5 Great Gifts for Garden Enthusiasts

indoor herb garden

TerraCotta planter from Wheatgrass Kits. com

Is there a gardener on your list who is suffering from off-season withdrawal? I know just how they feel. Already I yearn to dig in the earth, plant green seedlings, and plan my dinner based on what is ripe in the garden. Sadly the earth is frozen, seedlings wouldn’t be happy, and dinner will have to be planned based on what I put up in jars. But these gifts will go a long way towards giving your gardener some holiday hope and optimism.

 

Cast Iron Row Markers: These old-fashioned row markers add charm to any garden, and come with 75 feet of jute to mark each row. Row markers help to keep the garden organized, but are something gardeners hardly ever purchase for themselves. I am not sure why, but would love to own these markers myself.

 

Pruners: Not just any pruners, these pruners from Cutco are the crème del la crème of garden pruners. They cut through anything, but feel good in the hand, even arthritic hands! They may be a little pricy, but worth every dime. Be careful if there are children around though, they are sharp!

 

Earthboxes: There are many container gardening systems out there now, and I have used most of them. But I always go back to my Earthboxes. I still am using some that I purchased almost 20 years ago. I’ve grown herbs, lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, and Brussels sprouts on the deck in these boxes. They are light weight, easy to use, and very affordable. They look great on the deck and even come in a variety of sizes and colors. Earthboxes are a great solution for those who find it too difficult to get out into the garden anymore, for those who live in a small space, renters who can’t dig up space for a garden, and those of us who have run out of garden space elsewhere.

 

Indoor Herb Garden: Gardeners like to grow things, and this kit might just keep your gardener busy until spring. Fresh herbs are especially welcome during the winter, especially the herbs you can pick right on your windowsill. Wheatgrass Kits. com has several garden kits to choose from, all guaranteed to bring a bright spot of color to winter.

 

Olive Tree: Believe it or not, winter is often a time when gardeners stretch their skills and try growing something new. This olive tree from Vivaterra is a perfect challenge for the gardeners on everyone’s list. With a little luck and skill, by next winter it will be producing olives.

Note: These gift ideas are my own. No person or company paid for my opinion nor supplied me with free samples of these products.

 

by Renee Pottle

Renee Pottle, a freelance writer and Home Economist, is fanatic about all things food. She blogs about canning and food preservation at SeedToPantry.com. Find her professional food writing info at PenandProvisions.com.

December 4, 2013

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