With less than one week to go to Christmas, it’s crunch time for buying gifts. An easy one to buy and assemble is garden seeds. Here are some tips: Buy seeds that will grow in our climate. Phoenix is Zone 9. If you are buying for someone outside Phoenix, check their zone here:
Bundle your seeds to create a theme garden. Try a salsa garden, ecological garden (attracts pollinators), sunflower variety, fragrant garden or a lettuce mix bed. If harvesting your own seeds, store them in a dry container. For a gift, package seeds in glass jars or fancy envelopes. No plastic bags! Seed viability decreases with time. Encourage your gift recipient to use their seeds within one to three years. Include a pot with your seeds. Tie a bow with twine for the finishing touch. Two of my favorite seed companies are: Botanical Interests: the artwork on these seed packets is gorgeous. Save the packets and use for art! These seeds can be found in local nurseries or online at www.botanicalinterests.com.
Seeds of Change: everything grows from these seeds! This company has a beautiful catalog that will hook you on seeds forever. They also have a huge seed donation program for community gardens. Learn more at www.seedsofchange.com.