Gifts to Inspire Green Gardening

Looking for the perfect gift to inspire the gardener in your life to go green? Metro natural gardening specialist Carl Grimm shared his top tips for green gardening gifts.

Soil-boosting gifts
-Earth Machine compost bin, available at the Swan Island MetroPaint Store for less than half the retail value
-Cool compost pail for the kitchen countertop
-Organic fertilizer, good for plants and easy on rivers and streams
“Antique” digging fork or other handy tool from a secondhand store, or a durable one from the nursery
-Free compost guide, available from Metro’s recycling hotline at 503-234-3000

Gifts for the edibles enthusiast
-Vegetable seeds from your own garden, presented in little reused bottles with a colorful homemade label
-Potted herb garden for a sunny windowsill now and an outside patch in spring
-Free Metro gardening resources including the revised Grow Smart, Grow Safe consumer guide
-Vegetable gardening book

Gifts for nurturing nature
-Home-crafted bug bath, made from a plate and pebbles around the yard, to attract beneficial insects
-Mason bee home, made by boring 5/16 inch holes – 3 or 4 inches deep – into a chunk of wood
-Gift certificate for a native tree or shrub, perfect for winter planting
-Free Metro booklet on native plants
-Birding binoculars with an ideal 8-by-40 magnification
-Backyard bird book

For additional natural gardening ideas visit Metro's website or call 503-234-3000. 


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