The beautiful, full color Seeds of Change catalog arrived this week, so now begins planning of next year’s garden. It’s one of the few catalogs I enjoy in print form because there is so much food gardening how-to information that it’s nearly a gardening book itself. This non-profit is America’s most famous organic heirloom seed source, and they keep many of these old varieties in cultivation through their efforts. On cold winter days I will be spending a great deal of time perusing the pages, but you can get started online right now at http://www.seedsofchange.com/ or call for a catalog of your own 888 762-7333
Rather than spend money, take a walk in your dormant garden or wayside places to gather natural decorations. The pioneers did the very same thing in the early American Christmas celebrations – and you can do it too. The trick is to rethink what you find. Dry weeds can be wired into a naturalistic wreath studded with fruit or berries. Dormant honeysuckle or grape vines can be decorated into swags with fresh greens and cones. These decorations are organic, and may be given to the compost pile at the end of the season. Compare this sustainable approach to the millions of plastic and mylar decor items bought for use just a few days a year, then thrown into the trash come January. Click on our FREE eBooks tab above to download your color copy of organic Holiday Gifts & Decorating Ideas by Maureen Gilmer.