Are you planning gifts for gardening enthusiasts? Here are some fun and practical that will help your beloved gardener start the new year off right.
To get you started, here’s a list of great tool ideas for gardeners. Gardeners will love hori hori, seeding tools, nitrile-palmed gloves, buckets and bags to organize tools, small wheelbarrows, kneeling pads and seats, broadforks, to name a few.
Japanese or Italian steel-bladed tools are of high quality. Japanese tools are beautiful, ergonomic, and durable. Simple designs are helpful in keeping your tools clean. Wooden handles are beautiful, but often break down faster than plastic-handled tools. It is always worth investing in a better quality tool that can last generations.
Besides cutting and aerating tools, watering cans, rain barrels, and drip irrigation systems might be on your gardener’s wish list. If your gardener has a small container garden, a watering can might be sufficient. Rain barrels, downspout diverters, and hoses are helpful for small gardens. (But check to see if your state and municipality allow them.) Drip irrigation and wicking supplies usually work better for large gardens and dry land garden systems.
In addition durable tools, there are many supplies that gardeners enjoy this time of year. Seeds, plant markers, pots and trays, heating mats, and grow lights extend capacity in the garden and are sure to be appreciated. Plant markers are great, especially reusable ones for seed starting and annuals. Metal markers are more durable and are useful with perennials. They can help your gardener remember what is what! Lights can help the gardener through the winter or starting seeds in the spring. Look for low energy lights to grow under.
Seeds, plant markers, pots and trays, heating mats, and grow lights extend capacity in the garden and are sure to be appreciated. Plant markers are great, especially reusable ones for seed starting and annual.
Why not give your gardener unusual varieties and heirloom seeds? There are exciting discoveries and beautiful plant varieties found each year. Remember to check zone and light requirements for your gardener.
Soils and soil amendments might not be exciting to some gardeners, but there are a range of them to include in a fine gardening practice. Seaweeds and foliar feeds may be new to your gardener and helpful in creating beautiful, healthy plants in the summer. Seed starting soil blends along with trays, heat mats, seeds, and a grow light might be the perfect package gift. Why not put them together in a harvest basket?
Besides these, a small greenhouse or wrap (also called a fleece) might be perfect for starting seeds or protecting a Garden Tower.
Books, Calendars, and Apps
Every gardener should have access to information. Here are some great books to give to your gardener.
Thomas J. Elpel’s, Botany in a Day is a great little book and its just as fun as his children’s book: Shanleya’s Quest: A Botany Adventure for Kids Ages 9 to 99.
Suzanne Ashworth’s Seed to Seed is a great primer on seed saving, care, and starting.
For those interested in permaculture, Toby Hemenway’s Gaia’s Garden is great book for beginners. Peter Bane’s The Permaculture Handbook is a dense and practical approach to suburban permaculture practice. (Truth be told, Peter Bane has been a mentor and colleague for the past ten years.) Rosemary Morrow’s Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture is also full of practical approaches to permaculture design.
Maria Thun’s Gardening for Life: The Biodynamic Way is a classic, although esoteric, introduction to this particular approach to gardening.
Every gardener needs access to a calendar. Many people swear by the Farmer’s Almanac. The land grant university in your state probably has an online calendar or planting guide accessible through their extension office. Here’s an example: Missouri Besides informational calendars, gardening journals to help a gardener plan, observe, and record the garden’s yearly activities are a thoughtful offering.
Apps are popular and several are designed to help you know when to plant and to help you choose plants that will suit your garden space. Apps can even help you imagine what your designed space will look like through the season. You could give your gardener a gift certificate for the app store to round out a gift.
Remember, gardening not only produces beauty and food, but health and well-being in a gardening friend. What better gift could you give someone in the holiday season?