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