Since a good garden depends on good tools, consider well-crafted, sturdy tools. A quality pair of pruners, for example, will serve a gardener well for many, many years. Trowels, shovels and garden knives are also very desirable. I use my Japanese fishing knife more than any other tool. A tool belt or tool box to store tools is also a good idea. A moisture meter makes the perfect stocking stuffer.
Consider how a gardener grows plants. Pretty pots are always welcome. For starting plants this spring, a heat mat makes germinating seeds a snap. A desk grow light brings a touch of greenery to a workspace or dimly-lit room. A miniature conservatory also makes a delightful showcase for small houseplants and helps keep care to a minimum. These are extremely popular for growing orchids and other tropical plants. New this year are small moss terrariums made from recycled wine bottles.
Books about a gardener's favorite subject--such as growing orchids or vegetable growing--make thoughtful presents.
For the family bird watcher there's a wide array of feeders, birdhouses and birdbaths. A hummingbird feeder may be especially appreciated.
For budding gardeners, there are many child-size tools such shovels, trowels and gloves. Among the many kits that caught my eye this season are fairy tale seed tins. They hold seeds for Cinderella's pumpkin, Jack's beans or the princess's peas. I'm not quite sure the results will equal the stuff of legends but if these kits plant a seed of inquiry, they're worth it.
Products are courtesy of Tagawa Gardens.
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