Anita Morton - Growing Gardens

Santas Little Helper

December goes by so quickly, and finding presents for everyone can be difficult, so here are a few gift suggestions for garden-lovers.

How about a subscription to the Diggers Club? New members get to choose several packets of free seeds, and there are bonuses for longer subscription periods. Diggers send out enjoyable catalogues several times each year and offer member discounts.

Department stores offer useful and cheap gardening items such as brightly-coloured, flexible free-standing plastic tubs with handles, ideal for weeding or moving mulch. You will also find useful tools such as secateurs, transplanting trowels etc theres bound to be something to suit the budget, but try to ensure that your gardening friend actually needs the item.

Hanging baskets, pre-planted with advanced seedlings, make a delightful gift, as are herb troughs for the kitchen windowsill. A bay tree in a nice pot is another thoughtful gift for one who enjoys cooking.

Gardening books will generally be welcome. If you choose it yourself, make sure that your friend doesnt already have that title in their gardening library. If you cant be sure, a book voucher is a safer choice.

If you like the idea of a large-size present, nothing says Merry Christmas like a huge pile of mulch, topsoil or compost. Be sure to write in the gift card a promise to help distribute the pile! An excellent gift for older or less physically able friends is a little home-made booklet of vouchers redeemable for such things as an hours weeding, lawn-mowing or pruning.

And finally, why not give on your friends behalf a gardening gift to those less fortunate. Organisations such as Care Australia have many options for gifts that provide garden tools, seeds, fertilisers, or clean water to disadvantaged people overseas. You can be sure that this type of gift will be much appreciated.


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