Nothing says “Happy Birthday” like a load of manure

blogrimbergAndrea Robbins Rimberg has just moved into her house in Smithfield Township when a red truck turned into her driveway with her birthday present. The truck was carrying a load of manure.


After she got over the shock of her family getting her a load of you-know-what, she laughed. Then she was truly grateful to her family for their thoughtful gift. That was 13 years ago and the artist in her knew the possibilities.


Her garden was totally undeveloped and that present brought her to the beautiful garden she has today.

 Yes, gardeners look at life through manure-covered glasses and the best present in the world can be a good pair of gardening gloves. We all know how quickly those get lost and wear out.

I always told my husband Ronnie not to buy me cut flowers when he can spend less money on a plant that will blossom in my garden.


So here are some other unlikely gifts that will make your gardener love you. Hint, these also double as Father’s Day gifts.


A compost aerator is tops on my list.  I’ve never been any good on this composting thing. Why? Because I fail to add water frequently and I never ever stir. This will help and it only costs $21.95.


Solar lights. They are on sale in local stores right now and are as low as $2.50 apiece and go up to about $100 for a nice set. If nothing else, they keep visitors from trampling over your flowers.


Watering ball. Watering Balls are a beautiful and practical way to simplify plant watering. Just fill them with water and push the stem into your plant’s soil. Water will be released through the open end of the tube as needed. I’m not sure I get how these work, but they certainly look nice.


Speaking of water, you know it’s better to get to the roots than to water leaves. Check out tips on black spot. The best and most environmentally friendly way to do this is with a soaker hose.  

A gardening stool. O.K. I admit I’m a little out of shape. And older. I’d like to be able to sit when I work in the garden. This cool stool is on wheels and has storage for my little tools. And it comes in under $30.


blogswingA swing.  When I’m finished working in the garden I’m pooped, but I’d love to sit and look over the garden. I could be content with what I did that day and dream about what’s next. Problem? I don’t have a porch for my swing.  Solution? A beautiful frame.


And if all else fails, a load of manure would sure come in handy. It sure worked for Andrea Robbins-Rimberg.

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