Choosing Christmas Gifts for the Gardener

Choosing Christmas gifts for the gardener. Sometimes the best gifts for avid gardeners are garden tools, including suggestions for garden tools such as pruners, forks, spades, shovels and hoes.

| November/December 1982

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    As the holidays approach and the scramble for "just the right gift" begins—let's take a look at some basic, quality garden implements.
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Choosing Christmas gifts for the gardener is easy when you choose the perfect gift of gardening tools. 

The frost-crisped carpet of leaves crunches underfoot in the morning chill, but midday sometimes still brings a wan reminder of the heat of summer's sun. The harvest is now concluded, and the garden begins its long (and much deserved) winter's sleep. Draw the family together in a feast of thanksgiving for the year's gifts of goodness.

Very often the gifts people appreciate most are things that they've always wanted but haven't been able to justify purchasing. When choosing Christmas gifts for the gardener, whether price or the lack of a really pressing need is the sticking point, such objects are often on our dream lists, tantalizingly just beyond practical reach.

I'd always felt that way about a particular spading fork . . . a beautiful heavy-duty Bulldog model with a forged steel head and a smooth handle of ash. The tool looked magnificent . . . but it was priced at about $40, and I already had a perfectly good spading fork (although each time I used it, the business end grew a little more snaggle-toothed). Then a birthday came along, and out in the garden I found—festooned with ribbons—a spanking new Bulldog fork.



I loved that implement at first try, and I learned something important from using it, too: All those old saws like "cheap is dear" and "always buy quality tools" are good advice! Not only was my Bulldog strong of shaft and straight of tooth when it was new, but it has stayed that way. The tool I thought was too expensive looks as if it will outlive me . . . whereas previously I was in the habit of buying a new spading fork every couple of years!

So—as the holidays approach and the scramble for "just the right gift" begins—let's take a look at some basic, quality garden implements. They'll make perfect gifts, and then go on to prove their worth in the garden . . . year after year.






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