Joe White: Christmas gifts for gardeners

Joe White: Christmas gifts for gardeners

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Although there are only a few days left until Christmas, I bet there are still a few presents to buy. Maybe not buying a gift for that particular person is because you have no idea what they would like, or maybe you’re out of ideas. Either way, I thought a few examples of suitable Christmas gifts would be appreciated and maybe stimulate your thinking about another gift you could buy for this person. Here are some gift ideas to consider:

Joe White is a retired horticulturalist.
  • Gift certificate for a plant: If it is a plant for the landscape, recommend a plant that would survive and do well in our part of the country. If it is for indoor use, suggest a plant that can tolerate low levels of light and if it is for someone who is not used to taking care of live plants, give an artificial one. quality.
  • Garden stool: Working on your hands and knees becomes more difficult with age. In fact, however, a person of any age would appreciate this gift.
  • Work gloves: These are designed for both women and men and are especially popular when working with plants that have thorns. Leather is better!
  • Cap, hat or beanie: it is not a good idea to work in the sun for long periods without protecting your head
  • Garden hand tools: Garden trowels, hoes, bulb planters. rakes and shovels are just about basic tools that any gardener needs. Choose rustproof aluminum trowels if available
  • Power Tools and Garden Equipment: Hedge trimmers, tillers, leaf blowers, lawn mowers, and brush chippers are more expensive, but it would be good to add some or all of these to the inventory of a gardener’s tools.
  • Pruning Equipment: Hand pruners are great for light work on small twigs and branches, but lopping shears are needed when branches are an inch or more in diameter and pruning saws are required. necessary for the “big stuff”
  • Cooler and Thermos Bottle for Drinks: Even on the coolest days of winter, heavy physical work can lead to dehydration in our body, which can be dangerous for our health.
  • Gardening diary to keep records: More of us are required to keep records of our gardening activities, such as planting dates, pesticide use, irrigation information, and varieties of vegetables. are superior.
  • Decorative pots and hanging baskets: Hard to go wrong here. Most people are happy with these items if they are really appealing.
  • Buckets: Buckets with airtight lids are excellent for storing granular fertilizers and pesticides that absorb moisture in the open. If that doesn’t spoil these products, it makes them difficult to use.
  • Labels, waterproof marking pencils: Information lost due to moisture destroying the mark of a pen or pencil on a jar, board, plastic container, etc. can be important in planning a vegetable garden or flower bed.

The above are just a few gift ideas that might be suitable for your neighbor, friend, or relative. I’m sure you have plenty more and probably even better. And have a wonderful and happy holiday season.

Joe White is a retired LSU Ag Center horticulturist.

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