Gardeners can have strange ideas of what makes the perfect gift. For our anniversary last year my husband wanted to know what sort of a gift he should be considering. It was our 15th anniversary and the traditional gift is crystal of some sort. He knew that wouldn’t make my eyes sparkle, so what would? When I asked for a huge load of organic manure he said “are you sure?” I was completely sure and thrilled when it arrived.
With that in mind, you might be wondering how to thrill and delight the gardener in your life this year. To give you a helping hand I turned to some seasoned gardeners to ask them what they would appreciate most as a gift. Not surprisingly the suggestions offered were practical with an emphasis on items that are more efficient and make work easier on the body.
Laura at You should Grow loves growing food (especially tomatoes). Her website is dedicated to teaching others how to grow a healthy and productive garden. She’ll teach you about starting a garden from scratch all the way through to preserving the harvest. When I asked her what single item she would like for her garden this year she told me: ” I would love racks and lights for indoor gardening. We’re working on our tomato projects year-round and have dedicated a small bedroom just for indoor gardening. I’d love to have racks with grow lights lining all the walls!”
Indoor grow light systems are really useful. Not only can you grow food in the wintertime but it’s the perfect way to start your seeds in the spring. The Indoor Grow Light, 3-Tier Stand SunLite Light Garden With Plant Trays comes with everything you need to get started.
You can find the Indoor Grow Light, 3-Tier Stand SunLite Light Garden With Plant Trays system here.
Terri, author and blogger at Homestead Honey lives completely off grid, in a 350SQ FT home and she home schools her kids. She is also a dedicated gardener who shares honest and practical insights that every gardener can appreciate! When I asked her what her big wish item was for the garden she said without hesitation “a Broadfork to aerate the soil and prep a bed in less time”.
Broadforks are making a comeback and for good reason! They are simple to use. Using your body weight you step on the crossbar, first on the left then on the right until the tines are completely set in the soil. The soil is loosened by pulling the handles back and working them back and forth in a sort of a rowing motion. Using the tool requires minimal effort so you can work through a garden bed quickly and efficiently. The big benefit of using a broadfork is that it gently aerates the soil leaving all of the precious living microbes, worms and such alive and healthy.
The Treadlite Broadfork. It’s All American made using high strength alloy steel. The weight of the Treadlite starts at only 10 lbs which is really important, especially for women. You can buy the Treadlite Broadfork here.
Annie from Country Living in a Cariboo Valley spends a lot of time working in gardens and she knows a thing or two about weeding. At her farm they grow a lot of garlic (50,000 cloves planted this fall). They sell and ship their garlic Canada wide! When I asked her what tool she considers essential in the garden she immediately suggested A Push-Pull Hoe. She said ” I don’t know why we have about 10 hoes sitting around because this is the ONLY one I ever use. I love it”.
What makes this hoe special is that the v-shaped head on the Hoe allows you to weed with a push-pull motion. This is much more effective than repeatedly lifting and impacting the soil with a traditional hoe. It is also far easier on your shoulders and back. It’s simple to use. Simply push the hoe forward to cut a weed at the root then pull the hoe backward to displace the entire weed. It also works as a scuffle hoe. The push-pull motion makes it easy to skim the surface of the soil eliminating small surface weeds. You can buy the Hoss Push Pull Hoe Here.
Heidi, gardener, natural living enthusiast and writer for Healing Harvest Homestead is wishing for a garden seat/kneeler under the Christmas tree. ” I am a mid-life gardener and sometimes I have trouble with my knees. I end up bending over from the waist a lot. This gardening seat would make gardening easier on my body”.
The Ohuhu Garden Kneeler is nice because you can use it as a kneeler or a stool. It also folds up for storage and comes with storage pouches. It’s also really strong and can hold up to 330lbs. You can buy the Ohuhu Garden Kneeler here.
Marie from Just Plain Living By Marie is passionate about creating a life that is both self-reliant and sustainable. In addition to information about self sufficiency you’ll find plenty of gardening and food storage tips. When I asked her what she needed most for her new garden she told me: “Now that we’re living in town and I can’t have a big compost pile, I want a nice, attractive tumbling composter”.
The Easy spin ComposTumbler is perfect for the back yard urban garden. It’s been designed to fit on on decks/porches or neatly tucked by the side of the house or garage. It holds up to four bushels of compostable material and once you learn the fundamentals of composting you can be making your own beautiful compost in as little as 4-6 weeks. You can buy the Mantis Easy Spin ComposTumbler here.
When I asked Dana, homesteading guru from Piwakawaka Valley what she though the perfect gift would be she suggested “Oh I would love a couple of truck loads of mulch. It saves me weeks of weeding over the year and enriches the soil at the same time”. It is true, every gardener can use more mulch & manure! They are key elements to the successful garden.
If you have a gardener with a deep desire for better soil in the garden then perhaps a gift certificate to their favourite garden supplier might be the ticket or just have a huge delivery of manure dropped off at the door and holler “surprise”!
You can also pick up compost teas like this Buffaloam Organic Compost Tea that comes from the Diamond Tail Ranch in Northern Colorado.
Jenna from The Flip Flop Barnyard is a looking forward to getting the Baker Creek Whole Seed Catalogue in her Christmas stocking this year. There’s no better way to spend a winters evening than snuggled up in front of the fireplace flipping through the Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds catalogue. For $9.99 plus shipping you get a 365 page full colour catalogue featuring over 18,000 of the very best heirloom seeds. It’s packed with great information and often highlights newly discovered seeds. You can buy it direct or in the US you can find it at a variety of retail locations including Barnes and Noble, Tractor Supply, Dollar General and more!
A gift certificate and perhaps a few special packets of seeds would also be nice! You can buy the Whole Seed Catalogue Here.