By Faith Peppers
Does your favorite gardener have every tool imaginable, every
gadget sold only on TV? Gardening expert and retired University
of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent Walter Reeves recommends
some not-so-common gifts for the gardener:
Label printer (available wherever office products
sold). "When you buy metal or plastic plant markers for your
garden, you can use this small machine to print out a label and
attach it to the marker," Reeves said.
"It will last two, three or even four years," he said. "You can
also print double labels: one for the marker and one for an
envelope that will hold the seeds you collect at the end of the
Tree faces (available from
www.alsto.com and other Web
sites). These nifty novelties, made from resin or concrete,
stick to a tree trunk. "It makes it look like your trees have
faces," Reeves said.
Heavy-duty gloves (available at any garden
leather gloves or mesh with rubberized palm and fingers are a
favorite choice," he said.
For bird lovers, Reeves recommends two favorite products:
"Eliminator" bird feeder (available from
www.wbu.com). "This is the
feeder I've ever had to protect my bird seed," he said. "It's
more squirrel-proof than the gate-style ones that smart
squirrels can quickly figure out and get around."
Bird bath dripper (available at
attach them to your faucet to drip water all day to attract
birds," Reeves said. "They will drink and sit under the dripper
because the sound of dripping water is attractive to them."
Finally, Reeves suggests two gifts to avoid: ultrasonic
mosquito repellers and windmills that repel moles. "Neither
works," he said.
(Faith Peppers is the director of public affairs with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)