Today is from Tracy and is Gift Baskets From Your Own Garden.
I have an 18 year old son, a 6 yr old son, 4 yr old daughter and a 1 yr old daughter. We live in town and have a VERY limited space for a garden. We dug up and took a flower bed along the house and turned it into a garden area a few years ago because out oldest loves gardening.
With him leaving for college the younger kids wanted to help him with the garden so we bought them each one of those indoor greenhouses. My husband’s work had passed out seed packets at a health fair so we really didn’t have much cost at all. Our son planted all vegetables and
our daughter all flowers.
The kids enjoy going out to help pick the veggies so we knew we could make spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, and salsa (which our kids love) from our tomatoes.
Then this summer we located a u pick berry farm and made a few trips to pick – strawberries, red and black raspberries, blueberries and a few blackberries. When we got home we made jams using the freezer method – it was so easy to throw it in the food processor add pectin and DONE.
With all the jam in the freezer we then headed to the apple orchard and picked apples from dwarf trees so the kids both loved this. We then made apple sauce and apple butter. My daughter washed all the apples – 2 bushels and then my son enjoys turning the handle on the strainer that we have, using his muscles.
Of course we took pictures along the way, planting our seeds, picking fruit, and cooking…..we plan to make a little 4X6 picture book as well as purchasing a pot holder that we will decorate with a painted hand print to include in a basket of goodies with our homemade items for all their
Each year we plan to try something new we can make but since we buy each Godparent a gift from each child that is an extra 6 gifts I need to purchase at Christmas and I really don’t feel it is from the kids if I just go buy a gift card – I wanted it to be something that the kids were involved it making.
The baskets will each be customized by what the kids think their Godparents will like, but here are the options:
- Apple butter
- Strawberry jam
- peach jam
- red raspberry jam
- black raspberry jam
- Blue berry jam
- spaghetti sauce
- pizza sauce
Of course I may throw some other things in the basket to fill it out – box of spaghetti, bag of tortilla chips, loaf of bread – we will just see what the kids think and let them decide.
If we have enough stuff we may also do grandparents this way.
Editor’s note: Although it’s past gardening season for most people, get creative and you could still make your own jams or butters to pack.