I am a last minute shopper. There, I admitted it, and I’m proud of it. By waiting until the last minute I get to hear about everyone else’s great gifts — and then buy those same gifts for someone else! that said, here’s a short list of gifts for gardeners — including a few that I wouldn’t mind having myself.
#1 Books — they’re great, especially in the off-season when the gardener in your life needs some inspiration. Naturally books by a garden professor is preferred, but I also love anything by Lee Reich. Another one of my new favorites is the book Taming the Truffle. For something different try The Foragers Harvest by Samuel Thayer.
#2 Pruners — You can NEVER have enough pruners. There are many nice pruners out there, but the standard by which all others are measured are the Felco #2s.
#3 Gloves — you can never have too many gloves! I prefer leather — most gardeners have their personal preferences.
#4 Weird seeds. OK, it’s a little late to be searching high and low — but most gardeners really love to try new things — so go and get ’em something totally off the wall. Something beyond tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and watermelons (peanuts maybe). See if you can find Pawpaw!
#5 A renewable organic fertilizer — not guano or rock phosphate. Something like cotton seed meal. Manure is probably a no-no though. Who wants poo in their stockings?
#6 Moisture sensors of all different types can be fun to play with.
#7 Some fun houseplants — Amaryllis is always a winner – even for non-gardeners! For the more adventurous look to carnivorous plants like butterwort or even a venus flytrap.
Happy Holidays Everyone!