Gardening Gifts for All Occasions

There is nothing nicer than receiving a gift relating to one’s passion. If your loved one’s passion is gardening, then show your thoughtfulness by giving a gift that will be truly appreciated.
There are so many great gardening gifts that the only constraint is your own budget.

If your budget is small, go for things like gloves, knee-pads or even a shady hat. A pretty pot (or a watering-can) filled with a small bag of potting mix, a packet of bulbs, some gloves and a small trowel or other tool will be received with delight by most gardeners. There are many hand tools at hardware stores that are reasonably priced.

If you feel that is too ordinary, how about a subscription to a gardening magazine? A tiny bit more expensive perhaps, but it will give twelve full months of delight. A book on gardening is another idea, but make sure your recipient does not already have the one you choose. Books are often heavily discounted at Christmas time, so you may get a bargain.

On the other hand, a pot that contains a flowering plant is usually a welcomed gift. Be sure to choose a plant that is suited to your climate. Sometimes plants are sent from tropical to temperate zones and kept in artificial conditions in the store. These plants will not do well once taken from their environment. Shrub roses are hardy and attractive and grow in many climates. Tulips do best in the cooler climate.

If your budget is strong, a more expensive tool may be appropriate. A pull-trolley is easier to use than a wheelbarrow and, like some electric tools, is still not terribly expensive. Small electric tools such as whipper snippers can retail for as little as $20.00. Or if your friend has a hose but not a hose reel, then that would be a more useful gift that he would truly appreciate.

Automatic lawn mowers, electric cultivators, hedge trimmers and brush cutters are in the more expensive price range and you are the only one who can decide whether that is an appropriate gift. However, when the recipient realizes you have given a gift that complements his passion, expensive or not, it will certainly become the best gift
your friend has ever received.

Keep Pests From Breaking Into Your Garden And Spoiling Your Gardening Spirit !

pestsUnwanted insects in your garden are just that: unwanted. Unwanted insects may eat and destroy your crops, something shared by any farmer or home gardener. Organic gardening is a means of controlling unwanted insects naturally, without the use of dangerous pesticides. There are many ways to control garden unwanted insects naturally that are also cheap, easy and good for the earth.

Protect your organic soil and beneficial insects
While pesticides may eliminate the pest, they most often cause more harm than good. Unfortunately, many home and commercial gardeners are unaware of alternatives to pesticides. That’s because s are a big part of our culture. Reaching for a quick fix albeit a dangerous fix is a deep seeded and detrimental habit.

Yet apart from damaging the soil and being a health hazard to people including our children pesticides present a major problem. They eradicate species indiscriminately, causing helpful garden co-habitants to disappear along with the harmful ones.

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Grow Some Interesting Plants You Won’t Find At Your Local Greenhouse.

Grow Some Interesting Plants
Grow Some Interesting Plants You Won’t Find At Your Local Greenhouse.

Do you scour your seed catalogs or look at all the new varieties that have come out in your gardening magazines? You canst wait to go to your local greenhouse and purchase them for your garden or flower bed. But when you get there, you find they donít carry that variety.

Why not start them yourself?

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John O. Manry’s New Book “Simple Steps to Gardening”

John O. Manry
John O. Manry

John O. Manry, has completed his new book “Simple Steps to Gardening”: an informative and enlightening guide for anyone who seeks to cultivate a home garden. The process of cultivating a home garden is often an arduous one that involves trial-and-error to perfect the intricacies of the process. Manry saves readers the trouble of engaging in this process by sharing useful tips on soil preparation/enrichment, plant rotation, and dealing with common garden pests. The process of cultivating a variety of vegetables including peas, cabbage, corn, cauliflower, peppers, parsnip, celery, kale and many more is detailed from start to finish. The addition of a productive and successful home garden is a reachable reality with this book.

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Making Your own Compost Bin

 

Making Your own Compost Bin
Making Your own Compost Bin

If you intend to make your own compost pile, it would be nice to make an enclosure or compost bin for your convenience and general neatness. There are a number of compost bins commercially available in various garden stores. You can buy it if you have the money or you can do what I did, make your own compost bin. It’s not difficult and the materials you need are not that many. You can do it with your eyes closed, or maybe not.

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