This week I'll be helping with a very timely and sure to be fun UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardener presentation at Irvine's Great Park entitled 'Gifts from the Garden'. I was tasked with making up a few small planted containers that could be used as hostess gifts for the coming holiday season.
Since I'm slightly obsessive and once I get started with this kind of thing I usually end up spending too much money and taking an inordinate amount of time getting it done, I tasked myself with a limit of $10 or less per planted container and only one afternoon spent planting them up. I tied each of the containers together with a common theme.
When I began, I wasn't sure what I would end up with. But after prowling my local consignment shop, Michael's craft store and Pier 1 clearance bins, some ideas started taking shape. The results were surprising, so easy and a number of the containers cost well under my $10 allocation!
I bought all of my supplies at just a few places. The plants came from my vacation home, also known as our local nursery, Plant Depot. I bought a mix of herbs in 4" pots and 6 packs. There was some landscape fabric lying around our garage which was handy for wrapping the little plants to preserve their soil. I also needed spaghnum moss, craft tweezers, 20 gauge wire, raffia wrapped wire, pliers, some faux insects (from the craft store's clearance bin), scissors and a glue gun.