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Upper Midwest Gardening: A Garden Gift That Keeps Growing

Give the gift of gardening with this planter, filled with all the tools a beginning gardener needs to get started.

 This New England ceramic pot is a gift box ready to be planted.

I've come to realize being a good gardener isn't something that just happens. For a lot of people it's learned. My goal as a passionate gardener is to teach whenever I can, pass on the passion and give the gift of gardening. The holidays are the perfect time to plant the seed. My gifts always keep growing and, hopefully, inspire a new set of hands to dig in!

  Blades on this Corona pruner set will last a lifetime.

Every gift needs a box; my box is a garden container ready to be planted. The rustic nature of this New England ceramic pot makes it an easy fit anywhere, complements most styles, and the handles are a fun addition (Item #180488). I fill it with the tools needed to get started in gardening.

A good set of hand pruners is a must-have. Good pruners aren't cheap, and I know most of my friends wouldn't spend the money, so I always give my favorite, Corona Bypass pruners (Item #86084). The blades on these pruners will last a lifetime if taken care of. They bypass each other, resulting in a cleaner cut that won't crush or damage the stems of plants.

  Corona's Stainless Steel Transplanter does a number of things well.

A Trowel to Treasure
Every gardener needs a good trowel. The options are limitless, but I will include Corona's Stainless Steel Transplanter (Item #86084). I like this tool not only because of the quality but also its versatility. First, its ergonomic design makes it a comfortable fit in any hand, especially with the added thumb rest. The pointed serrated blade cuts through soil easily and separates roots, opens plastic bags and cuts through landscape fabric.

 Knitted gloves are comfortable for most garden chores.

A "Handy" Have
Gloves are essential in the garden but are very personal choices. To be safe I include the very comfortable Style Selections (Item #184089) gloves. These knitted gloves fit snugly. The palm side's nitrile coating keeps hands clean but offers supersensitive dexterity and is thin enough for an almost natural tactile response. And you can't beat the cost at $3.98. I've used a lot of gloves and find these to be oh so comfortable for most gardening chores.

 Knitted gloves are comfortable for most garden chores.

Final Amendment
Starting with the right potting soil makes all the difference in the world. Miracle-Gro Moisture Control (Item #235180) is perfect for first-time gardeners. It takes the guesswork out of feeding because it contains a slow-release fertilizer that lasts up to six months, and polymers that help retain moisture in the soil to prevent plants from drying out too quickly.

This is just the start. The options for this gift basket extend forever. You could include a plant or a variety of seeds. Or think of a theme, maybe a salsa garden; or go with a kid theme. It's fun for sure, but the best part is that this gift keeps growing in more ways than one.

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