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Gardening Carts And Gardening Gifts

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

If you know someone who loves to garden, be it a vegetable or flower garden, then you know that no matter how small the garden there is a lot of hauling and heavy lifting involved in this particular hobby. Such things as shrubs, plants, mulch and even top soil needs to transferred to the garden from time to time and unless one has a gardening cart, this can be heavy and exhausting work. Perhaps that is why gardening carts make such helpful gifts for those people who love working with plants.

People who like to garden are the easiest people to buy presents for. These people put a lot of time and effort into their gardens and feel such pride in their accomplishment that you just want to give them something that will contribute to their hobby. Luckily, that is easy since there are so many gardening gifts to choose from. No matter what your income level you can purchase one or two gardening gifts that are sure to please the gardener in your life. You can choose everything from a few packets of seeds, to gloves, to watering cans and other tools to the some really large items such as gardening carts and mulch boxes.

Know Someone Who is Just Starting To Garden?

With today’s prices more and more people are starting their own vegetable gardens. While in the long run this will result in big savings on grocery bills, the initial cost of starting a food garden can seem overwhelming to someone on a limited budget. Helping that person get a start is a very caring way to present them with a gift. Why not get a few family members and friends together and present them with a few gardening gifts they can really use?

Start with a gardening cart and fill the inside with some essentials your friend or relative will need to get started. Some great fillers for your cart could be a couple of books on how to grow vegetables, several seed packets, gardening gloves, a kneeling pad for weeding, a watering can or hose and a few simple tools you know will prove useful. Your garden center can help you to choose just the right tools. Imagine their surprise when you present them with this wonderful gift. In return they just might share the bounty of their first garden with you.

Gifts for the Flower Gardener

When choosing gifts for the flower gardener you can purchase a small gardening cart and fill it with garden statutes, seeds or flowering plants you know they will enjoy and other little things that will make their garden bright and cheerful. Even a small bird bath would be a wonderful addition.

Even if you don’t garden yourself there is a certain satisfaction in giving someone wonderful gardening gifts and then watching their garden thrive. Perhaps it is knowing that you have given a present that the person truly appreciates and can use to enhance their life and enjoyment of their hobby. 😉

Garden Cart Filled With Gardening Gifts

Garden Cart Filled With Gardening Gifts

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Garden Windmills Are Great Gardening Gifts

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

If you have a gardener in your life, you know just how seriously some people take this fun and productive hobby. From late winter all the way through fall, the focus is on planting, growing and harvesting. Luckily, this makes choosing a gift for any occasion fairly easy. Anytime you need to purchase a gift for the gardener in your life, you can select something that will help them in their craft. However, if you have given a lot of these gifts, you may be unsure of what gardening gifts to look at next. A garden windmill is a great idea. It’s a beautiful addition to any garden and one that your gardening friend probably doesn’t already have their eye on. There are several options to select from, in various prices ranges.

Decorative or Functional?

The first thing that you need to determine when you look at a garden windmill is whether or not the recipient will want to attach it to a fully functioning water system, or whether they prefer a garden windmill for decorative effect only. This will point you in the right direction when choosing your gardening gifts.

Decorative windmills come in all sizes. Some are quite small and can be placed among foliage for a decorative effect. Others are more life-sized and will simulate a functioning garden windmill, but without any of the accompanying hardware. When it comes to decorative windmills, the price will largely depend on the size of the windmill and the features. For example, if you choose a windmill with an attached planter box, that may add to the overall cost. Depending on your climate, you may want to look at both wood and coated metal models. Each will have pros and cons and be ideal for different weather conditions. Decorative windmills should sell for around $50-$100, making them fantastic gardening gifts.

Functional windmills are in their own category. While looks are still important, the most crucial feature will be their ability to either draw water or generate power, depending on what the particular needs are of your gardening friend. If you are intending to purchase a fully functioning windmill, keep in mind that these can be very expensive, running well into the several thousand dollar range. However, as gardening gifts, they are great for a group of people who want to contribute to the gift pool. Functional windmills save both water and electricity, as well as making the gardening area look fabulous.

Design and Form

Adding a garden windmill to a landscape gives it a nice central focus. Your gardening friend should use this to their advantage when accepting these great gardening gifts. A central planting directly around the windmill can work well. It’s also a good idea to create counterpoints that will provide balance to the landscape, drawing the eye smoothly around the garden area. If you don’t feel like you can provide this expertise along with your gift, include literature or resources that can help them integrate the windmill when it is presented as a gift.

Gardening is a fantastic hobby that feeds the soul of many people each spring and summer. Whether your friend favors vegetable or flower gardening, a garden windmill can be the perfect choice when gardening gifts are needed. Decorative options are very affordable and perfect to improve the look of any garden. 😉

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How to Choose a Garden Arbor

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Have you been wondering how to choose a garden arbor? While it is true that arbors located in the garden are among the most versatile and beautiful of all garden structures, the choices are immense. This makes it exceptionally challenging to determine which garden arbor will be most appropriate for the garden area of your lawn. When choosing such a structure, it is important to decide on the overall design scheme of your lawn and garden area. It is also important to understand that there are several styles that will fit the theme of your garden area.

While the garden arbor is highly functional, there are three basic types. There is what is referred to as an “Entry”, and one that is called a “Destination”. In addition to this, there are arbors that are called a “Focal Point”. In order to choose the best for your garden, it is important to understand the basic functionality of each type that is on the market today. Listed below you will find the description of each type:

* Entry – The entry garden arbor is used as an entrance point into your lawn or into areas surrounding your lawn. This type acts a door to the next place in your design scheme that you want others to enter. It has a high level of decorative appeal.

