A Gardener's Christmas List
Adams County Master Gardener
Many of us gardeners use the cold winter months to dream and plan a bout our
gardens next summer. Since this is not the season to be planting and active in
the garden, sometimes our family and friends forget that there are gifts we would
love to receive. If you have a gardener on your Christmas list, ask for hints. Most
of us will happily give some "not so subtle" hints, like leaving the nursery catalog
open with the beautiful rose or shrub or perennial circled in bright blue! So here
are a few "hints," in case your gardener friend or family member is shy.
Tools: Does the person you are shopping for have by-pass clippers? They
are preferred over the type that clamp together, sometimes bruising the
stem you are cutting. Any kind of tool is always appreciated. I have a
dandelion digger - a long skinny forked metal blade on a handle. It gets
lots of use. Another great tool is a lawn rake where the tines collapse to
make a very narrow rake; you can get in between your plants with one of
Garden Decorations: How about a sun-dial or other garden ornament? If
you are thinking bigger, maybe the gardener would like a trellis, bird-
house, bird bath, some comfortable lawn furniture, or even a water
Cozy Necessities: Do you own some good garden gloves? If you do any
rough work like pruning roses, you may want some with a heavy cuff that
goes almost to the elbow. Personally I have an ambition to have some of
those garden shoes that slip on easily and you can just hose them off.
Many of us like those foam kneeling pads or knee pads; they make the
gardening hours much more comfortable.
A Truck: Not a real truck, but one of those light weight 2-wheel jobs, that
are so much easier to pull or push than a wheel-barrow. Our wheel-barrow
is so heavy and hard to push that I can hardly move it when it is empty,
but the garden truck that my husband fixed up for me is very easy to use.
It has a bar handle