger garden, consider a few vegetable or strawberry plants as well. Include one or two blooming flowers, and you’ve created a gift basket that is both practical and beautiful to present.
Remember to vary planting heights, with taller plants in the back of your presentation and shorter ones in the front. Mix a few different types of plants, for a variety of leaf size, texture, and color, for a more interesting look. Include labels so that your friend can easily identify their seedlings and correctly replant them in their own garden.
Other fun gift ideas that you could toss into these baskets include seed packets, a new pair of gardening gloves, a trowel, or a sun visor.
Or, if you want to go with a more traditional Easter basket full of candy, you can still decorate it with items from your garden. A bed of moss or dried grass is more interesting and environmentally friendly than the plastic grass sold in stores. Twist some blooms or a vine around the basket’s handle, and your gift will seem more special than the baskets sold in stores.
And don’t forget about us! If you have a friend ready to start their own garden, we can help. Tell them to call us about new landscaping additions, and we can help them decide upon size and placement for the best results.