Gardeners are easy to buy gifts for. Here's a list of some favorites to make the gardener in your life happy. Unless noted all the products are available at independent garden centers and other retailers.
• Dramm ColorPoint Bypass Pruner: These hand pruners come in bright colors, so if you leave them out in the garden (as I do), they're easy to find. The stainless-steel blade will cut woody stems up to 5/8 inches in diameter. The pruner has comfortable rubber grips and a locking button, so it stays open when you need it and closed when you don't. Pick up a cutting tool holster, too, so it will always be handy. About $20.
Container gardening is more popular than ever. The GrowBox is a colorful, self-watering container that comes with a cut-out planting guide and patented Nutrient Patch cover that automatically adds fertilizer as required. Colors include cauliflower, celery, eggplant and lime ($37.95) or terra cotta and dark green ($29.95). Its 4-gallon reservoir adds water at the correct rate so plants never dry out.
• Winter Protection Gloves for men are waterproof, breathable, durable and have a reinforced leather palm. Insulated with Thinsulate, the gloves will keep gardeners' hands warm and dry during winter and early spring chores. $24.95, available in medium to XXL.
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• Women's Floral Performance Gloves are colorful and have a Spandex back plus many of the same features as men's. About $20, available in XXS to large.
• Whether you encourage birds to feed all winter or just like them in the summer to feed on garden pests, the BirdCam Pro provides close-up digital photos of every creature that visits the feeder or bird bath. It's motion-activated and can take 8 megapixel photos or videos with sound and time lapse features. It even has a built-in flash. Tough, weatherproof and built to last for years of outdoor use, it sells for $199.95.
• When I broke my wrist several years ago, the CobraHead Weeder and Cultivator saved my garden season. The blade acts like a large steel fingernail. Use it for weeding, cultivating, digging, planting and more. The tool is indestructible, made in USA and will last a lifetime. It sells for $24.95 in stores or online at www.cobrahead.com.
• EcoScraps Compost and Garden Soil: Give the gift that keeps on giving. Any gardener would love to tear the wrapping paper off a big bag of compost or garden soil. EcoScraps is an organic product made from recycled food and garden waste. The company has recycled 60 million pounds of food waste to date. An 8-quart bag retails for about $5 at Home Depot, Lowe's, Target, Costco and Sam's Club.
• Longfield Gardens Amaryllis in wood box with handles comes with three amaryllis bulbs that put on a spectacular show for a month. Longfield Gardens also offers paperwhites and many other bulbs for indoor and outdoor growing. $55.95 with amaryllis, a little less with paperwhites at 1-855-534-2733 or www.longfield-gardens.com.
• Sloggers Rain and Garden Shoes are waterproof, comfortable and well-made. The women's versions come in a variety of colors and flower prints. The men's are made with dark colors and solid patterns, at least for now. Post-Gazette garden columnist Doug Oster talked the company into making a blue pair with a colorful pansy print. They easily slip on and off. About $25.
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