Ten Gifts for the Discriminating Gardener 2013

by Patrick on December 14, 2013

A gardener goes through withdrawal as winter sets in but a well-chosen gardening gift can help regain their passion until the catalogs arrive.. So once again, it’s been a distinct pleasure to gather candidates throughout the year and select ten for your careful consideration. According to Florence Rodale in this year’s June/July issue of Organic Gardening, the Diamond Hoe ($76.75) is “an amazing tool made by Sneeboer, which cuts my weeding time in half”. This beautiful-to-behold Dutch import of hand-forged stainless steel has sharpened blades on all four sides. gardentoolcompany.com

Diamond_Hoe_by_Sneeboer_1s__38072.1336862696.1280.1280I’ve seen a lot of trowels in my life but none I would have declared a work of art; until now. The Fisher Blacksmithing Large Trowel ($52.00) is handcrafted by a Montanan blacksmith utilizing traditional tools and techniques. The hand-forged metal is set into a distinctive walnut handle to create a truly distinctive gift. fisherblacksmithing.com

large-trowel-updated Want a functional gift that can add to the overall aesthetics of your garden? Handcrafted in the USA, the World’s Coolest Rain Gauge (Starting at $44.95) is made entirely of solid copper, steel and blue polycarbonate tubing. As water flows into the copper collection flute, the blue measurement tube rises to show the water accumulation. worldscoolestrainguage.com.

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Since I was a child, I’ve been amazed at the gift from our Maker contained within a single seed. And I can think of no better presentation for passing along these gifts than the Hudson Valley Seed Library Art Packs. ($3.75)  “Plant the Seeds, Frame The Art” is their tag line and each heirloom variety is in a packet designed by a contemporary artist. seedlibrary.org

artpackburgundyokra The Orange Paisley Gloves with Arm Saver ($29.50) have to be the most fashionable garden accessory you will find for the lady gardener in your life. Features include a leather palm and sleeves that cinch around the elbow for scratch, insect bite and sun protection. womanswork.com

paisley_glove-copy   Another help-a-sista company, Green Heron Tools, is proud to offer the HERS Shovel-Spade ($57.99). Every feature is based on a woman’s body and her digging and soveling styles.  Three handle lengths are available based on the height of the gardener. greenherontools.com

hersshovel   While we’re still in the tool shed, Corona Tools USA is introducing its Convertible Forged Pruner/Lopper ($38.00).  The innovative handles flip out to convert the ease of a pruner into the power of a lopper. Left or right handled activation is accomplished with a centered lock. coronatoolsusa.com

pruner   Don’t you admire hanging baskets so full of plants, they appear as a round ball of energy?  Well to consistently create such an effect rely on the Pamela Crawford Side-Planted Basket ($24.95) The baskets are heavy-gauge steel, hand welded with a heavy plastic coating. The coco-fiber liners are fashioned with eight pre-cut holes for side plants. kinsmangarden.com  

pamelasideplanted   Also from Pamela Crawford is the book Easy Container Combos: Herbs and Flowers ($17.95). Declared by a reviewer as “the goddess of container gardening”, Crawford trialed many varieties and combinations in her pursuit to find those best suited to container culture. Also see her Easy Container Combos: Vegetables and Flowers ($7.98) where she trialed over 1,750 plants to find some killer combos.

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Before we go, here’s one more exciting read for the winter months. In famed author Amy Stewart’s The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks ($16.26), you can learn about 150 plants used for the creation of alcohol. Stewart has also been so kind as to include fifty unique drink recipes. Go to territorialseed.com for plants romanced in this engaging book.

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Well as you can see, I’ve been very diligent in my role as Santa for the gardeners in your life. And I won’t think anything less of you, if you Santa-bagged some for yourself.

Patrick's Garden

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Donna December 14, 2013 at 7:48 pm

The pruners are an interesting design, especially for those having problems with getting enough leverage to make a difficult cut.

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Patrick December 15, 2013 at 12:01 pm

The company provided me with a sample that really impressed me, Donna.

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Pauline December 15, 2013 at 2:15 am

What a good selection you found for us! There are a few that would be good to buy if only I could find them over here, especially the gauntlets for wearing when pruning the climbing roses!

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Patrick December 15, 2013 at 12:03 pm

I think you could put on your own little fashion show in the backyard with this bold print. May scare away some pests, too.

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snowbird December 15, 2013 at 11:42 am

I loved the gloves and that rain gauge!xxx

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Patrick December 15, 2013 at 11:55 am

Wish I could play Santa for you, sb.

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Jason December 15, 2013 at 3:08 pm

The rain gage looks cool.

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Patrick December 15, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Ageed.

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New Hampshire Gardener December 15, 2013 at 5:23 pm

When i was in business the tool I used more than any other was a hand mattock. They’re great for weeding, cultivating, chopping, digging, etc. If you don’t know about them you can see an example here: http://www.amleo.com/grounghog%2526reg%253B-mattock-tools-with-18-inch-handle/p/VP-XX18/
I like that rain gauge.

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Patrick January 17, 2014 at 3:57 pm

Will add to next year’s annual gift galore. Thanks, my friend.

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New Hampshire Gardener December 24, 2013 at 5:16 pm

Merry Christmas Patrick!

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Patrick January 17, 2014 at 3:59 pm

Hope you had a good one and best wishes for a fruitful new year, my dear friend.

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alistair January 4, 2014 at 7:33 am

hi patrick like jason i am impressed with the funky rain gauge.

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alistair January 4, 2014 at 7:33 am

hi patrick like jason i am impressed with the funky rain gauge.

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Patrick January 17, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Looks like it would be a big seller with wider distribution.

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