Here is my list of gifts for the Gardener that they will actually use. This isn’t a “pretty list” from some editor that has never gardened in his or her life. You aren’t going to find gardening aprons ( no “real” gardener wears an apron it would get caught under the knees upon kneeling down) and no oilskinned tool bags. This is a list of real tools and products that any gardener can’t do without.
Felco models are consistently priced, well known, and widely beloved among gardeners, many have kept their Felco 2s for a decade or more. You will need a leather holster for your felco pruners. You can hook it to the other side of this heavy duty garden waist tool belt holder. Otherwise, you will find them somewhere in the yard ( You can stash your garden tape ,copper plant labels ( a must particularly if you have roses) and much more. I guarantee you will forget that favorite roses name. A good pair of bypass telescoping loppers are a must the wolf garten is highly rated. I would recommend buying the best you can afford. These things break easily and require hard use. If you have trees (who doesn’t) you need a good extendable stick pruner (we have this one) Milorganite is my go to organic fertilizer (it is sewer sludge). I have become a lazy gardener and pretty much use it on everything now. You will need a pair of rose pruning gloves (if you have roses) and a great pair of basic garden gloves. I have tried a bunch and these are my favorites. The atlas nitril tough gloves are cheap and flexible enough to actually work in. Every gardener who is worth his weight in salt has a compost bin (I have this one). It isn’t perfect but it doesn’t have a bunch of moving parts that can break easlily.
If you run across a list that says it is an unusual one of a kind list for the gardener in your life, run don’t walk away from that list. A truckload of aged manure or compost is a gardeners’ chocolate. I used to load up my SUV with bags of manure whenever I found them on sale and then pick my kids up from school…you can imagine the conversation. You might find some pretty waxed oilskin tool bag for tools on every gifts for gardeners list but to be honest, the best gadget is a five-gallon plastic bucket. Garden clogs are a regular on many of these lists. I got suckered into buying a pair one year. If you have pea gravel walkways the gravel makes its way inside the clogs and you are walking on gravel all day. Sorry, a good old pair of tennies wins out in my book. If you don’t see anything on my list that appeals to you, tickets to a garden tour will please any gardener.
For fun here is a list of Summers picks for aspiring kid gardeners.
We know Summer is going to love to garden. Her mother for the record said she was never going to have a compost heap (too disgusting). She now has a beautiful garden of her own and yep she composts. It is never too early grandmas ! Check out Summers list.
Top left Muncha, Muncha, Muncha by Candice Fleming, a little red wheelbarrow, kids gardening gloves, kids gardening tools, oh say can you seed by Dr. Seus, dragon gardening boots,the garden of abdul gasazi (one of my kids favs when they were young and still a classic), a monogrammed apron (to make them feel special that can double in the kitchen), think baby 50 Sunscreen, UPF 50 kids garden hat, heirloom garden seeds for kids, and kid size garden hand tools.
I am joining four other bloggers who are sharing their Christmas Gift Guides.
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