||The Bay Gardener
By Dr. Frank Gouin
T’Was the Night Before Christmas
T’was the night before Christmas and all through the yard;
The branches were bare and the ground frozen hard.
The roses were dormant and mulched all around;
To protect them from damage if frost heaves the ground.
The perennials were nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions of compost danced in their heads.
The new-planted shrubs had been soaked by the hose;
To settle their roots for the long winter’s doze.
And out on the lawn, the new fallen snow;
Protected the roots of the grasses below.
When what to my wondering eyes should appear;
But a truck full of gifts, and all gardening gear.
Saint Nick was the driver the jolly old elf
And he winked as he said, “I’m a gardener myself.
I’ve brought Wilt-Pruf, Rootone and gibberellin, too
Father can try them and see what they do.
To help with the weeding I’ve brought a Weed-Bandit;
And to battle the bugs a floating blanket.
To seed your new lawn, I’ve a patented sower;
In case it should grow, here’s a new power mower.
For seed-planting days, I’ve a trowel and a dibble;
And a role of mesh wire if the rabbits should nibble.
For the feminine gardener, some gadgets she loves;
Plant stakes, a sprinkler and waterproof gloves.
A fungus agent for her compost pit;
And for pH detecting, a soil-testing kit.
With these colorful flagstones, lay a new garden path;
For the kids to enjoy, a bird feeder and bath.
And last but not least, some well-rotted manure.
A green Christmas year round these gifts will ensure.”
Then jolly St. Nick, having emptied his load,
Started his truck and took to the road.
And I heard him exclaim through the motor’s loud hum;
“Merry Christmas to all, and to all a green thumb.”
Q My husband attended a lecture on pruning that you gave at London Town. You recommended a pruning saw, and I would like to get him one for Christmas. But if I ask him the one you recommended, he will know what I am planning. Would you please let me know the one you recommended and if I can purchase it locally.
A If you order from A. M. Leonard gardenersedge.com order the Felco F600. It is a folding saw, which means that when not in use the blade folds into the handle. It also has a long handle so that you can use both hands when sawing.
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