Let's not rush the seasons. I just harvested the last of the peppers and a few more tomatoes today!
But since the stores are already putting the Christmas candy out right next to the Halloween goodies, I decided it isn't too early to provide a list of gift suggestions for other gardeners. I've included only items I already own and have experience using and any links to sources are provided freely without compensation to me in any way.
A Gardening Geek's Guide to Gift Giving
1. Felco pruners. It is so much easier to dead head, gather flowers to bring indoors, or cut back that occasional stray or dead branch when you have a good, sharp pair of pruners. I personally use a No. 8 Felco pruner, and I own the holster, too.
2. Hand digging hoe. This is still my tool of choice for digging out sod or hoeing up a small area. If you get one, remember the good ones are nice and sharp.
3. Cape Cod Weeder. I once thought the hand digging hoe was "it" for weeding in the flower beds until Annie in Austin tipped me off about the Cape Cod Weeder. I had to try it, because there are very few gardening tools I won't try at least once. I'm glad I did because now it's my favorite tool for weeding.
4. A good trowel. I've mentioned before that any hobby or vocation involving tools is much more enjoyable if you use well-made tools, and gardening is no exception. If you can splurge, get a good trowel, one that won't bend or rest, and is easy on the hands. It doesn't have to be this one, but get a good one. And while you are at it, get a matching hand cultivator.
5. Hand scrubbing brushes. If you like to garden bare-handed, these brushes really do a good job of getting the ground dirt off your hands.
6. Garden trug. Yolanda Elizabet has the trug I really want, but this one that I have is good for carrying a big load of vegetables in from the garden. (If you go to that site, you'll have to enter "garden trug" in the search to find it, no direct link was available). Since this trug is made of plastic, it is easy to keep clean. Mine is over ten years old and seems to be indestructible.
7. Garden clogs. I got my first pair of these garden clogs 15 years ago, long before anyone had ever heard of Crocs. Now I have three pair and don't ever want to go without them. And yes, for me, this is the only brand, the one with the plaid insert!
8. A chipper/shredder. I was very happy to find this electric model last year, as I hated the gas-powered one that I had before this one. It's easy to roll around to wherever you want to use it, easy to use, and easy to store. If you have a lot of garden refuse and compost bins, you might also enjoy an afternoon or two of chipping and shredding.
9. A garden journal. Yes, a simple notebook would work for a garden journal, and if you aren't sure you'll keep up a journal, get a simple notebook. But if you keep a garden journal already or think you would faithfully update one, consider this one. It has room for ten years worth of notes, so it is easy to compare what you did from year to year. I started mine in 2001 and so in a few years, I'm going to need another one.
10. A good hoe. Don't make me choose which hoe is the perfect hoe to give a gardener. They all are good in their own way. If you really want to give someone a hoe, or want to buy one for yourself, leave me a comment or send me an email on what type of gardening you do, and I'll be happy to make some suggestions.
So there you have it, some of my ideas for gifts for the gardener, based on my own experience and what I use in the garden. I'm not in cahoots with any of these companies that I've linked to, I just like these things for gardening and thought others might, too.
Now I need to think about what I don't have so I can come up with a list to give my family. Any suggestions? What gift would you give a gardener for Christmas?
Tomorrow... hand made gifts for gardeners, that anyone can make.)