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Garden gifts for the holidays

Bloomsticks ($12 for a set of 3)Know anyone

Bloomsticks ($12 for a set of 3)

Know anyone with a black thumb? These threatening tongue-in-cheek stakes are sure to scare even their most stubborn plants into bloom. Simply push them into the soil and wait. The included instructions read: "Fertilize your plant according to its needs, provide plenty of sun, insert one stake per plant. Works on orchids, roses, tomatoes, gardenias, amaryllis and other plants." Credit: Handout

So, I just finished my beast of a gift guide and there literally is something for everyone in it. Take a look, and you'll find stocking stuffers, tools and gear, books and high-end presents -- and every single one is a gift I'd want to receive myself.

Click here to check out my favorite gardening gifts of the 2010 holiday season. And consider these two unique gifts, too:

Gardening classes (631-727-7850 ext. 345, $50)

Sure, you can give your friends a garden, but why not teach your friends to garden? Send them to the Suffolk County Cornell Cooperative Extension’s 2011 Spring Gardening School. Your prepaid tuition gets them a full day of instruction, which includes four gardening classes, continental breakfast and lunch at their choice of three locations: Brentwood (April 2), Bellport (April 9) or Riverhead (April 16).

CCE membership (516-228-0426; $25)

Who wouldn’t want a master gardener at his or her disposal? That’s pretty much what you get with a one-year membership to the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County. Members get unlimited free walk-in counter visits for help in diagnosing and solving plant diseases and identifying insects and weeds. Three free soil tests are included, too, and the resulting reports contain guidance for tailoring your soil’s pH to the needs of your specific plants. A bimonthly newsletter, Long Island Gardening, is mailed to your home.



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