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If you have a gardener on your gift list, take a look at some products that have been tested and received the seal of approval by a long time gardener.

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  • 2. by Jean Starr*Where possible, I have included links to retail sources for products featured.Unless otherwise noted, products were given to me as a trial.
  • 3. I love this book! Not only does it have great photos, but authors Jere and Emilee Gettle offer interesting history about our favorite veggies along with tips on how to grow and cook them. The Gettles are founders of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. A great example are the instructions on cleaning a leek. Remember the first time you used a leek for a recipe? It seemed the entire vegetable was filled with dirt! Not only do the Gettles tell why this is, they tell you how to clean it, and which is the tastiest part! I attended a presentation by Jere Gettle in Chicago. He spoke about genetically-altered food, specifically vegetables. Until I heard him speak, the topic seemed way to complicated to understand. Jere Gettle lives and breathes vegetables from their historic origins to their growth and uses around the world. The Heirloom Life Gardener is a compilation of what Gettle has gleaned so far in his travels and experience. And thats quite a lot!
  • 4. I dont think there is a gardener around who hasnt given a thought about or even a try at forcing bulbs. Especially those in cold climates. Author Art Wolks talent for explaining complex topics in an easily-understood manner is obvious in this book. Bulb Forcing for Beginners and the Seriously Smitten is a joy to peruse, and I guarantee has a 90 percent likelihood it will force a gardener on the fence into the world of bulb forcing. And with his experience as a bulb exhibitor at the Philadelphia Flower Show, Wolk gives readers a level to strive for. Great photos, informative and humorous anecdotes and priceless instruction are all included in this book. Chapter 22 itself is worth the price of the book for its step by step guide to a gorgeous mixed garden that makes it look like anyone can do it! If you can get your hands on a dozen or so spring bulbs to present along with this book, your favorite gardener will be saying thank you for months to
  • 5. Garden Girl Gardening Gloves Ethel Gloves - RendezvousThese gloves are both attractive and The Ethel Glove is substantial yetcomfortable; they actually feel pliable. If you like a fitted glove, thesegreat on my hands! are for you. If you like a roomier fit, order a size larger than youd normally wear.
  • 6. Ray Padula Hose Nozzles Im tough on my hoses and their nozzles. Theyre dropped and dragged, and our well water takes its toll on the inner workings of anything it touches through the season. I bought the Ray Padula nozzle from Chesterton Feed & Garden early in the season. It was inexpensive, and it held up to my torture all summer. I love that its easy to turn on and off, and has lots of spray patterns, including a mist pattern thats perfect for seed
  • 7. ScareCrowMotion-activated Animal Deterrent The ScareCrow Motion-activated Animal Deterrent is great if you have plants you want to protect and say, a groundhog, deer, or squirrels that want to mess with them. This tool is expensive at just under $100, but worth the price if you consider how much time and effort you put into your garden. I put mine near the vegetable garden with a shut-off valve that I would flip when I wanted to garden in the area. The battery lasted nearly the entire season, and I had a bumper crop of tomatoes, potatoes and peppers!
  • 8. Nutscene Twine I purchased the Nutscene twine with terra cotta holder several years ago from Bosmere, which no longer carries the holder or the twine. Since then, Ive purchased the twine in a can as well as refills I can put into the holder where its mounted handily outdoors under the patio roof. From Farm to Market Shovel and Hoe
  • 9. The VegTrug I love my VegTrug! Although I consider this my trial season, I can see it will be useful for years to come. I used it to start seeds in late March, which is when I also planted a row of beets in the center where the planter is deepest. I purchased the greenhouse and the screen covers with the frame so that I could discourage the cat and the deer from using and eating from it in the summer and help keep the frost away in late fall. In late November, I still have parsley and beets still looking
  • 10. Rainforest SprinklersGentle, far-reaching, and economical whats not to love about Rainforest Sprinklers?I have a lot of gardens to cover and a lot of sprinklers Ive used beat them up pretty badly. I like thatthis style does not, and I especially like that they are manufactured in North America out of 100%recycled materials.
  • 11. Silky Zubat 270 Cuts like butter. Really. This is the perfect saw for those with limited strength. There is seldom need for undercutting, especially when pruning branches less than 5 in diameter. Its well-made with an excellent feel. Its not inexpensive, but youll find its value every time you go to cut a branch or even saplings that might have gotten out of hand. I purchased the Silky Zubat 270 at Taltree Arboretum & Gardens.
  • 12. Carruth StudiosIve been collectingCarruth designs forseveral years. Of course,I especially like theircanine sculptures.
  • 13. This great series, by LauraBaldwin, injects the fun into eating vegetables. The title character is Harry, an exuberant little terrier-like dog that loves his veggies (except for turnips at first inthe latest book.) and spreads the word to all the kids around him. The bookencourages kids to garden, or at least shows them where their veggies come from. These books are great for children, but I must say, I liked it too! Carolina Today Video interview