Gardening With Laurie: Many great gifts available for the gardener on your list

Dec. 6, 2010 at 6:06 a.m.
Updated Dec. 9, 2010 at 6:09 a.m.

By Laurie Garretson

Here we are, right smack dab in the middle of holiday shopping season. Do you have your Christmas shopping finished? Are you one of those organized people who has all your presents bought and wrapped by Halloween? Or are you one of those shoppers who heads out around five o'clock on Christmas Eve and has it all done in an hour or less?

For any of you that have gardeners on your list, today I'd like to make some gift suggestions. I find gardeners to be some of the easiest people on my list to buy for. Today, the market is loaded with garden-related items. You'll find all sorts of gardening gift options.

First, I'll start with the more practical gift items. What could be more practical than giving someone a bag or bottle of your favorite organic fertilizer? If the gift goes to someone who still gardens with chemicals, this would be a great opportunity to make gardening a more healthy habit for them. An organic gift basket could make a great gift. You could put in good pair of pruners, seed packets, garden gloves, hand cream or soap and maybe a book on organic gardening.

Rubber boots have become very fashionable this year. These could make fun gifts. They come in all sorts of colors and styles and could come in very handy on a cold rainy day.

Gardeners always have something to haul, so how about a garden cart? Carts with four wheels are so much more practical for gardeners than wheel barrows.

Also, a good watering can would be utilized by most any gardener, especially for someone who lives in an apartment and has lots of container plants. Another good gift idea for apartment gardeners, as well as anyone else with house plants, is a coil hose that they could hook up to their kitchen sink.

Another couple of gift items that are very useful for working in the garden are knee pads and tool buckets. Jolly Kneeler makes a super knee pad that makes planting and weeding much easier on the knees. I've also seen a garden kneeler that has side handles. Handles can really help getting down on the knee rest and back up again. This would be great for older gardeners.

Usually, when you garden, you use tools of some sort. Having them all together makes the job much nicer. There are ready made gardening bags and buckets specific for gardening that you can buy. Or for much less money, you could make one. Stop in at a local hardware stores and buy an empty five-gallon paint bucket. You could decorate it if you like, and then fill it with tools you think the gardener might need or use. If you want to make it real easy, just add a gift card from a garden shop to the empty bucket and let the gardener get whatever they'd like.

How about some type of hat for that gardener? Garden hats with large brims are always useful for anyone who works outdoors. For the gardener who enjoys reading, you will find a large selection of books on all kinds of garden related topics. Try to find books written by local authors or at least authors from the same state.

Last, but definitely not least, you might just consider a potted Christmas cactus or poinsettia. Happy shopping!

Until next time, let's try to garden with nature, not against it, and maybe all our weeds will become wildflowers.

Laurie Garretson is a Victoria gardener and nursery owner. Send your gardening questions to or in care of the Advocate, P.O. Box 1518, Victoria, TX 77902.



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