As our days become shorter and a little colder, you know what is coming next, so no moaning or groaning while you are in the middle of holiday shopping. Now is the time to start strategizing as we lay a fire in our fireplaces and turn up the heat in our homes. The holidays are about family and friends, and of course presents, lots of presents! To keep in the gardening holiday fun, check out the gift ideas that our staff at Goldberg & Rodler has come up with for that gardening family member or friend.
Winter is a great time for going through seed catalogs and planning your flower or vegetable garden. A gathering basket (wire bottom) or a wicker basket has a duel purpose, one, it makes an excellent container for filling with seed starting goodies, and then it becomes a harvest basket, filling it with all those vegetables and flowers that will be growing. Some of the seed starting goodies you can fill it with can be seed starting tray, bag of seed starter soil, gloves, seeds, plant markers, mister water bottle and a book on gardening or a vegetable cookbook.
If you are gathering a gift for a perennial (that’s the plant that comes back every year) gardener, fill a small red wagon, specifically useful for pulling fertilizer, tools or plants around the garden, full of planting tools. Metal plant markers with a grease marker so they can label their perennials, pruners, sheep shears, a small digging shovel, gloves, a garden kneeler, butterfly house, a lightweight hose, gardening clogs or boots, and a great perennial gardening book, are some of the things every gardener could use.
For that organic gardener, what better container to fill up with presents but a rain barrel or composter! Organic gardening books, certified organic seeds, a bee skep, mushroom growing kit, birdhouse and/or a bat house are some of the presents to fill that container. There is also the indoor composter that sits on your kitchen counter, so in winter you can still add to the organic garden. The folding seat that is a tool bag is also very useful too.
Some of the lightweight gifts can also be a gift certificate from Goldberg & Rodler for us to come to your home and walk with you around your garden(s), consulting about what should and could be done.
Written by Mary Catherine Schaefer Gutmann