Ideas for Mom! As Seen on KDKA’s Pittsburgh Today Live

The Steel City Garden is the perfect gift for any "Yinzer" mom.

The Steel City Garden is the perfect gift for any “Yinzer” mom.


If your mom likes to garden, I’ve got lots of ideas for Mother’s Day.
Here’s a great little basket you can make yourself. Use a nice planting container and fill it with gloves, some hand tools, hummingbird feeder, some herbs or anything else you know your mom could use.
You can never go wrong with a nice, big hanging basket. They are easy to take care of and should bloom all summer.
I love to give things which come back year after year. Azaleas are a traditional hardy shrub which would bloom each spring, reminding mom, who gave her the special gift. Lilacs, perennials like hellebores and others will bloom year after year.
But the most important thing to give mom is some help in the garden. When she gets any gift to be planted, offer to do the work under her supervision. It will be fun to spend some quality time with her.
Add a bag of good organic fertilizer like Gardentone to her gifts, she can use that all summer.
Find a plant, statue or seeds of something she loves.
I often use the art of “listening without listening.” Stare blankly at the television as she pours her soul out explaining everything she could ever want in the garden. Even though you pretend to ignore, each idea is carefully saved in your steel trap mind. Thoughtful gifts, regardless of what they are, are always the best.
How about a signed copy of The Steel City Garden on sale for only $15 with free shipping. Let me know what you’d like me to say to her.

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