Tips and resources for farmers and gardeners
Gifts for Gardeners
If you have gardeners on your shopping list, whatever you do, don’t give them cheap tools. Give them something they’ll remember.
Most serious gardeners would much rather receive one high-quality garden tool than a bunch of cheap ones that won’t last a year. And please don’t give an adult a set of child-size tools.
“Everyone wants pass-a-long plants and rooted cuttings,” he said. “I toured a lovely garden recently, and the owner told me it consisted mainly of plants she had received from friends or grew from cuttings.”
Low-light house plants are also great. Gardeners typically like indoor plants, too, he said.
For the same reason, Slagle wants a sheath or an apron with pockets to keep her gardening tools close at hand. “I’ve even thought of attaching a keychain with a cord to my pruners.”
Clothes are nice, she said, like a hat for sun protection or pants with reinforced knees.
Give a membership to a botanical garden, she said, or gift certificate from a seed supply company.
Don’t forget cordless gardening tools, she said. They’re great for small jobs.
“The new cordless tools have lower emissions. So, they are better for the environment, too,” she said. “A cordless saw-all pruner is on the top of my wish list this year.”
She also suggests giving interactive CDs, garden design software or reference books. Her favorite insect book right now is “Garden Insects of North American” written by Colorado State University entomologist Whitney Cranshaw. Any books from CAES horticulturists Michael Dirr or Alan Armitage would be good, too.
If your funds are low, give a bag of manure, compost or potting soil. Or, build your gardener a compost bin.
“Better yet,” said Christian, “offer to till their garden for them in March. That would truly be a dream gift.”
Source: University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
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