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I was given one of the original Birdcams to test a few years ago and it can become addictive. I love to see who's invading my garden when I'm not there to guard it.
This newer model takes stills and videos and, better yet, time-lapse videos. He can literally watch the grass grow.
- Includes software for making time-lapse videos
- Comes with USB cable and SD card slot
- Tripod, bracket or strap mounting options
- Waterproof body
The La Crosse Technology WS-2810U-IT Professional Weather Center covers just about every eventuality: minimum/maximum temperature, humidity, winde speed and direction, rainfall... It's solar powered and has a USB connection for downloading historical data to your PC. It's a great gift for the gardener who likes to track weather patterns and keep records.
Don't wrinkle your nose. The Worm Factory's 4 bin stacking worm composting system means those kitchen scraps won't go to waste during the long, cold winter. You won't even know the worms are there. The whole thing takes up only 16 in. x 16 in. x 14 in.
You will need to add worms. Red wigglers are the popular choice. (Earthworms won't survive in the bin.) Check at a local garden or farm center. If they don't have any, there are many sources online.
For the truly avid gardener, a cold frame is essential. It lets you get started before other gardeners and keeps vegetables going into the winter. It's an efficient 40 inches x 48 inches x 16 inches high in the center, with a 2 sided roof, for easy access. The walls are 4mm polycarbonate, which will buy him a few degrees of cold protection at either end of the season.
It comes unassembled, but the pieces snap together. The kit includes window adjustment brackets and ground stakes. The whole thing can be taken apart and stored flat, during the summer.
Having somewhere to store your potting mix is such a luxury. Storing it in a bin under your planting surface is a joy beyond words. I like this potting bench because it's large enough to be functional, but not intrusive. He can store his supplies all together without worrying about cleaning up the mess they leave.
Small enough to maneuver, large enough to be practical. This chipper can handle yard debris and branches up to 3 in. in diameter, It has:
- 250cc 4-Cycle OHV Briggs & Stratton Engine
- 2-Way (Top and Side) Feed System
- 10" x 4" Fully Pneumatic Tires
- 5-Bushel Capacity Collection Bag
I've not yet tried it, but I trust Cub Cadet.
If he likes to turn the vegetable garden every spring or needs to till in a lot of amendments, a tiller is a back saver. Small gardens can get away with a front tine push tiller, but this rear tine model is easier to control and covers ground faster. It is heavy duty equipment though; make sure you have somewhere to store it the rest of the year.
The Troy-Bilt Electric Cultivator is an option for smaller gardens and needs. This tiller gets high marks in user reviews. It's electric, so it's easy to start and much quieter than gas. You can adjust the tilling width from 6 to 12 in. and get down a good 8 in. deep. The forward rotating tines are easy to control and do a good job of cultivating. It's a great little machine for the price and handy to have around, however it is best for small to medium sized gardens. 6.5-Amp.
Treat him to a home delivery of a few cubic yards of the good stuff. Any gardener would smile when the dump truck pulls up with a load of ready to use gardener's gold.
Look in your local phone book for soil suppliers or farms, or ask for names of suppliers at a local garden center. But ask to check the product first, or for recommendations. There is no certification for soils and you don't want useless fill.
10. Tool Organizer
No matter how good his tools are, he won't use them if he can't find them. This compact storage organizer measures 5 ft. x 5 ft. on the wall. It's made of a rugged vinyl coated poly mesh fabric with an acrylic no ravel edge. It hangs from brass grommets and has 8 pockets for long handled tools and 8 smaller pockets for hand tools. There are also 4 quick release buckles and straps for things like cords and hoses and 2 more in the center for holding the odd tool. All in all, it should free up a good deal of floor space and frustration.