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Desert Gardening: Holiday Gifts for the Desert Gardener

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Gardeners are easy to shop for - they love gadgets, new plants and utility items. Here are some ideas for the 2012 season.

'Blue Glow' agave looks striking in a blue pot.
 With lettuce seed it's easy to grow the veggie in desert winters.

Gardeners are easy to shop for. Even if they already have the basics (gloves, pruners, trowels, etc.), chances are they use them enough that they'll welcome new replacements. If you'd rather give soft goods, choose an exciting new plant. Below are a few of the best gift choices for desert gardeners.

Most gardeners can't resist a cool, new plant, and one of the best new is 'Blue Glow' agave, whose succulent, powder-blue leaves with mahogany edges catch the sun. It grows to a nice, compact 2x2-ft size. 'Blue Glow' looks great in a container or in the ground and, at $5.99 for a gallon-size pot, it is a holiday bargain.

There are almost no veggies as easy to grow in the desert winters as lettuce. So try a few lettuce seed varieties such as those pictured pictured: spicy mesclun mix, Caesar salad mix and loose-leaf mix. For only $1.57 per pack you can have fresh lettuce clear through spring and early summer.

 Fiskars pruners rival more costly Swiss-made products.

New, sharp, ergonomically designed pruners are joys to use. The Fiskars Durasharp pruners, at only $17.99, rival Swiss pruners that cost three times as much. Use these for pruning thumb-size or smaller branches. The new blade is designed to last five times longer.

 A water timer saves you water - and money.

With a water timer you'll no longer send water running down the street when you forget to turn off the hose. Simply attach this little mechanical timer (it operates as simply as an egg timer) to your spigot and hose, set it for 15 minutes to 2 hours, and let it turn off the hose. Considering how expensive water is becoming, it's a boon for only $14.98.

Improve irrigation with a watering wand and water breaker.

Nursery workers know that the best way to irrigate containers is with a watering wand that has a built-in water breaker. The water breaker turns a strong jet into a soft shower that won't blast the potting soil out of your pots. The 33-in wand allows you to water without bending over, and it has a shutoff valve in case you need to set down the wand for a moment. At $8.97 it'll pay for itself in wasted potting soil alone.

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