(Family Features) If you've got a gardener on your holiday shopping list, but you can't tell a peony from a petunia, don't fret. This handy gift guide will let you pick out a gift that will make any home horticulturalist happy.
Happy Hands -There are different types of gloves for different types of garden tasks:
- General use: For planting, potting and cleanup. These Classic Gloves from West County Gardener (www.westcountygardener.com) have a tall cuff to protect the forearm, and a lightly padded palm with silicon dots for extra grip. Adjustable wrist tabs help keep out dirt. The Vegan gardening glove from Pallina (www.thepallina.com), is treated with Teflon to repel dirt and water, has LiquiCell thumb and fingers to help prevent blisters, a terry-cloth wrist that can be used as a brow wipe, and a grommet and carabiner to attach to clothing.
- Rose gloves: Taking care of roses - or any thorny plant - can be painful. The Rose Gloves, also from West County Gardener, are lightweight, yet durable. Their elbow-length gauntlets protect against thorns and brambles and slip easily over long sleeves. They also have padded palms and reinforced finger pads. All West County Gardener gloves are made with fabric that comes from recycled water bottles.
- Pruning gloves: The Pruning Sleeve, from Pallina, covers the wrist and forearm while leaving fingers free. It's fully lined and made of rugged material to help protect against brambles and brush.
Garden Helpers - There's a lot of hard work involved in gardening. Make it easier on the gardener in your life with one of these practical gifts:
- Rugged Tubs - Transport plants, carry leaves and weeds, mix soils and more with an 11-gallon Colorful Tubtrug from Plow & Hearth (www.plowhearth.com). Washable, flexible and heavy-duty, they'll make just about any garden job easier. They come in nine different colors. The Fiskars 9424 Garden Bucket Caddy, available at www.amazon.com, is a sturdy canvas caddy that fits on a 5-gallon bucket. It has deep pockets for hand tools, as well as holders for seed packets, a beverage and even a cell phone.
- Yard Carts -Top of FormCompare The Narrow Barrow Khaki 5 Cu. Ft. Lightweight Folding Wheelbarrow (www.lowes.com) has a 250 pound capacity, yet folds up to just nine inches wide for easy storage. The dumping Gorilla Cart (www.sears.com), has a 600-pound capacity for hauling, and a 2-in-1 handle that quickly converts to let the cart be pulled by hand or behind a lawn tractor. It cleans easily and won't rust.
Wildlife Aids - Attracting wildlife to the garden isn't just fun, it's beneficial. Here are some ways to help out:
- Birdbaths - Hang a pretty butterfly birdbath (available at PetCo) from a tree branch or shepherd's hook. For cold weather months, keep birds and other critters healthy and happy with a Bottom of FormGround Heated Birdbath from www.gardeners.com. The plug-in steel birdbath heats only when necessary and keeps water from freezing, even in temperatures as low as -10°F.
- Bird Seed - Give birds some much needed nourishment with Birdseed Eggs from www.gardeners.com. They come in a real egg carton and are made of white millet, red millet, black canola and mixed seed. Or give a charming Edible Birdhouse from www.whiteflowerfarm.com. The wooden house is coated with premium seeds and has a 1 1/2-inch opening to offer protection for birds.
And for those long stretches of winter when no gardening can be done, your garden lover can play a game of Garden-opoly, from www.lateforthesky.com. Players have to avoid aphid infestation and drought, buy garden favorites and trade for greenhouses, and more.