I love the compact and comfortable Dramm ColorPoint Hand Pruner
Gardeners can be a challenge to buy for, but there’s always something out there for them. Gloves make great stocking stuffers along with hand pruners and maybe a few packs of seeds. Here are some great ideas for the gardener in your life.
The Gardener’s Garden retails for almost $80, but it’s worth every penny. This amazing coffee table book is filled with the greatest gardens in the world. I’ve spent hours carefully examining this wonderful book and have got lots of ideas for my own garden.
Atlas Garden Gloves are inexpensive and are a great choice for that stocking stuffer. They can be find locally at most good nurseries. I know for sure they have them at Hahn Nursery
George Wiegel’s Pennsylvania Getting Started Garden Guide (Cool Springs Press, $24.95) is not only great for beginners, the book is an essential resource for experienced gardeners too. It’s filled with great regional information about growing just about anything including flowers, shrubs, trees, vines and ground covers. Besides being an encyclopedia of plants, the author includes favorite varieties, many of which he’s grown himself over his long gardening career. It’s the perfect book to enjoy by the fireplace planning for next year’s garden. Get a copy here
Winter is a tough time for anyone who loves to get their hands dirty. If you know an adventurous gardener who likes to cook, try growing mushrooms indoors. It’s fun and easy and the mushrooms are delicious. The Shiitake Mushroom Kit is $19.95 and comes with two small logs inoculated with mushroom spores. They will grow just about anywhere inside. If you can keep a houseplant alive, you can grow mushrooms. Treat your foodie the the freshest mushrooms, available from Gourmet Mushrooms
Gardeners are always on the look out for tools, and good ones will last a lifetime or even longer. The stainless steel potting scoop from Joseph Bentley Tools is great for moving planting mix. The business end is made of polished stainless steel and the handle is quality contoured oak. I’ve got one in my potting shed used for starting seeds, potting up plants, filling up containers and other chores too. The tool is perfectly sized, filling a six inch pot with one scoop. At $15.99 it’s a bargain and is available at independent garden centers, Home Depot and through Amazon.
Dramm makes a wide variety of gardening accessories, many of them in cool colors. Their Touch ’N Flow Pro Rain Wand makes watering easy. A soft stream of water won’t overwhelm the plants and the tool has a lifetime warranty. The Rain Wand comes three lengths. There’s a version that’s 16 inches long and 30. If the garden is filled with hanging baskets, the 36 inch version will make watering safe and easy. The smallest retails for about $20 and go to $28 for the biggest. I also love their Colorpoint pruners. They are small, colorful and indestructible, what else do you need to know.
Dramm products are available at independent garden centers and hardware stores and through Amazon of here
Radius Garden Tools are all built with wonderful ergonomic handles and are virtually indestructible. Their PRO Edger uses a large “O” handle, like many of their tools. The edger is an essential tool for any gardener. The tool makes all the difference in making a clean line between garden and lawn. The Pro Edger has a sharp semicircular stainless steel blade, is lightweight, balanced and offers an encased steel core shaft which is most probably unbreakable. For around $50, it’s a steal. Radius products are available locally at garden centers and online here
My son gave me a Plant Nanny last Christmas and I love it. It’s a terra cotta watering stake which uses recycled wine bottles to water your plants. There’s also a version which uses plastic bottles.
The bottle is filled with water and just dropped into the Plant Nanny. It will slowly release the water into the pot. Great if you’re out of town and can’t get anyone to water you’re precious houseplants. The product also works for outdoor containers. (sans freezing temperatures). A set of four is under $20. You can find the product locally by typing a zip code into the dealer locator here
Cole’s Wild Bird Feed offers some of the best seed and other products to keep the birds happy in the winter. Once they find the bird seed, and you keep the feeder full, they will use the area on their foraging routes this spring. Since birds eat lots of bugs too, we take care of them in the winter, they take care of us when things warm up. Hot Meats are seeds covered with a hot pepper concoction which the squirrels detest, but the birds can’t taste. I use it in areas where I can’t keep the squirrels of the feeders. The Blue Ribbon Blend is a real treat for the birds, filled with a mixture of their favorites. You can find their products locally by searching their web site