By Kim Lenaghan
7 Dec '01
may not be the best season for the garden, but
it is the season of giving, so what do you give
Well for one thing, if you don't fancy braving
the elements with a visit to your local garden
centre you could always try shopping online.
the sublime to the ridiculous, there are gadgets
and gifts galore for every kind of gardening
interest and at every end of the price range.
Here are just a few ideas.
the gardener who isn't afraid of a bit of hard
graft what about some big, heavy duty equipment
- sort of boys and toys stuff?
It may not be sexy, but there's many a lad would
be delighted to get a garden multi-vac, a high-power
shredder or a state of the art Fort Cosmo wheelbarrow.
some of the ladies, fantasy gardening might
be more the ticket. Floating through a cottage
garden with a new set of secateurs in your hand
and a willow carrier basket, or a French trug,
draped casually over your arm.
reality, digging in the good earth takes its
toll on your hands and knees so what about a
pair of gardening gloves or some kneelers?
These range greatly in price and quality, so
remember a super deluxe pair means you really
care whilst an economy rubber set proves it's
the thought that counts.
those who prefer to work bare-handed, what about
a gardener's handcare set - a trio of eucalyptus
barrier cream, tea tree cleanser and lavender
moisturiser or, after a long day handling thorny
situations, what about some soothing hand therapy
cream made from shea butter and extracts of
yarrow, clover and calendula?
you want to cut a dash while you're cutting
the lawn you can do it in everything from baseball
caps that acknowledge your status as 'Head Gardener'
to silk ties printed with gardening motifs,
watering can cuff-links and 'I Dig It' t-shirts.
are not, in general, afraid of things that creep,
crawl or slither, so what about opening a Can
O' Worms - literally. Environmentally-friendly,
a wormery provides first class compost and whilst
worms are not supplied if you thoughtfully want
to add some don't forget to also add a few air
you're buying for more the 'Gnomes and Gardens'
type what about a paint-your-own-gnome kit,
or if you really believe that from small seeds
great trees do grow, order a Giant Sequoia can
and grow your own 200 ft tree from a container
the size of a baked beans tin.
there are gifts for the reluctant gardener like
A Natural Herbal Cure For The Fear of Gardening.
This sachet of herbs promises to rectify any
unwillingness to dig, mow, weed and water and
to encourage the removal of clutter and debris
from the garden. This could be the best £2.99
you'll ever spend!
if all else fails just present them with a gift
of flowers, plants, seeds or shrubs. After all,
where would we gardeners be without them?
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