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If you have a gardener on your gift record this holiday break period, you are in luck. Yard equipment are common items in many retailers and nurseries.

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Oregon Condition College Extension Assistance – Columbia County may possibly be attained by contacting 503-397-3462.

Here are some final-moment gift ideas for your inexperienced-thumbed household and close friends. And to all my Backyard Plots and Clatskanie Grows viewers, may well you have the happiest of vacations.

• A gift certificate for vegetation or instruments from a favourite nursery, garden middle, hardware, and/or feed and seed keep. With only times left, this is rapid and realistic. Also, a present certification from a beloved seed or fruit tree organization.

• Gardener’s journal to history planting dates, types, successes (and failures) from year to year.

• Leather gardening gloves to avert injuries and chapped, rough pores and skin.

• Adaptable, rubberized cotton gloves that retain fingernails cleanse and hands dry.

• A soil thermometer is extremely useful. So are moisture meters with ~12-inch probes. Both of those are inexpensive gifts.

• Q Knot reusable cable ties are useful for staking tomatoes or trellises. Get them from a nearby hardware keep.

• Rolls of re-useable Velcro tape slash-to-size that can also hold tomatoes, apple shoots, or other garden plant elements on to structures.

• Manual or electric powered water hose timer. This gadget can be hooked up to any faucet, and immediately shuts off drinking water just after a established total of time. Get a solitary or twin model from a components shop.

• Drinking water bubbler with flow management or other intriguing sprinklers.

• Large-high-quality pruning loppers or hand pruners to make wintertime pruning a pleas-ure Folding pruning saws are great for pruning but also helpful for tenting or backpacking. Fiskers, Barnel, or Corona are very good makes.

• Corona Speedy Instrument Sharpener. A pocket-sized software for sharpening pruners, shears and blades.

• Well-manufactured spading fork (a own favored) or specialized hoes and shovels

• Floating row covers are lightweight blankets to place around vegetables that support seize heat and safeguard crops. May well be obtainable from the Extension place of work in February/March. Get in touch with us.

• Heavier row handles for pot defense from chilly winter season weather conditions: We have some now at the Extension office at a sale cost.

• A Hori Hori Knife is a transplant knife from Japan, that’s aspect trowel and part knife. Also, very good for dispatching slugs. It is a good resource.

• LED headlamp is helpful tool for gardening or locating slugs at night time (if you are so inclined). If you have near neighbors, alert them of your new interest. Also very good for searching for carpenter ant evidence underneath your house.

• Lithium battery-driven chain saws, pole pruners, and weed whackers. There are a variety of new styles and the quality is tremendously enhanced around the types bought even a several yrs back. For casual users of these instruments, they do the job effectively and do not have the maintenance challenges of gas–fueled versions.

• Insect, Mushroom, Weed, or Native Plant identification reserve.

• Straightforward grip hand instruments for gardeners with arthritis.

• Extended spouted watering container for easy home-plant treatment.

• Ever-sharp backyard scissors for snipping herbs and flowers.

• Huge strong backyard garden cart to have tools and soil amendments to the garden in just one journey.

• Knee-pads or gardening stool to make weeding and lower perform fewer of a strain.

• A weighty apron with pockets to preserve gardening instruments handy or a caddy with pockets for your yard bucket.

• Aluminum plant tags (create on them with a pencil) to hang or connect to woody plants.

• The OSU Extension Place of work is absolutely reopened. Masks are still necessary inside of.

• Donate make and/or funds to the food financial institution, senior centers, or neighborhood meals courses. It is drastically appreciated.

• The Extension Services presents its systems and products similarly to all folks.

If you have inquiries on any of these subjects or other property backyard garden and/or farm inquiries, make sure you make contact with Chip Bubl, Oregon State University Extension place of work in St. Helens at 503-397-3462 or at The workplace is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday via Friday.

The Oregon Condition University Extension office environment in Colum-bia County publishes a monthly newsletter on gardening and farming topics (named County Residing) created/edited by yours truly. All you have to have to do is inquire for it and it will be mailed or emailed to you. Contact 503-397-3462 to be place on the list. Alternatively, you can find it on the website at and click on newsletters.

Many Extension publications available on the internet

Are you placing up salsa, conserving seeds, or thinking about planting grapes? OSU has a significant quantity of its publications obtainable for totally free obtain. Just go to Click on publications and start out exploring.

  • Oregon Condition University Extension Services – Columbia County
  • 505 N. Columbia River Highway St. Helens, OR 97051
  • 503-397-3462

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