Gifts for the Avid Gardener

One thing that most gardeners have in common is a love for anything having to do with plants. Although that means there are tons of great gifts that are suitable, you may face a challenge when it comes to choosing the perfect gift a gardener.

Composting Equipment

Any avid gardener would love to be able to make their own compost. It gives them a constant supply of rich organic matter, and it’s cost effective. It is an eco-friendly approach to dealing with otherwise disposable substances.

Envirocycle Original Composter Black

Soilsaver Classic Composter

Red Wiggler Worms

Red wiggler worms offer the ultimate advantage to compost. The worms help speed the decomposition process, leaving their casings as they devour the compost pile. Worm casings add some extra nutrients to the compost, making it the most magnificent soil amendment there is. Add compost to a vegetable garden to lessen the need to use fertilizers and improve the quality of the soil. If you use compost in place of regular potting soil in containers, your plants will grow into the healthiest, most beautiful plants you’ve ever grown.

300 Red Wigglers – Red Worms are Great for Organic Gardening and Composting

Worm Factory DS3GT 3-Tray Worm Composter, Green

Portable Greenhouses

A small greenhouse will allow a gardener to protect plants that might not tolerate cold winter temperatures. It will extend the growing time, providing the opportunity to keep things growing all year.

Flower House FHPH155CL PlantHouse 5 Pop-Up, Clear

Gardman R700 5-Shelf Steel Frame Greenhouse

Greenhouse Heaters

The perfect way to keep a greenhouse warm enough to start seeds, grow plants that aren’t hardy over the winter, or propagate plants.

STC EGH520 Greenhouse Heater

Hydrofarm MT10006 9-by-19-1/2-Inch Seedling Heat Mat

Seed Starting Accessories

Gardeners often start their plants from seed because doing so makes it possible to grow things that may not be as readily available. Seed starting accessories typically include lighting, shelves and warming mats.

Hydrofarm CK64050 Germination Station with Heat Mat

Jiffy 5262 Self Watering Professional Greenhouse 70-Plant Starter Kit

Tomato Halos

Tomato halos provide added protection and increase support to the tender stems of the plants. Besides that, they act as a weed barrier and allow for more direct watering.

Tomato Halos, Set of 3

Glamos 720009 12-Inch x 33-Inch Metal Tomato Cage – 10 Pack

Biodegradable Weed Mats

Made of recycled paper materials, these biodegradable weed mats are great for vegetable gardens or newly started flower gardens. Place the mat on a freshly tilled garden bed and cut out the areas where plants are going to be planted. The mats help suppress weeds and keep the soil temperature more consistent. In especially hot climates where the topsoil dries quickly, this will help to keep the sub-soil moist for longer.

Biodegradable Weed Mat

Curlex I Erosion Control Blanket

Potting Bench

A potting bench allows gardeners to transplant plants more easily. It’s also a great place for people who do any type of container gardening, to create containers and keep their garden tools and supplies. These benches are typically made of types of wood that are designed to tolerate all weather elements, making it possible to leave them outside all year round.

Foldable Potting Bench

Panacea Products Potting Bench with Soil Reservoir, Bronze

Timer

One of the challenges that faces most gardeners is providing adequate water to plants without wasting water and driving up the utility bill. Accessories such as timers that go on outdoor faucets can be helpful.

Orbit 91213 One-Dial Garden Hose Digital Water Timer

Dramm 15044 ColorStorm Premium Water Timer, Green

Hydro Mats

Ideal for container plants because containers dry out much faster than ground soil. The hydro mat contains polymer crystals that swell and hold water, allowing the container to remain moist for longer, reducing the frequency with which containers need watering.

Hydro-Mat, 5 yards

Hydro-Mats, Set of 8

Soaker Hose Systems

There are a variety of soaker hoses, but they basically work in the same way. Instead of spraying water over a large area, which is what sprinklers do, soaker hoses have holes at equally placed intervals. The hole-side faces the ground, and water drips directly into the ground where the plants are, targeting the plants that need water and reducing the amount of water waste in the process.

Gilmour Weeper/Soaker Hose 50-Foot 27050G

Earth Quencher 2 Pack – Two 50′ for a total of 100 Feet by 1/2″ Soaker Hoses

Gardeners are always appreciative of tools that allow them to be more efficient, extend the growing season or improve the overall health of their gardens. Things that reduce weed growth, maintain more consistent growing environment, or reduce the need to use chemicals are also excellent gifts.

Holly loves the outdoors and sprucing up her garden whenever she gets the chance. In her spare time, she blogs on behalf of Sears and other brands she enjoys.

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