Give the Gift of Green
... and we're not talking cash! This holiday season, consider giving gift to friends, family and co-workers that will last the whole year through... plants!
Among your many options:
- House plants with particular air-purifying qualities, like pathos, philodendron and spider plants.
- Miniature azaleas, rose bushes, hibiscus, Christmas cactus or holly.
- A set of seed packets for the vegetable or flower garden.
- A gift certificate for plants or seeds from a gardening supply catalog or shop.
- Landscape plants native to your region of the country.
Why not consider planting a living tree for the holidays?
- Choose a healthy tree whose roots are balled and wrapped in burlap.
- Keep the tree outside until you're ready to bring it in for decoration.
- Make sure the tree remains well-watered.
- Keep the tree inside for no more than a week.
- Transplant the tree into a hole prepared before the ground froze.
- Plant the tree with plenty of organic matter; mulch and water well.
Remember: If you opt for the traditional tree instead of a live one, make sure to recycle it when the holiday is over.
- Put the tree in a corner of your backyard, where it can become habitat for squirrels, birds, and other local wildlife.
- Trim off the branches and use them for mulch under acid-loving bushes and shrubs.
- Participate in local tree recycling programs.
- Chop the tree trunk into pieces that can be converted into firewood.
Other festive tips to save some green:
- Recycle last year's cards into this year's gift tags. Use serrated scissors to cut the front of the card into appealing shapes and sizes.
- Make sure this year's cards are made from recycled paper.
- Put E-mail to work and send paper-free electronic greeting cards.
- Avoid wrapping paper. Use newspaper or brown craft paper that you can decorate yourself. Sunday comics also make a colorful, recyclable wrap kids will love!
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