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Gifts for gardeners that will bring meaning to their toil in the soil

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The gift of a bird house means help for native birds and fun for the people who watch them.  Photo credit: Pinebush Home and Garden Ltd.The gift of a bird house means help for native birds and fun for the people who watch them. Pinebush Home and Garden Ltd.

Birds, our great garden allies, help control insect populations. You can be encouraged to spend more time in your yard if you set up high quality birdhouses and provide the right type of feed for the species you are trying to attract. Giving away a berry plant such as pyracantha or hardwood holly (Ilex verticillata), both natural winter food sources, would also help attract native, wintering birds. Bird baths are an important source of water in dry periods and an attractive feature in almost every garden. In colder weather, bird bath heaters keep the water open.

Anna’s hummingbirds overwinter here and the supply of food is an important source of food for the winter. It is important that the liquid food is not frozen as the temperature drops, and heaters are available to do just that. For many seniors incarcerated because of the pandemic, a bird or hummingbird feed can provide much-needed pleasure.

It is important to keep an eye on the value of pollinators. The secret to attracting mason bees to your garden is to provide them with special apiaries as nesting sites. They are wonderful gifts and their popularity is growing rapidly. Pollinator plants are also great gifts and help our pollinator populations, especially those plants that bloom very early or very late such as winter-flowering heather and the winter rose (Helleborus niger).

Gardeners are always happy to receive a gift with high-quality tools to make their tasks easier.  Photo credit: Minter Country GardenGardeners are always happy to receive a gift with high-quality tools to make their tasks easier. Minter Country Garden

For many seniors, gardening is a passion that they are reluctant to give up. Fortunately, there are plenty of gardening aids available today that can really help those stiff knees and back pain. Garden knees are invaluable when it comes to planting plants and weeds. EZ-Riser was developed in BC and is growing in popularity as a simple one-handed mobility tool. Ergonomically designed tools and long-handled trowels and forks make gardening easier and are a valued gift.

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