The transition time between the frigid, wet winter (yes, it gets cold and wet in Southern California too!) and the heat of the summer is, by far, my favorite time of the year. Growing up on the East Coast, spring came in spits and spats with the crocus bulbs blooming through patches of snow and the first robin spotted on the front lawn that looked like it had not seen the sun for months. But once the snow was completely gone and people braved the outdoors wearing only a t-shirt (even though it was still cool outside) you knew that spring had finally arrived in all its glory. One of my fondest memories from childhood was helping my father prepare the garden for planting. My garden gloves were always too big and, by the end the day they were soaking wet. I can still smell the dewy scent of freshly tilled earth ready for seeding.
Now living in Southern California where small backyards are the standard and space for planting is at a premium, I still try to carry on this spring tradition with my own children. There are some great products and helpful websites available for anyone with or without space, with or without a natural green thumb to start planting!
|Bloembox Veggie Garden||BloemBox - These boxes make beautiful gifts to someone who loves to garden (Mother's Day?). They are really two gifts in one. The handwrapped paper boxes are adorned with a hand made silk flower or veggie that are made to look like the real thing and can be kept as a beautiful keepsake. Inside the boxes are either bulbs or seeds that are entwined in biodegradable tissue paper for easy planting. Buy them at Bloembox.com.|
|Eco Plant Pals||Eco Plant Pals - Perfect kits for little gardeners. Each kit comes with everything you need in a corn based plastic container that is biodegradable and renewable. They come with their own card that teaches kids, in a fun way, the origin and personality of each plant. Comes in 18 different varieties of plant seeds. Buy them at DuneCraft for $2.99 each.|
|Herbal Tea Garden Kit||
Herbal Tea Garden Set - All the herbs you need to make your own herbal tea. Perfect for indoors or outside in a window box or deck planter. Comes with growing information and tea infusion directions. Buy at Bambeco for $15.00.