Compost and Worm Bins
Just like a woodworker, gardeners value good tools. If they are trying to reduce their use of chemicals, they are probably using their tools more often rather than relying on chemicals. You might want to do some sleuthing to discover which tools are on their “must have” list. One tool I almost always grab when I go out the door is a gardener’s multitool, even if I plan to look walk around the garden. It is an easy tool to stash in your pocket in case you see something you want to cut or dig up. I have linked to a specific multitool on Amazon above but they are widely available. I bought mine at a discount store.
Gift Card From Their Favorite Garden or Farm Store
A Date to Help Make a Rain Garden
Here’s a gardener’s gift that you can put off until warmer weather. Rain gardens help homeowners retain stormwater runoff on their property rather than releasing nutrients and chemicals into nearby lakes, rivers, and streams. Rain gardens absorb excess nutrients and retain sediments that would normally be washed into the drainage system. An internet search will provide plans for constructing rain gardens in areas similar to yours. Clemson University has a nice rain garden construction brochure (PDF file) that includes construction factors and planting considerations. Look for plans appropriate to your region to make sure you will be selecting the right plants for your rain garden or contact your local Cooperative Extension Service.
Documents From the Local Cooperative Extension Service
While we are talking about the Cooperative Extension Service, the local cooperative extension service has a wealth of information for home and garden that you could package into a gift. Has she been talking about starting a compost pile or a rain garden? Does she want to find different ways to control pests? Package up a few pamphlets to get her started. Most have pamphlets on a wide variety of subjects that you can download or pick up from your local office. Usually these materials are free or lost cost and they are geared toward your region. You can locate your local or regional Cooperative Extension Service office from the USDA Cooperative Extension Service web site.
- – Sydney Harper, 2009