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Creating a sustainable Christmas

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Creating a sustainable Christmas

Christmas and sustainability aren’t two words you’d automatically think of as being related to each other but if you’re looking to save money on your gift list, you need to start doing just that; just think decorations and food.

Instead of buying gifts for the foodies on your holiday shopping list, turn your fall harvest into Santa’s grab bag by preserving and canning what you’ve picked. If you don’t have a harvest, you can still get what you need from your local produce merchant. Everything from zesty salsas to hearty jams is within your creative reach. And most can be done easily with a simple water bath canning procedure. Instructions can be found online and kits can be purchased both online and in most stores.

And while you’re in a creative mood, why not deck your halls with home made garland. Using cuttings of pine, yew, spruce, holly or arborvitae you can produce fresh strands of garland that you’d ordinarily pay a pretty penny for, especially if you have more than a few halls to deck.

And the beauty of this all is that you create it from your own garden, or at the very least, through your own craftsmanship “buy” way of your local market. And when the holiday is done, your garland can go to compost, paving the way for the whole process to start again next year.

Fresh Garland – Making Links

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mwEi3sEZxU
How to make Christmas garland from fresh greenery

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbqtNE0tJoA
Growing at Reiman Gardens – Holiday Decorations

http://craftthyme.com/2010/12/handmade-evergreen-garland/

http://www.lavenderfieldsfarm.com/fresh-garland-making/

Canning Instructions, Tips & Recipes

http://www.freshpreserving.com/recipes.aspx

http://allrecipes.com/recipes/side-dish/sauces-and-condiments/canning-and-preserving/

http://www.food.com/recipes/canning

http://www.freshpreserving.com/getting-started.aspx

http://nchfp.uga.edu/publications/publications_usda.html

http://www.pickyourown.org/water_bath_canning_directions.php

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