Holiday gift idea

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The holidays are soon approaching and stores are filled with all kinds of gift ideas. But for a gardener there is nothing better received then a gardening related gift. I have a big wish list of great garden gifts that may help you select a present for your plant and wildlife lover too. The following list offers just a few suggestions:

A gift certificate from a local garden center or your favorite gardening supply catalog.

A gift certificate for a massage at a local spa for those aches and pains after a day in the garden.

A gift certificate for a hand massage and manicure.

A gift certificate for a facial at a local spa to help erase the damage the sun and dirt has done to the skin.

Gift tickets to an upcoming Flower show.

A gift certificate for a soil sample analysis (only $10.00) from your local County Extension Office.

A homemade gift certificate to weed, help plant and/or clean-up a garden area, etc. in 2010. Just be sure to do it.

A lawn chair to enjoy the flowers, trees and/or wildlife living in the landscape and backyard.

A bird feeder and bag of bird food or just a bag of bird seed.

A cook book on preparing vegetables, small fruits, herbs, or edible flowers, etc. for the family meals or a special occasion.

A seed starting kit and some seeds for the 2010 gardening season.

Any book about identifying birds, wildlife, bees, or beneficial insects; starting, growing, maintaining annuals, perennials, or native plants; starting a vegetable garden; learning more about medicinal plants, herbs, houseplants, composting, water gardening, and so on.

A compost bin (only $10.00) available at your local County extension Office.

A magazine gift certificate or subscription; if your gift recipient is into vegetable gardening ,consider Organic Gardening; herbs consider the Herb Companion; assorted gardening, try Birds and Bloom, Fine Gardening, Horticulture, Garden Railways, The American Gardener, Country Gardens, or Hobby Farm among others.

A small chicken coop and gift certificate for some chicks when spring arrives. To learn more about chicken coops or a backyard flock, contact Delaware State University’s Small Flock Specialist, Dr. Brigid McCrea at 302-857- 6432, or email bmccrea@desu.edu.

So if you haven‘t found that perfect holiday gift in your local shopping center, why not consider one of these gift ideas this year for your gardening enthusiast.

Happy holidays readers.