Gift ideas for gardeners. Looking for gift ideas for the gardening enthusiast in your life? Here are some ideas for under the Christmas tree!
I LOVE gardening… but by August, I’m DONE because the Spring and Summer months can be overwhelming and intense. But once December rolls around, I’m usually dreaming of the next year. I actually just started a small hydroponics garden for lettuce in my kitchen using mason jars because I was starting to get ‘the itch.’ Needless to say, December is when many of us have started to plan for next year’s garden or we’re trying to find ways to do some indoor gardening. It’s a GREAT time to find a clever gift for your favorite gardener. Here are some ideas.
Best Gifts For Gardeners
Looking for a gift for a friend or family member who loves gardening? Here are some gift ideas for all the gardeners on your list.
Seeds make GREAT stocking stuffers or gifts. For those of us who love attracting pollinators to our gardens, or who simply enjoy beautiful flowers, this collection of milkweed seeds is SUPER exciting. I planted some of each this Fall in hopes they'll come up early in the Spring. Milkweed is one of my favorite flowers to grow because I end up with lots of butterflies.
THIS BOOK IS A MUST HAVE! It guides you through week by week about tasks you can do in your garden, even during the winter months. There's tons of great information in this book to teach you about gardening or give you tips. It's a great way to get organized.
I bought one of these last year with a bit of reservation- COULD IT BE TRUE? Would it make my job easier?! I don't mind weeding, but it often gets out of control because I don't have time to weed daily. After using it for a few months, I can give it a mixed review. For my garden, it didn't work great- I'm going to try again next year and make some adjustments. I use a lot of wood chip mulch and it's not a very level surface so the robot got stuck between hills of chips. I am going to try to put down a level layer of compost on one section of my garden next year to see if it works better. I'm hopefully. It DOES NOT 'weed' though... it cuts the weeds down and lets them drop where they lay. This actually worked better than I expected... it would get stuck in a small zone and that area would be 100% weed free. But... it was a 2'x2' area. Haha.
This weeding tool is excellent for pulling up weeds with a big taproot and thorns like thistle (the bane of my existence). It DOES make it a lot easier, although weeding by hand is easier for grass type weeds. I wish I'd gotten the bag too.
These grow bags are pretty decent... I'm not sure they can grow potatoes as effectively as stated as they aren't huge (I didn't have any luck), but I think they'd work well for other plants. I bought this set last year and they still look great despite being out in the rain and sun. I emptied them, shook the dirt off a bit, and folded them away for next year. I like that they are easy to store.
Honestly, I'm a horrible indoor gardener. I started using the Planta app to remind me to water my plants because I tend to either over water or underwater them. I really like this indoor drip irrigation kit. It's not perfect, but it works (I find it really hard to figure out the settings). I think I prefer the bigger self watering windowsill pots, but it's a good option if you love the pots you have.
Y'all. Someone needs to buy me this for Christmas. I forgot to put it on my wish list this year- doh. Obviously these are a terrible idea for dry areas (don't start a forest fire in CA please) but for my area, a flame weeder is an option, as long as I practice good fire safety. After a rain storm, you can go out to the garden and burn away weeds. SO AWESOME. Apparently this also works for melting snow on sidewalks and such. I haven't actually used one yet so bear that in mind and make sure to read the safety tips and manual.
I got a few packs of these and LOVE them. They go around your saplings (baby trees) and absorb water when it rains or snows. When the tree needs the water, it can absorb it from the bag. Essentially, there's water beads inside the bags. It's a pretty neat option if your trees are far from the hose.
Another great option as a stocking stuffer! We love seeds. All the seeds. This produces a HUGE variety of sunflowers and the seeds are all mixed together so you have to wait and see what pops up. I loved it, but if your gardener hates chaos you may want to find a seed set that isn't mixed together. It was ABSOLUTELY STUNNING in my garden though.
These heating mats are excellent for starting seeds indoors. They increase the speed at which some seeds germinate in the soil. My son and I did a really fun science experiment one year to track which seeds
I have the basic version of this, but I need to buy this particular version for next year. I prefer to have two exits so I can run a hose to other areas for normal stuff without disconnecting my garden. I LOVE having a watering timer... it makes things easier if I want to go on vacation or if I'm sick.
This is another of my FAVORITE books. It's a fantastic guide to growing fruit and has lots of information on fruit trees and fruit bushes. I don't own it yet, but I keep hoping someone will buy it for me for Christmas... I borrowed it from the library once and absolutely DEVOURED the book (pun intended).
Worms and worm bins make the BEST compost... but these aren't for the faint of heart. I have a blog post about worm bins on my blog so you can read about my experience, but I had SUCH amazing luck with everything I grew in the worm compost.
THIS is how you're supposed to water a garden. I haven't gotten one setup yet but I REALLY need to. Drip irrigation is the best way to water your garden because you send water directly to the base of the plant, rather than to the leaves (which can cause problems in some plants). I really need to get one setup for next planting season.... I have SUCH a long to-do list.
If they'd like a cool spot in their garden to sit, or need a shade for one of their plants, this is a great option. And yes, sometimes plants need shade. Usually you grow those plants under bigger plants, but when you're just starting a new garden that isn't always possible.
Blank envelopes may not seem like much, but they're a great stocking stuffer and enable your gardener to save seeds each year from their crop. They can decorate their envelopes and get creative as they want!
The idea behind an aquaponics system is that it’s a self sustainable system. It’s supposed to act like the natural environment where everything is in balance. There are lots of options for these and they’re DEFINITELY a realistic project to DIY.
But you can also buy a setup. These setups allow you to keep your fish and also a small garden area over the fish tank… there’s a grow light and a water pump that cycles dirty water into the plants.
Now, feel free to go for the gold and setup a huge one in the backyard greenhouse with tilapia, chickens, goats, and a whole ecosystem like something from a scifi movie (my dream setup)… but for those with limited funds, these indoor setups are pretty neat.
This specially designed plant rooting equipment can help your cuttings get stronger roots. The more mature plants can be propagated faster than conventional propagation methods. It allows you to view the results within 6-8 weeks after installation.
Features practical and money-saving information on cutting energy costs; using renewable energy; organic gardening; green home building and remodeling; fun do-it-yourself projects; and conscientious, self-sufficient lifestyles
Includes every basic garden tool you need for gardening, including a pruner, weeder, trowel, cultivator, hand rake, and transplanter. Perfect for all kinds of gardening needs. Plus, it keeps everything in one handy place with a storage tote bag.
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