* Destination – Typically, if you use arbors in your yard and garden design, there will be a final destination that you want to reach. This is where this type of structure fits in. Many individuals will place a bench, a seating arrangement, or even a swing onto this type of arbor.

* Focal Point – This type of arbor is placed in the area that you want to focus on or want your guests to focus on. It is often a highly decorative piece of outdoor lawn furniture that naturally attracts individuals due to its high level of appeal.

When choosing a garden arbor, it is important to understand that there are two basic styles when it comes to overall design. You may choose from a formal unit or an informal unit. When shopping for your arbor, you will likely find that most of the units on the market today are designed in a formal style. This is mostly due to the fact that the structures are supposed to add a high level of beautification to the garden area of the home. The only down fall is that the choices that you have as far as materials and colors are often quite limited in formal arbors. If you want to have a large selection of colors, material types, and styles, you will likely benefit from choosing informal arbors.

If you are interested in learning how to choose a garden arbor, it is important to have a good working knowledge on the materials that these outdoor decorative items are composed of. In most instances, you will find arbors that are constructed using wood. There are arbors that are made of metal too. Many individuals enjoy having an arbor that is lightweight so that it can be moved easily from one location to another. If you want this level of flexibility, you may benefit from choosing among garden arbors that are constructed of plastic. If you know what options and features are part of arbors, you will be able to choose one that is right for you. 😉

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Garden Sheds – A Big Gardening Gift To Yourself

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Garden sheds are great tools for anyone that enjoys working in their garden or doing outside work. These sheds can have many different purposes. These sheds can be very attractive additions to your home and property. When thinking of purchasing one of these garden sheds, there are several things that you may want to consider. After all, this is a big gardening gift and you want to do it right.

For many people the garden shed is nothing more than just a storage place for tools and other items. However this shed can be used for so much more. If you are a gardener, then this can be the area where you take care of your seedlings before the transferring into a different area. Other people may also use them for a number of different types of work areas.

You want to make sure that the shed will be easy to blend in with the overall look and feel of your outside home décor. This will help increase your property value and make your property more attractive.

You need to know the length of time you need the shed. Knowing if this structure is on a temporary or permanent basis will aid you in further decisions. If this idea is for a temporary situation, you may opt for something very basic in design and materials as well as ease of assembly and cost. Garden sheds that are meant to be permanent structures will cost you more but will allow for a bigger choice of materials and designs for you to choose from.

More important factors to look at are ones such as location. Where you plan on placing the shed is very important. It needs to be placed on ground that is flat and level. This will help to prevent any accidents or leaning from happening.

Zoning is the utmost important factor to look at. You need to know if the codes and zoning departments in the area of your home will allow you to have a garden shed, and if so are there any restrictions. It would be disastrous if you set up your garden shed only to have someone come by and say that it is not allowed.

Your intended purpose for the shed is another factor. Is this to be a workplace or just a storage shed? This also allows for you to choose the right materials for your shed. You want it to be perfect for your needs.

One of the last things that you need to consider when buying a garden shed is whether or not you are a handyman. Many of these sheds are do-it-yourself projects. This involves a lot of parts, frustration and hours of work to do. On the other hand, you can always look for a shed that can be assembled for you. This is more costly as you not only pay for the shed but the price of labor for assembly.

When it comes down to it, there are a lot of factors to consider when buying garden sheds. Make sure that you think about each and every one before making a final decision. Remember, what is the intended purpose? Is it allowed in my area? Will it go with my exterior décor? Can I afford it? Do I put it together myself or pay someone else to do it? Once you answer these questions, you will be well on your way to giving yourself a great gardening gift indeed. 😉

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Gardening – Is It Really A Hobby?

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Today, I thought you might enjoy the following story about this passion of ours that we call gardening:

Considering the hard work involved, I can still honestly state there is nothing quite as “relaxing” as spending the day working in my garden. Well okay, if not exactly “relaxing”, it certainly is rewarding and just gives you an overall feeling of well-being.  An added benefit is if you are not physically fit before you start your first gardening project, chances are you soon will be simply thru the process of maintaining it. But is serious gardening actually a hobby? I don’t think so.

I was in my 40’s when we moved from California with my low maintenance, swimming pool and concrete backyard to a small community in rural Oregon. The old farmhouse we intended to remodel sat on over an acre of land which sported any number of weeds and a few overgrown shrubs. Most of which, had been planted in a haphazard manner.

For the first few years we just kept the weeds mowed while we focused most of our efforts on the inside of the house. In time however, there was nothing left to do but turn our attention to the grounds surrounding the house. Oh my, where to start?

By the time that particular summer was over, we had created what we called the courtyard right outside the kitchen. It was a small, private area with a waterfall and herb garden, along with a comfortable seating area partly shaded by our 50 year old oak tree.

In addition, we had put up a 60’ fence, planted flowering shrubs and hedges, seeded a new back lawn and planted flowers galore. In addition to the herb garden now, we had an entry garden, a shade garden, a sunny flower garden and the following year we created a raised vegetable garden.

I’m not exactly sure when reality hit amidst all this flowering and fruit/vegetable producing plant life, but hit it did. This gardening stuff was a lot of work! Not only did we have to dig and add nutrients to our rock hard clay soil, we had to plant, then keep the plants watered and weeded. Deadheading soon became a half a days work on a regular basis throughout the summer.

Once planted, my hubby who had a job and a thousand other things to do around the property left me to tend the gardens on my own. I soon discovered that weeding took me at least 3 days a week. Then somebody turned me on to Round-Up and I gave thanks to the Gods that be. Even so, you have to be very careful with herbicides especially around vegetables and ground water.

In surveys, when people are asked what kind of hobbies they enjoy, 8 out of 10 will include gardening. After my experience, I can’t really relate to gardening as being a hobby, but I can sure relate to it as being a full-time commitment! 😉

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