Turn over a new leaf this spring with local independent publisher Front Forty Press’s Green Dynamite, $10. The biodegradable tubes contain seeds of more than 50 of the Chicago area’s native wildflowers and grasses-enough to spread over an estimated 400 square feet. The seeds are easy to plant (sorry-there’s no actual explosion) and satisfying in more ways than one: Proceeds from sales of the packets are donated to local green organizations. Available at Sprout Home, 745 N. Damen Ave., 312-226-5950.


Photograph: Tyllie Barbosa