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  • Kent Gardener: Gifts for the gardener

  • For a gardener there is nothing better received then a gardening related gift. he following list offers just a few suggestions:
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  • For a gardener there is nothing better received then a gardening related gift. I have a big wish list of great garden gifts that may help you select a present for your plant and wildlife lover, too. The following list offers just a few suggestions:
    •A gift certificate from a local garden center or your favorite gardening supply catalog.
    • A gift certificate for a massage at a local spa for those aches and pains after a day in the garden.
    • A gift certificate for a hand massage and manicure.
    • A gift certificate for a facial at a local spa to help erase the damage the sun and dirt has done to the skin.
    • Gift tickets to an upcoming Flower show.
    • A gift certificate for a soil sample analysis (only $10) from your local County Extension Office.
    • A homemade gift certificate to weed, help plant and/or clean-up a garden area, etc. in 2013. Just be sure to do it.
    • A lawn chair to enjoy the flowers, trees and/or wildlife living in the landscape and backyard.
    • A bird feeder and bag of bird food or just a bag of bird seed.
    • A cook book on preparing vegetables, small fruits, herbs, or edible flowers, etc. for the family meals or a special occasion.
    • A seed starting kit and some seeds for the 2013 gardening season.
    • Any book about identifying birds, wildlife, bees, or beneficial insects; starting, growing, maintaining annuals, perennials, or native plants; starting a vegetable garden; learning more about medicinal plants, herbs, houseplants, composting, water gardening, and so on.
    • A compost bin (only $20) available at your local County extension Office.
    • A magazine gift certificate or subscription; if your gift recipient is into vegetable gardening, consider Organic Gardening; herbs consider the Herb Companion; assorted gardening, try Birds and Bloom, Fine Gardening, Horticulture, Garden Railways, The American Gardener, Country Gardens, or Hobby Farm among others.
    • A small chicken coop and gift certificate for some chicks when spring arrives. To learn more about chicken coops or a backyard flock, contact Delaware State University's Small Flock Specialist Dr. Brigid McCrea at (302) 857- 6432 or email bmccrea@desu.edu.
    So if you haven't found that perfect holiday gift in your local shopping center, why not consider one of these gift ideas this year for your gardening enthusiast.
    Happy holidays.

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