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1. Keep it simple
Miracle-Gro LiquaFeed has made my life so much easier – now my flowerbeds and lawn are treated to fertilizer while I water. Refills screw into the spray nozzle; $20.
2. The kindest cut
Fiskars PowerGear Pruners have a rotating lower handle that reduces hand strain even during repeated use, and are available in either anvil or bypass style. Order them at www.gardenscape.ca. About $35.
3. Windows on the world
Give a backyard greenhouse, such as the six- by eight-foot (shown) or six- by four-foot Deluxe Greenhouse with Frame, available exclusively at Canadian Tire (www.canadiantire.ca); $849.99 and $599.99, respectively.
4. Happy hands
Recommended by the Arthritis Society, these Bionic Gloves protect your palms and pinkies with leather; neoprene at the joints keeps them flexible. Find them at www.leevalley.com. About $50.
5. Oldies but goldies
Gardeners will love this pair of books from author Louise Riotte – Carrots Love Tomatoes and Roses Love Garlic (Storey, 1997, softcover, $18.50) – that are packed with tips on companion planting.
6. Head of its class
The Tilley TH5 Hemp Hat is tough, breathable and machine- washable, and protects you from both sun and rain. And it looks good! See it at www.tilleyendurables.ca. $75.
7. Creature comforts
Give a spa package with manicure, pedicure and massage to relax and revive aching muscles. The Journey, offered by White Oaks Conference Resort and Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., also includes a hydrotherapy bath, facial and spa lunch; $350.
8. Small but beautiful
A mini hydroponic garden can help an avid gardener stay happy until spring. The Mini Hydro Harvest, for example, includes the planter plus all the accessories to get you growing (find it at www.hydroponics.com); $84.
9. Pot luck
Any gardener will appreciate an outdoor potting bench such as the GardenWood model from The Home Depot (www.homedepot.ca). The work surface is a comfortable countertop height for potting up plants; above and below, the shelves store fertilizer, soil and extra pots. About $250.
10. The royal treatment
Splurge on a trip for two to the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show in London, England (May 20 to 24, 2008). Full-day show tickets are about $90 each; getting there, of course, will cost a little extra. Find out more at www.rhs.org.uk/chelsea.
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