Gardening: Holiday gift ideas for the gardener – Yahoo News

Ready to shop? Every time I turn on the radio or open a newspaper, there are articles about supply-chain issues. Even the reliable old U.S. Postal Service is saying that deliveries may well be delayed. So share some garden produce this year or shop at a local, family-owned business when you can.

Gardening books make great presents.

Food is a great gift. You don’t need fancy fruit shipped from Oregon if you made plenty of tomato sauce or quince jelly this year. Share the harvest. A quart of dried cherry tomatoes contains a lot of love and work. You had to grow, harvest, wash and dehydrate. Only people dear to my heart will rate such a gift.

My dream gift? A friend, loved one or reader sending me a nice card, along with a homemade certificate for four hours of weeding in my garden. Or two hours. Working in the garden with a friend or relative can be a great way to st…….

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Ready to shop? Every time I turn on the radio or open a newspaper, there are articles about supply-chain issues. Even the reliable old U.S. Postal Service is saying that deliveries may well be delayed. So share some garden produce this year or shop at a local, family-owned business when you can.

Gardening books make great presents.

Food is a great gift. You don’t need fancy fruit shipped from Oregon if you made plenty of tomato sauce or quince jelly this year. Share the harvest. A quart of dried cherry tomatoes contains a lot of love and work. You had to grow, harvest, wash and dehydrate. Only people dear to my heart will rate such a gift.

My dream gift? A friend, loved one or reader sending me a nice card, along with a homemade certificate for four hours of weeding in my garden. Or two hours. Working in the garden with a friend or relative can be a great way to strengthen a friendship. Politics don’t matter in the garden. I might suspect my brother-in-law didn’t vote the way I did in the last election. But if he brings his chain saw and helps me take down and cut up a 12-inch-diameter boxelder I want removed, send me the gift certificate!

Books are great gifts, and books printed in the United States should be readily available at your local bookstore. My first choice for a book to give is Doug Tallamy’s “Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard.” It explains how what we plant affects the planet, especially our pollinators and birds. And all of us, really.

I’ve reprinted my last gardening book and will be selling it at a discount. It’s a collection of my best articles organized around the calendar year. It’s titled “Organic Gardening (not just) in the Northeast: A Hands-On, Month-by-Month Guide.” Signed and mailed to you for just $19. Send a check to Henry Homeyer, PO Box 364, Cornish Flat, NH 03746. I will try to figure out how to reduce the price on my website, www.Gardening-Guy.com, where it is currently for sale at $21, if you want to use PayPal.

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“Essential Native Trees and Shrubs for the Eastern United States,” by Tony Dove and Ginger Woolridge, is a great companion for Doug Tallamy’s book. Michael Dirr has written lots of great tree books. He is informative and opinionated. Allan Armitage is just as opinionated and thorough about flowers as Dirr is about trees. Or get a gift certificate and let your gardener pick their own books at the local bookstore.

Garlic clips work well in keeping deer from nibbling your plants.

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