I'm excited to guest host #GardenChat tonight. It's a weekly Twitter based "party" where gardeners from across the country get together to talk about gardening and whatever else is on our minds. It's a great way to make friends and learn something you might not know about the garden.If you want to join me on #GardenChat it starts at 9 p.m. EST. Click here for the what fors and how tos.
#GardenChat is how I met Bren who coordinates the event and writes the blog BGGarden. She has contributed this week's guest post. Everyone give her a big welcome to my blog!
If you are like many Americans, you will be watching A Charlie Brown Christmas during your Thanksgiving evening turkey sandwich snack. What would the holidays be without a glimpse of the past when having a puny little tree reflected the true meaning behind Christmas? This classic cartoon captures wonderful morals filled with the basic principle of making the most of what you have. When I think simple, I can't help but think of using items that make up my garden each year.
A wonderful tradition enjoyed by my family is to use treasures from the garden on our Christmas tree: Simple projects that include the children, like drying blooms from our favorite hydrangea shrub; Preserving memories while teaching the children that gardening is more then just enjoyment in the summer months but something that can be carried on into the next growing season. Drying hydrangeas for the Christmas tree is super easy if you remember that you will get the best results by cutting 12" stems during the months of August through October. Cutting fresh, recently opened blooms does not dry well in the open air. Letting the blooms hang in a dry area for a few weeks teaches the children patience and that good things come to those who wait. Basic craft projects like this will yield the benefits of expressing your creativity without spending a lot of money.
Think beyond what you've grown and preserved by using clean hand tools and miniature birdhouses in the decorating. Pulling items you use in the garden make a wonderful natural garden theme on a low budget. I can't explain the visual sensation experienced when seeing my favorite vacant birdhouse with the Christmas lights sparkling around it. You can also use burlap that is commonly used to wrap young shrubs in the garden as a tree skirt to complete the garden themed tree.
It seems that the true significance of the holidays has been lost in our society, having been cluttered by the average person's busy schedule. If time is budgeted, you can save money while attaching new memories to this time of year by making use of what you have - from the garden.