Choosing a relevant garden and greenhouse gift for horticulture enthusiasts can be tough and a Colorado newspaper has looked at whether it is acceptable to give manure as a present.
According to the Daily Camera, most growers are likely to be slightly embarrassed about asking for such a gift, noting that there is a stigma attached to associations with the substance.
Handing over a batch of well-rotted manure at Christmas might seem a tad odd, but it will likely come in very handy and is better than choosing a plant that the grower might not like.
However, the article noted that giving dung is perhaps not the best etiquette and suggested a number of alternative gifts for botany fans.
Signing the recipient up for a gardening workshop at one of the Colorado State University Extension offices could help them pick up valuable tips and costs just $65.
Growers are sure to pick up gardening tips and benefit from a day spent with like-minded individuals.
Meanwhile, the Savannah Morning News has suggested that gardeners should be gathering up their tools and packing them away for winter.