Winter time is for ideas, planning and preparing for the Spring if you are a gardener. If you live in the upper half of the U.S. like I do the winter is not an ideal time to be outside prepping for the Spring. Here we get rain, rain and more rain and then sometimes snow is thrown into the mix. These rainy blustery days are when we get most of our indoor projects done but there is also time to think about how the garden and yard can change once Spring gets here.
I have put together a gift guide for the gardener in your life who will surely appreciate that you have geared them up for Spring and Summer.
You can never have too many gloves, at least in my opinion. If you are like me I seem to grab a different pair each time I go out to weed, prune or plant. I personally have these gloves and love the fun colors and that they don’t feel bulky.
There is nothing worse than going out to trim a bush or a branch off a tree and find that your shears suck. There are cheap shears out there and there are quality shears. Your choice will depend on what you are doing and how often you will be using them.
I love to read, especially when the weather outside is cold, rainy, snowy, or blustery. One of my favorite gardening books is Back in the Garden with Dulcy by Dulcy Mahar and Ted Mahar. Dulcy used to be a columnist at our local newspaper, The Oregonian and she wrote a weekly gardening column that I came to love. Sadly, Dulcy passed away in 2011 from ovarian cancer and her husband turned her most popular columns into a book.
A follow-up book was compiled in 2014 called Through the Seasons with Dulcy that includes pictures and more of her beloved columns. One or both of these books would make a great gift for any gardener.
Fused Glass Flower Stake
Yard decor may not be a favorite of all gardeners but I personally love a little bit of whimsy and color no matter the season. I like to break up the scenery with an inanimate object now and again. This metal hen and chick are so cute and will stand up to the elements since they already have a patina to them! And that fused glass flower stake adds awesome color even when your garden is dormant.
Gardening Kneeling Pad
In my opinion, this is essential for any gardener. Not only does this help keep your knees from aching after a long day of gardening but it also keeps your knees dry if and when the ground is damp or wet.
There are many other ideas that could be included for any gardener. You can find some seed sources in my post Flower Bulbs in Fall.
Let me know what items you find essential for gardening!