Ten Gifts for Veggie Gardeners

by Patrick on November 25, 2012

We are all more than aware we have been witnessing an explosion of victory gardens for the fourth time in the history of our Grand Republic. So with the all this veggie craze fever, it has been a pleasure all year looking for gifts suitable for all the vegetable gardeners in your life.

 

There’s nothing like the reward of starting your own heirloom vegetable seedlings under lights in January to kick off the gardening year. From the Greenhouse Megastore comes the Indoor Starter Kit Plus (Around $120 )which includes a 4′ grow light patented stand, essential heat mat and moisture dome.that gets your endorphins rollicking as you dream of your impending bounty. Just image 24 six packs of heirloom veggies for your garden but must do your research for best results.

And I can think of no better way to get those seedlings off to a organically fast start that composting your kitchen scraps with the help of red worms even in your own apartment!  The Worm Factory 360 6 Tray from mastergardening.com may turn out to be your new favorite garden tool.  At the tidy investment of $129.95, top dressings of the richest free compost throughout the season will render a harvest of the highest yielding quality organic you could have ever imagine.

Now where would be a great place to use your black gold than a container that mimics how potatoes are grown in the open field. Potatoes starts are grown in a trench and as the plant grows, soil is brought in to gradually to fill in the trench for maximum.yield. The same effect can be used in the Potato Grow Bag from Gardener’s Supply Company

 

Let’s keep your imagination stirring with the concept of sitting at your patio table enjoying looking at pansies while harvesting carrots directly from an outdoor wall to your plate?  Woolly Pocket Planter ($40.00) allows you to do just that with the smallest amount of hard labor on your part. This absolutely brilliant all-American design breakthrough also has the added benefit of being made from 100% recycled plastic bottles that are fashioned into soft pockets that easily accommodate drip irrigation.

This is but one example of a revolutionary movement known as edible landscaping. While thought of by some  as a new trend. the term was coined by the author Rosalind Creasy in her groundbreaking book Edible Landscaping  in 1982. The revised edition was published to much fanfare in 2010 at the price of $27.00.

Both novice and seasoned gardeners often forget an important tstage in the  development of hardy transplants. One cannot transition newly grown plants from your basement to the garden bed without compromising the finished quality.  The premiere Kinsman Garden Company vendors its Cold Frame and Automatic Opener at a list price of around $180. This essential tool hardens off new transplants so they are better prepared to thrive in what may be a challenging environment as they are planted in the open garden.

Now a cold frame is more than just a tool to get your piece of nirvana on earth off and running faster than your neighbors. It’s a weapon that even in the most limiting scenario could allow you to grow veggies all year long. Try my favorite crop ,mescaline, which is a crisp salad mix including small leaves of arugula, lettuce, spinach and Swiss chard. Pick up a copy of the cold frame bible Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long ($17.00) for further inspiration.

The Territorial Seed Company is an unheralded family owned seed and supplier one of my favorites. The Urban Jungle Veggie Garden Basket ($98.95)is a soup-to-nuts package specifically designed for apartment dwellers or other tight areas. Ten compact growing seeds, three hanging sock baskets, multi-purpose tool and seed supplies. Yes, WOW.

aHa Modern Living  is a spunky little company offering s many unique  gifts like The Gardener’s Multi Tool.  This could be a great stocking stuffer absurdly priced at only $10.50. With essential tools like a bottle opener and corkscrew, this small pruner is both functional and just plain fun.

 

 

Now let’s stay in the tool shed to introduce you to the Transplanting Trowel with Bottle Opener ($46.75 )from the appropriately named Garden Tool Company. Most of us know how good a Budweiser tastes at the end of a hard days labor but what if you get the crave while you’re in the garden? Just open up your cooler and grab a cold one and open it up with the bestl dual-purpose trowel in your cadre of hand tools. While expensive, this is but one example where convenience has its price in life.

 

 

So let’s not lose a fine opportunity to help some kids jump start into our brotherhood of gardeners by gifting in tandem the bottle opener trowel with the Kid’s Trowel and Fork Set ($32.00). Made with the same high-quality materials, you can be sure it will be around to pass from child to child in even your extended family or to good friends.

I hope this bevy of gifts for the vegetable gardeners in your life helps you start to noodle possible Santa gifts. While some may at first blush seem expensive, think of them as investments that will pay for themselves in quick order. I can think of no better gift than to give a loved one valuable tools to improve the yield of fresh, organic vegetables for their families. And I give you permission to Santa bag some of these beautiful gifts for yourself. I also give you permission to make mistakes in your progression into a master gardener vegetable grower. Here’s wishing you a Merry Christmas and higher yields of your precious veggies!

 

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Donna November 26, 2012 at 7:44 am

You found some really great gift ideas. That garden cover is really classy. The bottle opener gave me a chuckle. Seems like for the lazy gardener.

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Patrick November 28, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Yes I believe the screened in planter would look very stylish on a large patio. And the frost cover could really extend the season. I’m thinking mescaline???

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Patrick November 26, 2012 at 8:19 am

Always glad to evoke a chuckle from my readers. Don’t agree about lazy gardeners because hard work can make one thirsty too.

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Kate November 26, 2012 at 9:54 am

Hi Patrick!
The multi-tool with the corkscrew kills me! I do like my wine and it’s the only thing in my price range. Love those covered benches. That’s a great idea. If they had casters on the legs to move them around with the seasons, they’d be perfect.

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Patrick November 26, 2012 at 10:50 am

Yes, I love the corkscrew on the multi-tool and the price is some type of wonderful for the money for stocking stuffers. The covered planters are the ultimate in style.

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sensible gardening November 29, 2012 at 10:19 am

Love the trowel slash bottle opener. Maybe if I gift one to my husband he’ll have more interest in the gardening chores.

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Patrick November 29, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Only issue with the beer access built in is at nearly $50.00, it’s certainly not a beer drinker’s budget item. I think you’re hubby will want you to use it inside.

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catmint December 3, 2012 at 5:00 am

dear patrick, this is my first visit to your blog, and I am so pleased to ‘meet’ you. Your story is very moving, and I look forward to following your blog and sharing garden experiences. very cool and unusual things for presents.Like Kate, my favourite is the multi purpose tool. It looks like very strange and futuristic, I love it. cheers, catmint

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Patrick December 8, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Dear Catmint (BTW, love the name),
Great to hear of a fan of the blog. Yes that multi-tool looks like a poor man’s Bond piece.

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Carolyn December 8, 2012 at 8:03 am

I’m chuckling over that Worm Hotel… cozy. Then I realized that it was a composter… great idea!

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Patrick December 8, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Can’t wait to see my first worms in the mail

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Rick December 10, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Hi Patrick [took me a little work to find you again],

Some interesting gift ideas here (perhaps I’ll leave your blog up for my wife to (accidentally) see ;>) The only cold frame I’ve ever had was home-made – recycled planks set on their side covered with old window frames (with glass, of course) – did the trick though.

I trust you’ll have a wonderful Christmas.

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Patrick December 10, 2012 at 9:16 pm

I admire someone who can make a useful tool out of recycled materials. Now use the automatic door opener to make it it even better. And back a merry Christmas back to you as well .

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PlantPostings December 10, 2012 at 7:33 pm

Great ideas, Patrick! I especially enjoyed the trowel/bottle opener–I love multipurpose tools! Thanks for the ideas!

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Patrick December 10, 2012 at 9:34 pm

You I hope you will useful the tools to make you at least a better and more joyful gardener.

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