When you get down to it, gardeners don’t ask for much. The tools of growing food are simple: good soil, light and seeds. A big pile of leaves is often more appreciated than high-end gardening gloves. There are, however, a few things that are truly useful for gardeners. If you need to buy any gifts for gardeners this holiday, here are my recommendations.
1. Seeds, various suppliers
Seeds are an easy and inexpensive choice for gardening gifts. Look for brands that are organic and locally produced if possible, and try festive varieties of tried and true vegetables, like purple cauliflower, spotted lettuce, heirloom beans and rainbow chard.
2. Rodale’s Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening, published by Rodale Inc.
There are thousands of gardening books out there, but this is one that should be on every gardener’s bookshelf. With entries on everything from apples to permaculture, this book has been in print for decades with new editions coming out regularly and is a definitive source of information for both beginners and experienced enthusiasts.
3. Oyas, made by GrowOya.
As our climate heats up, irrigation is becoming an essential investment for those who grow food. Unlike conventional systems, Oyas take the guesswork out of watering: you just “plant” them in the spring and then fill them up when they get empty, about once per week. Installation is far simpler than with drip irrigation, and the plastic-free design is easy on the eyes. This is a gift that gardeners will truly appreciate. Like the idea of using Oyas in your garden? Shop for your Oyas here and use the code AbundantCity at checkout for a 15% discount.
4. Seed starting lighting kit, various companies.
A seed-starting kit is one of the most useful tools out there for gardeners who want to get more serious about growing food. They make it easy to start seeds indoors, opening up a world of varieties, better timing and healthier plants compared with buying seedlings from nurseries. There are lots of models out there, but my personal advice is treat your loved one to a kit like with an adjustable-height stand, like the Growlight Garden (they’re not paying me to recommend that product – I just like it!) and add a heating mat, seed-starting medium and a selection of seeds for a gardener’s dream gift. Bonus: These kits can be used to grow microgreens throughout the winter.
5. Sweat equity, your own!
This is truly the most useful gift out there for gardeners. Offer to help shovel a load of compost, dig new beds, clean up a weedy area, or pick up some bales of straw, and the gardeners in your life will truly thank you. Best of all, you might get paid back with some of the harvest!
Note: I was given free product by GrowOya and will receive a commission for Oyas purchased with the AbundantCity discount code.