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Gifts to Get Someone Started in Gardening

Magazine article Sunset

Gifts to Get Someone Started in Gardening

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Would you like to help a friend or relative get started gardening this Christmas? A thoughtfully chosen plant or tool can foster a beginner's interest and success.

Here we've singled out easily grown plants as well as tools and supplies that are especially helpful in cut-flower, vegetable, and container gardening.

To meet our criteria, the garden tools had to be sturdy and hardworking, but easy to use and not expensive. Plants were selected for their ability to survive and grow without much care.

The ornamental plants pictured are distinctive in form and foliage. And the vegetables will grow and produce a crop without much fuss.

Not all the plants listed here are suitable for every Western climate. To check on a particular choice, consult the Sunset Western Garden Book.

When selecting plants or seeds, choose something easy to grow but unusual enough to be interesting. If you're getting a child started in gardening, buy large seeds--they're easier to handle.

For a cutting garden

The photograph below shows almost fool-proof plants and seeds--bachelor's button, carnation, forget-me-not, statice, stock, sweet pea--as well as tools usefuls to the cut-flower gardener. …

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