(StatePoint) The holiday season is a great time to shower the gardeners in your life with the tools they need to grow beautiful and delicious things. Whether your recipient already has a green thumb or is just thinking about starting a new hobby, there are some great gift ideas out there for every level of gardening interest and skill.
Herb and Vegetable Cookbook
Everyone gets stumped from time-to-time when planning meals or figuring out how best to incorporate a fresh harvest into tonight’s dinner.
Consider gifting a little inspiration. Any vegetable gardener will appreciate a great cookbook that focuses on cooking with fresh herbs and vegetables.
There are many options -- from cookbooks that focus on vegetable side dishes to vegetarian ones where veggie main dishes take center stage.
Why only grow tasty vegetables and beautiful flowers part of the year? For the year-round enthusiast, consider an indoor garden. For example, The Miracle-Gro AeroGarden is a soil-free garden that grows herbs, vegetables, salad greens and flowers five times faster than plants grown in soil. Because it uses advanced hydroponics to create an ideal environment for healthy growth, your gift recipient won’t need expertise for a successful garden to thrive.
Plants grown in an Aerogarden receive an ideal balance of water, air and liquid nutrients packed with calcium, iron, magnesium and other key minerals. It also features a control panel to tell you when to add water, eliminating some of the trickier guesswork.
Foodies and health enthusiasts will also be pleased to know that many of the seeds provided are heirloom varieties, and the company sources organic seeds when possible. More information about indoor soil-free vegetable and flower gardening can be found at www.AeroGarden.com.
Help your favorite gardener attract pollinators and add a touch of beauty to the garden with a unique bird feeder. The birds attracted by the feeder will do more than bring beauty to the recipient’s garden – they can help cross pollinate plants and flowers, as well.
If you’re crafty, consider making it yourself, or use an online marketplace to find a unique, hand-crafted or vintage treasure. And if your recipient is crafty, consider giving him or her a do-it-yourself feeder or birdhouse kit.
This holiday season, skip the generic presents and be a bit more thoughtful. For friends and family, there are plenty of ways you can support a new or lifelong, year-round gardening habit.