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Monday, November 29, 2021

November Article for the Cameron Chronicle


Hello Friends,

I want to share my article that I wrote for the November issue of the Cameron Chronicle, "The Little Paper With Personality."

In my November article I share Christmas Ideas for the Gardener.



Christmas Ideas for the Gardener

By Carla TePaske of Cameron, WI ~ The Little Garden That Could

The Christmas season is just a calendar page away. If you have a gardener in your life, here are a few fun Christmas gift ideas.

Flower bulbs make great Christmas gifts for friends and family and will lighten up dreary winter days with their colorful blooms and lovely scents. Choose amaryllis bulbs for striking flowers and hyacinths or narcissi for wonderful fragrance.

Books make great gifts for the gardener as well. Floret Farm's
Cut Flower Garden
by Erin Benzakein is a fantastic gift for your flower loving gardener.

For the vegetable gardener you can not go wrong with The Old Farmer's Almanac Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook by Old Farmer’s Almanac.

For your die-hard gardener, The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener: How to Grow Your Own Food 365 Days a Year, No Matter Where You Live by Niki Jabbour. Even in winter’s coldest months you can harvest fresh, delicious produce. Drawing on insights gained from years of growing vegetables in Nova Scotia, Niki Jabbour shares her simple techniques for gardening throughout the year. Learn how to select the best varieties for each season, the art of succession planting, and how to build inexpensive structures to protect your crops from the elements. No matter where you live, you’ll soon enjoy a thriving vegetable garden year-round.

A fun garden book for children, We Are the Gardeners by Joanna Gaines. After reading, children will learn:

Trying something new isn't always easy, but the hardest work often yields the greatest reward. The basic steps and process of starting a garden. The importance of patience and how it is possible to learn from your mistakes.

If you have someone special in your life that used to garden, but no longer can, a perfect gift would be a flower subscription. The Little Garden That Could provides this special service. A flower subscription from The Little Garden That Could is a bouquet of fresh-cut locally grown flowers. The delivery area is a 30 mile radius from Cameron, Wisconsin.

As you prepare for the holidays, do not forget to harvest some of your garden to create festive wreaths or arrangements. Use seed heads, rose hips, berries, hydrangeas and anything else you can forage.


  1. Wow, you know just the right gardening gifts for everyone. What a cool articke, and perfect for this month.

  2. What a well prepared and thoughtful article, Carla. Nova Scotia is our neighbouring province. I'll have to look up that book. Thanks for sharing your article.
    Wow! December is tomorrow already. How did that happened.

    Take care and stay warm.
    Hugs, Julia

  3. Your article is great. Great gift ideas and reminder to use garden things for decorations. Happy New Week Carla. xoxo

  4. Thanks for sharing your great article with us, Carla! I love reading your column. That picture is dreamy, too, warm and colorful on a chilly, gray November day! xo

  5. I think it's super-cool that you have your own column. This is a great one because it gives us thoughtful gift ideas for the gardeners in our lives. Thanks for sharing your column with us each month. I enjoy reading them!

  6. Good information. Very good ideas for wreath making!

  7. That was a great read. So many great gift ideas!

  8. I still like reading the Old Farmers almanac even though I dont garden much anymore. Janice

  9. This is such a great article!! So many good tips and ideas!

  10. Good idea on the bulbs! I may gift myself, lol. We've pretty much stop exchanging gifts as everyone is older and get's what they want when they want to. Was out blog walking this am, and spotted you on a mutual friends blog, so thought I'd pop in to say hi. It's always fun to meet new bloggers. Wish I had something left in my yard to harvest to make decorations, but everything is long gone. Between the cold weather and the rain, things are just brown and ugly.

  11. Well I have a black thumb -- in fact two of them -- but my TG on a whim late this past summer put in some tomato plants on the side of the house and they are still yielding gorgeous little tomatoes that (to me) are like candy! He might really enjoy that book by Niki Jabbour but he's already buried under a stack of books and I'm reluctant to add another volume. BUT I think Joanna Gaines's book might be great for Dagny or even my older grands, and I will consider buying someone a copy! Thanks for the advice. xoxo

  12. What a wonderful article you wrote, Carla. It's very informative with lots of tips. And that's nice of you to offer the flower subscription to people who love gardening but no longer can. I wish you many special days this Christmas season, and I hope you get a few nice surprises along the way. You so deserve all the goodness that comes your way, Carla.


  13. That is a good article.

    All the best Jan

  14. Such wonderful ideas! I am going to check out Niki Jabbour's book for a birthday gift for Cliff!


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