Apartment or condominium gardeners appreciate the fresh herbs or produce that a table-top growing system provides. They are self-contained and eliminate many of the variables that outdoor gardeners have to deal with, such as temperature fluctuations, insect infestations and watering issues.
Anyone who has potted plants would love to receive decorative pots, soil specifically for potted plants, watering devices and plants to put it all to use.
Gift-giving to the home gardener is even easier.
Have someone on your list that is obsessive about their lawn? There are many good books to read in anticipation of spring. A gift certificate for lawn dethatching or aeration is a very thoughtful gift and will likely make lawn care duties a little easier.
Seed and plant catalogs are fun to peruse whether the gardener has a large or small yard, and they’re inexpensive, too — usually all it takes is a visit to a Web site or a phone call to request one.
All gardeners love to receive books or calendars that dispense welcome advice. There are delightful garden journals and planting guides to suit everyone.
Insecticidal soap, natural fertilizers, and tools also make great gifts.
For a home with children, the holidays are a great time to introduce the concept of knowing where the food and flowers they enjoy come from. There are many gift sets geared toward young gardeners. Flowers like marigolds, cosmos, sunflowers and geraniums can give big rewards with little effort. Zucchini, green beans and cucumbers are fast-producing vegetable plants that encourage impatient gardeners.
• UC Certified Master Gardeners are available to answer your gardening questions Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon at 953-6112. Questions for Heather can be submitted to email@example.com.