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Ergonomic Gardening Tools As Gifts, Are They Good?

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Gardening tools are an integral part of gardeners’ lives and make perfect gardening gifts for anyone with a green thumb.  They are designed to help the leisure and full-time gardener in the quest of owning a landscaped or simply, a well-maintained “fairy-tale” garden.   A variety of adaptive gardening tools are available including long-handled tools, tools with adaptive handles, light weight and comfort grip tools.  The best part is that the most common gardening tools are available for a reasonable price and therefore, make excellent gardening gifts.

One such gardening gift would be a set of ergonomic gardening tools.  Repetitive movements can wreak havoc on any part of the body, with hands, arms, shoulders, necks and backs the most common areas of injury. Today, ergonomic gardening tools appeal to people of all ages who have either suffered or want to prevent repetitive strain injuries.  Ergonomic gardening tools are available for gripping anything from cooking utensils to adaptive steering wheels, as well as gardening tools.  These gardening gifts are second to none in making gardening a pleasurable experience once more.  Ergonomic gardening tools have been available for decades but it’s only in the last five years that they’ve become trendy.

Quality gardening tools are exactly what any dedicated gardener needs.  Whether their grounds are large or small, gardeners need the right tools and equipment to speed up routine tasks and help successful gardening. Gardening tools will last a long time and you will soon find out that after years of use, old garden tools will eventually fit your hand like a glove, as working with them will soon become a pleasure.  Good gardening tools will assist you in taking care of your plants as well as cultivating good growing conditions, thus having a
positive effect on your plant’s health.  Quality tools make great gardening gifts.  Invest in a good set and be careful not to strain your body parts, cause your worth it.  😉

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Wind Chimes As Gardening Gifts, You Can’t Go Wrong

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Wind chimes are a true work of art combined with alluring tones. They are designed for clear melodious tones and long lasting beauty, are enjoyed around the world and provide harmony for any home. The music awakens the spirit and creates a sense of peace and calm. Wind chimes are perfect gardening gifts that fill the backyard with peace and tranquility.

Wind chimes come in many shapes, sizes and designs. As gardening gifts, they can be quite a work of art as well as unique, handcrafted musical instruments. Wind chimes are also made from wood, glass, copper, porcelain, brass and aluminum. Bamboo wind chimes are also very popular. Whatever your style, I’m sure you will find that these gardening gifts compliment any surrounding. They are made to be durable and weather resistant, giving years of enjoyment.

Wind chimes are thought to be good luck in parts of Asia and are used in Feng Shui. In Japan they produce pleasant ringing sounds and are hung by the windows during hot humid summers in order to bring cooling relief. They are hung typically in groups of five or eight. The tubes must be hollow to allow the chi to flow upward. The swaying movement produces light, tinkling sounds, which enable the good chi to settle, thus bringing luck and fame into the home. Wind chimes relieve stress and open emotional blocks within the body.
They enhance energy flow, uplift our spirits and dampen negative influences. If you don’t know the difference between feng shui and chop suey, that’s okay. Wind chimes simply sound fabulous and look terrific.

As gardening gifts to friends, or for yourself, I don’t see how you can go wrong. They are objects of beauty, bringing good luck, peace and calm to our busy lives. Eighty five percent of households here in the U.S.A. have at least one, why not you?  😉

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Gardening Tools As Gifts, Really?

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Of course, they make excellent gardening gifts. Gardening tools are an important part of every gardener’s life. Having the right tools means that your gardener is prepared, happy, and ready to do almost anything. Ergonomic tools are great gardening gifts as well. They make gardening easier on the knees and back. The right tools can mean the difference between hours of gardening pleasure and painful, back-breaking work. Invest in a few quality tools and your time in the garden will be far more rewarding.

Gardening tools are so varied, but which one do you need? Hand gardening tools are a must and you cannot do without them. Most people are aware of the traditional hand gardening tools that include things like a small shovel, hoe and weeders. Today, there are more choices than ever to get those special gardening gifts. Many of these tools are unique and offer even the weekend gardener a convenient way to take care of a garden.

Shovels, spades and trowels are the basics. A shovel is used for scooping loose materials, such as sand, while a spade is made for digging. D-shaped handles make it easier to lift what you have dug or scooped. Look for forged metal with a sharp digging edge. A trowel is a mini-spade, for planting annuals and perennials. A spading fork is used for turning over soil and compost. A square spade is used for turning over existing beds, and planting large plants.

In earlier days, garden tools resembled those used on a farm. They were not so great as gardening gifts and we had to make due with them, regardless of their size. Today, there are specialized tools to fit any job. We have composters, laser levels, seed spoons, planting tools, augers for digging holes for bulbs, spreaders for fertilizers, hoes, axes, loppers, pruning shears, trimmers, forks for weeding, sheers, digging tined forks and cultivators, just to name a few. You may want to consider electric tools for gardening gifts as well. Cordless gardening tools can cut the job in half and make the work easier with less effort. They are also very easy to clean. Just wipe with a clean cloth.

