Dirt on Gardening

With the popularity of gardening, there are always lots of gifts that gardeners can use ranging from practical to fun and everything in between. Here are a few things that might interest and even help the gardener your life this year.

From the practical standpoint, a great pair of gloves is a must have for every gardener. If the gardener in your life does a lot of gardening, they probably need a new pair of gloves every season, too. There are machine-washable stretch denim gloves with faux leather palms and fingers. The adjustable wrist strap will help keep debris out of the gloves. These gloves are available at www.gardeners.com.

Also practical is an adjustable hand rake. This lightweight steel tool extends from 18 to 32 inches and features a narrow rake head. This tool will make reaching under large shrubs or between delicate plants easier than ever. Find it at www.coronatoolsusa.com.

I’ve talked about “Tubtrugs” here before. Tubtrugs are flexible polyethylene buckets that come in a range of sizes. They are simply great for lugging around the garden. Now the Tubtrug Colander is available. This rubber container has perforated sides so you can rinse or soak your harvest before taking it inside. Find both items at www.gardeners.com.

Does the gardener in your life also enjoy coloring? Found at www.greenprints.com, the Great Garden Quotes book features perforated pages of gardening scenes with gardening quotes on each page.

Many gardeners enjoy inviting wildlife into their yard, especially wild birds. The purple coneflower has inspired a new bird feeder for the gardener. This large metal coneflower has bright purplish-pink metal petals, and the “cone” is a wire, mesh feeder that can be filled with sunflower seed to attract and feed a variety of birds. Find the feeder at www.plowhearth.com.

White Flower Farm has some wonderful living items – amaryllis bulbs ready to blossom, fresh wreaths of living greenery such as balsam fir boughs, potted citrus trees and flowering potted plants. If something to be planted in the garden is desired, gift certificates are available, too, and your gardener can shop for the perfect plant for the perfect spot in their garden. Available at www.whiteflowerfarm.com.

Questions or comments related to gardening? Contact Joleen at missourigardener@hotmail.com

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