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December 18, 2013

Tim's Tips: What to get the gardener on your list

I know that sometimes it is hard to think of gifts for some people on your shopping list. If the person on your list likes to garden, let me give you a few ideas of things you can get for him or her.

Most people who garden need small tools. I don’t know how many times people have come into the store and told me that the pruners they have don’t cut well anymore. For some reason, they will suffer through using the old pruners.

There are two types of hand pruners. The anvil pruner is designed for quick cutting of branches and stems. Bypass pruners are used to cut off stems close to the branches of plants.

Many people damage their pruners by trying to cut branches that are too large for the pruner. A pair of loping shears will handle the big branches that need to be cut.

Another item that people use or lose are trowels. Trowels are used for digging holes for planting annuals and perennials. Almost every gardener has one or more bent trowels in the cellar. A good-quality trowel is necessary for working in the garden.

Every gardener needs a good pair of gloves. Gardening gloves used to be made as “one size fits all.” That concept works as well with gloves as it would with a pair of shoes. Many gloves now come in sizes to fit the hands of individuals.

There are lightweight gloves for everyday garden chores. There are also gloves designed for handling wet leaves and wet soil. Every gardener has at least one pair of worn-out gloves. Many people have at least three pairs of gloves that consist of only the left or right hand. New gloves make a great gift.

Many people will start their own plants for their gardens. They will buy seeds and grow the plants from seed. The problem in doing this is that many people don’t have enough windows that get enough sun to grow a nice-quality plant.

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