A gardener’s real wish for the holidays is for spring to just hurry up and get here. But if family and friends can’t move the calendar for us, we’d prefer receiving a down-to-earth gardening gift instead of a shiny bauble or fuzzy sweater.
It’s Cyber Monday and the Internet is buzzing with online shoppers trying to cash in on early-season bargains. Instead of shopping the traditional sites, here are a few gift ideas for the gardener in your life:
All the hip birds in your neighborhood will want to settle down in one of these stylish birdhouses (see photos at right). And who could blame them? These modern bird homes are carefully constructed with recycled, reclaimed and repurposed materials for special features like teak roofs and rugged rope hangers. Hang these impressive birdhouses where all the cool birds can see them.
Manure tea bags are the perfect soil conditioner for gardeners wanting to use organic products in their garden (both indoors and outside). These tea bags are odor-free, easy to use, and produce beautiful results. Place your order before December 1 and get two bags free by mentioning you’re a WesternGardeners.com reader. Free shipping, too!
These are tough gloves with a Nitrile coating on the fingers and palms, but a nylon knit that makes them lightweight and breathable. They’re also the first pair of gardening gloves that I’ve had last an entire gardening season. Lisa Ziegler, a cut-flower farmer in Virginia, offers these great gloves with free shipping for WesternGardeners.com readers.
Subscription to Zone 4 Magazine
A subscription to Zone 4 is a terrific present for any gardener living in the high country West. Each issue of this quarterly, glossy mag is filled with articles to help gardeners grow in some of the toughest places in the country. Zone 4 offers expert advice on how to be a successful gardener in the short, dry growing seasons of Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming.
Our friends at Botanical Interests have a holiday gift idea to match to any gardeners’ interests. There’s a gift set that features the book on Wicked Plants, holiday stocking collections, and themed seed collections in gift boxes. Look for the Bee Happy collection, Butterfly Banquet collection, Cat Lovers collection, and the Herbal Remedy gift bag–just to name a few.
Help support this worthwhile project dedicated to preserving pollinator species and ecology education by purchasing a beautiful bee calendar. Order by November 30 to receive in time for holiday delivery.
Features close-up photos by Rollin Coville, this 9″ x 12″ calendar highlights twelve commonly encountered pollinators. Each month introduces you to a different bee genus, with a gorgeous full-page pin-up photo accompanied by notes on preferred plants, nesting needs, and guidance on how to identify the genus – and of course, a complete day-by-day calendar for each month.
Proceeds from this gorgeous and inspiring calendar benefit The Great Sunflower Project and the Xerces Society – organizations dedicated to the preservation of pollinator species and ecology education. $15 includes shipping.