As spring and summer roll onward, you may come across a good excuse to provide one or more gifts for gardeners (or for just one, special gardener). Deciding what a gardener might need, though, can be difficult. Is there a particular tool or supply that your gardener has mentioned wanting? If so, go for that first.
If, however, your gardener has not offered any suggestions when you’ve asked, here are some thoughts, based on the coming portion of the gardening year.
A Gift for All Seasons
An excellent thermos-cup. Very soon, it will be hot outside. All gardeners will need to work at staying hydrated while they are out in the garden. If your gardener does not yet have an excellent thermos-cup, one that is easy to drink from and that keeps a beverage nicely cold, then you might look into the 18 ounce Travel Kuppe for campers. It fits all those requirements.
Gifts for Gardeners – for Special Parts of the Season
A widger! Will your gardener be starting more plants from seeds later in the summer, to fill in gaps as some crops finish in July? Using a wooden flat filled with seed starting medium, to start seedlings indoors, is a method that reduces the use of plastic. Gardeners use a widger, like the one in this little kit to lift seedlings from the flat when it is time to move them into larger containers for continued growth.
Another source of this tool is Johnny’s Selected Seeds , which offers a stainless steel widger separately, rather than as part of a kit.
Of course, an old table-knife, from a thrift store, also is an acceptable widger substitute, but it isn’t as “cool” as having and using the exact, right tool.
Wooden flat for seed starting. Your favorite gardener may be trying to reduce the use of plastic in his or her gardening. A wooden seed-starting flat that you can build can contribute to that effort. A good tutorial is on this website.
Seed envelopes. Gardeners who like to save seeds from the garden, for herbs, flowers, or veggies, will appreciate having envelopes that are designed for that specific purpose. Self-sealing seed envelopes from Seed Needs are large enough to hold large seeds. They are also secure enough that little seeds won’t slip out.
Book. Of course, the Fall Garden Planning guide to fall gardening in the Southeastern U.S. also is an option. If your gardener is a beginner or new to the South, the book will be helpful.
Need more? If these “gifts for gardeners” don’t seem right for your gardener, you might check the gift suggestions of some gardening friends:
From Kathy at Washington Gardener: Gifts for Gardeners – Gardening Gift Ideas
From Jacqueline at Southwest Gardening: May Day Celebrations and Gifts
From Abra Lee in an article for Northside Woman: Mother’s Day Gifts for the Gardener in Your Life