Last week, after I published some Gift Ideas for Cooks, reader Marsha Lockhart asked for my thoughts on winter gifts for gardeners who are awaiting spring. Consequently I put together a list of my own favorite gardening accessories and tools:
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All purpose gloves. Gardeners can never have too many of these! You can purchase a set of 4 “womens” hypoallergenic gloves (in a lovely shade of purple) for just $17.90 from Amazon. Other, similar protective garden gloves for both men and women can be had in a set of 2 for $9.90. Both types of gloves are Nitrile-treated to protect from cuts and scratches.
Gloves for Rosarians. Roses are thorny creatures. For pruning them, experts rely on puncture-proof gloves that are long enough to protect not only the hands, but the arms, too, up to the elbow. Such gloves cost $24.99 at Amazon.
Hori Hori Weeding Tool. I wrote about this brilliant invention back in 2013. It was a game-changer for me. The 7-inch-long serrated blade is great for digging up dandelions and other weeds with long tap roots. The tool comes with a nifty sheaf that attaches to a belt. $21.41 from you-know-who.
By-pass Pruning Shears. I use my sharp, durable Fiskars pruners almost every time I step outside. Available from Amazon for just $9.98. This seems like a too-good-to-be-true price, because I think I paid around $50 for mine!
Power Bulb-Planting Auger. One year, a friend of mine used a similar auger to quickly plant hundreds of tulips and daffodils on my property. The auger fits any 3/8-inch electric drill, and boy — it digs holes in seconds, in even the worst soil. I’m buying one for myself for Christmas. Available from Amazon for $27.50.
Leaf Shredder. As I’ve mentioned too many times on this blog, annual applications of shredded leaves make my garden soil rich, fertile, and water-wise. My Flowtron gadget shreds even wet leaves in a matter of minutes. The electric gadget weighs practically nothing, so even a 99-pound weakling like me can lift it without straining. $169.99 from Amazon.
Pop-Up Garden Bin. This is great for holding weeds and whatnot when you are working in the garden. It’s both durable and light. It’s easy to store, too, because it collapses down to a just 2 inches. I store mine on a hook in the garden shed. (Watch me use such a bin in my own garden). Available now from Amazon for $24.99.
A Subscription to Garden Design. This is the best gardening magazine EVER. (I know; I subscriber to it.) It’s thick as a brick, too, and entirely subscriber-supported, hence no advertising. The perfect gift! $45 for a one-year subscription.
Need more gifty ideas for gardeners? Consider a gift certificate to a reliable plant, bulb, or seed dealer. I did not include shovels and spades in the above list, because although they are useful and necessary, they’re also obvious. And let’s face it: a wood chipper — which I’d love to possess — is just too large for shipping. Okay, now I’m visualizing that famous scene from Fargo…