Seats and benches that you can sit on to take care of the garden make good gardening gifts too. These benches should be easy to fold up and carry around the yard, as well as be low enough to the ground to work the soil. Don’t forget that your gloves are tools too. They need to be thick enough to avoid getting stickers, yet flexible enough to garden with.

Selecting hand garden tools that are appreciated as gardening gifts just takes a little research. Once you have your tools, please make sure to take care of them so that they lead long and useful lives. Many people do not treat their tools well, not realizing that proper maintenance means easier work. Now, you are ready to get busy with your new, sleek garden tools that slice through the ground like a knife through butter. The gardening tools of yesteryear are now engineered with precision and durability. Get yourself a good set. You don’t want to be like the carpenter without a hammer, do you?  😉

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How Do I Choose Garden Decor For Gardening Gifts?

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Garden decor are the ornaments and decorations that add style and interest to your yard.  It will enhance the look of any home and will also make wonderful gardening gifts for others.  Quite often, it is the first thing that people see when they come to visit.  Gardens are great places to relax and unwind, meditate, or for recuperating from an illness.  Being amidst nature that is created exclusively for aesthetic appeal, can trigger extremely pleasant emotions in any person.

The one thing to remember about gardening gifts:  Die hard enthusiasts of gardening go to great lengths to procure the right kind of look.  No matter what, it is always best to remember that your decor for the garden should enhance the appearance of the area rather than clash with the plants and flowers.  Everyone is different in creating their own visually appealing piece of paradise.  There are many ways to make your own outdoor home come alive.  Choose gardening gifts that fit your style and what overall theme is immensely pleasing to you.  As you can see, it is very personal indeed.

As such, I would not recommend giving large statues to your friends as gardening gifts unless you are SURE that it fits into their garden theme.  Perhaps, gift certificates for statues of their choice would make for better gardening gifts.  Here is a list of some items that are personal to the gardener:  fountains, benches, furniture, stepping stones, large statues, hammocks, patio heaters, outdoor fireplaces, large trellises, shades and umbrellas, weather vanes, lighting.

On the other hand, there are many gardening gifts that you can easily give that shouldn’t ruffle anyone’s feathers.  Here is a partial list:  birdbaths, birdhouses, bird feeders, clocks, thermometers, doormats, wind chimes, garden bells, rain gauges, garden gnomes and gargoyles, garden hose reels and holders, pots and planters, window boxes, rocks, small figures, signs and plaques, sundials, boot brushes.

Imagine fountains that spew water or relaxing by a koi pond.  Stepping stones lead a winding path through your favorite plants.  Exotic lighting creates dramatic shadows as you enjoy a warm summer’s eve with your closest friends.  What garden decor would you add to this?

The ideas are endless, the main point being to stay with the overall theme.  You want to beautify and enhance the outdoor garden.  Be selective with your gardening gifts, look around and who knows, you may even find something as unique as a mailbox!  😉

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What Kind Of Accessories Are Good For Gardening Gifts?

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Whether it’s the garden hose and sprinkler you use for watering, the gloves you wear, or the hand garden tools you work the soil with, these gardening gifts must be of good quality and reliable. Look for products with a good guarantee. Make sure that not only are you covered against problems or defects, but also look for a satisfaction guarantee as well. This is important as you never really get the feel of your tools or gardening accessories until they arrive.

Gardening gifts for beginners should include the basics: rakes, shovels, hoes, pitch forks, or a nice set of good hand tools. Another option would be a tool rack in which to store the larger tools, or even a tool rack on wheels. One really neat gardening gift is a kneeler bench, which serves as both a place to kneel and a little bench to sit. It protects the knees from the hard and bumpy ground. Long gloves that offer sturdy protection from rogue thorns and prickles, as well as giving added grip when handling wet and slimy substances, make excellent gardening gifts. Also, there are thousands of books on gardening, ranging from how-to books to those dealing with specialized situations such as small space or container gardening. Again, good gardening gifts.

You may also choose clothing for the person who loves to grow things. There are t-shirts, bags, sneakers, socks, and hats that you can find when you are looking for gardening gifts. Use your imagination and be creative when looking for gardening accessories to please your gardener. Do a little “homework” and find out what they like doing the most or what their biggest problem is at the moment. That way, your gardening gifts are very thoughtful and well received. Here is a partial list of other gardening gifts to consider: Planters and fertilizers, plastic and ceramic pots, ornaments and statues, garden lightings, aprons, hand cream, water fountains and wind chimes. Any gardener on your list would appreciate a gift certificate to your local garden nursery as well.

Finding accessories to buy as gardening gifts is quite easy. They are sold in nearly any discount department store as well as in the garden section of most home improvement stores. You can also usually find inexpensive gardening tools and decorations at a dollar store, or even at garage sales and flea markets. If you are shopping for gardening supplies off-season, your best bet is to shop online.

A big hat will keep the sun off of a bent-over neck, rubber shoes will keep mud from between the toes and a kneeling pad will prevent bruising of one of the most used and abused gardener parts. Gardeners are smitten by the entire ritual of planting little seeds in the dirt, watering and watching them grow, then reaping the payoff of dinner on the table, and your thoughtful gardening gifts in this ritual will surely be remembered!  😉

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