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!