Can you believe it’s just 15 days until Christmas? I hope you have started your shopping. For those who haven’t, perhaps I can help out a bit. We all have people in our lives that can be hard to buy for. Perhaps if your uncle who owns two of everything already, or your neighbor who has eclectic tastes. I can’t guarantee that I can help with them, but I can help with what to get for the gardeners in your life with this gift guide for gardeners.
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Let’s start with an obvious gift, seeds. It’s amazing what a gardener can do with a packet of seeds. They can feed their family or beautify their front yard. There are hundreds of varieties of seeds to choose from. Perhaps they have been wanting to try growing a new flower or vegetable. Now is the chance for them to do that! Buy them a packet of those seeds and come spring they will be ready to go. Now, seeds can be a bit hard to find during the winter, especially in the more Northern climates, but if you are lucky, you might be able to find some. If push comes to shove, you can give them a picture of the seeds you plan to buy them once they are available.
Though gardening doesn’t take a lot of tools, there are a few essentials for it. There is a chance the gardener in your life already owns most of them. But are they in good shape? Have you heard them mention that they could really use a certain tool? What better gift to give them than that. Be it a spade, garden fork or pruners, there is likely something that they need for their gardening chores. Alternatively, a garden hand tool set is a great all-around gift, especially for those just starting out.
A gardener is always looking to expand their knowledge of plants. This is why gardening books can be a great gift idea. They can provide plenty of information, covering planting depths, harvest times and more. The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible is a great source of information. If they are looking for something to go beyond simply gardening, then The Backyard Homestead may be a good choice.
Much like seeds, they are the cornerstone of every garden. However, they may be hard to come by this time of year. IF you are lucky, there may be a few indoor plants available. Indoor plants are a great gift, especially for Northern gardeners who can’t garden during the cold months but still have that green thumb need to grow. Getting them an indoor plant or two would be a great way to allow them to garden year round. Nothing makes a gardener happier than seeing lush green plants thriving.
Watering a garden is a constant chore, especially if you live in a drier area. A rain barrel can be a great gift, just make sure that they are allowed in your area. These barrels range in size and price, but they are so handy to have. One or two good rainfalls and the barrel will be full, providing plenty of water for a garden, and any gardener will tell you, that rainwater is far better than tap water for growing a garden.
Some gardeners love gloves, and others only use them when absolutely needed. No matter which type of gardener you have in your life, a pair of gardeners gloves can be really helpful. They come in a wide variety of colors and styles, so you are sure to find something that would suit them.
This isn’t the type of gift that can be wrapped, but one that most gardeners appreciate, and that is offering to help in the garden. Now, admittedly some gardeners are hestitant to allow others to help – I know I am because I want my garden just so. However, don’t let that deter you from offering your help. It may be just what they need.