Gifts for gardeners
Looking for a gift your family and friends will really dig? Here are 9 items I've hand-picked for all the green thumbs on your holiday-shopping list. -- Jessica Damiano
Savor Cube Trays(Credit: Ramsey Studios)
Freeze homegrown herbs, fruit and vegetable purees and pestos in these clever silicone Savor Cube Trays and use the perfectly sized portions in sauces, soups, pasta, stews and smoothies. They're dishwasher-safe and BPA-free. Available in two sizes, each $12.99, at homegrowngourmetproducts.com.
Paper Pot Press(Credit: Amazon.com)
Make your own seed-starting pots for free, and feel good about recycling at the same time. The Secrets du Potager Paper Pot Maker makes biodegradable pots that can be planted right into the ground, reducing the odds of transplant shock. $14.99 at amazon.com.
Miniature Rosemary Topiary(Credit: Vivaterra.com)
This fragrant 9-inch Miniature Rosemary Topiary in a demure 4-inch pot is seasonally festive, but it's edible and useful all year long. $49 at vivaterra.com.
Harvest Window Box(Credit: Ramsey Studios)
Grow herbs like basil, parsley, thyme and sage right in the kitchen all winter long in the cedar Harvest Window Box. Herb snips and a clear saucer are included. $39.99 at homegrowngourmetproducts.com.
Potting scoop(Credit: HomeGardenandHomestead.com)
I'm betting you move potting soil from a bag to containers and window boxes using an ordinary garden trowel. I'm also betting you spill a lot of potting soil that way. I know I do. That's why I was happy to learn this simple yet game-changing tool exists. Made of stainless steel with a contoured oak handle, the 6-inch-long potting scoop is deep and has high sloped sides to hold soil. The polished finish prevents sticking, and the tool carries a lifetime warranty from Joseph Bentley, the British company that's been making quality garden tools for more than 100 years. $15.99 at homedepot.com, amazon.com and some larger nurseries.
Smart Cart(Credit: Johnny's Selected Seeds)
The Smart Cart LX carries up to 400 pounds in its removable 7-cubic-foot recycled polyethylene tub. $259 at johnnyseeds.com.
Weathered garden sign(Credit: Orvis.com)
This Weathered Garden Sign will lend a cozy, rustic vibe to a potting shed or sun room. Made of painted paper and fiberboard, hang it indoors or in a protected outdoor area. $49 at orvis.com.
Small batch fermentation kit(Credit: Gardeners.com)
Make your own pickles, sauerkraut, kimchi and other pickled vegetables with this Small Batch Fermentation Kit in a matter of days. The kit includes a half-gallon glass jar with air-lock lid to keep out contaminants, storage lid and two ceramic weights. $34.95 at gardeners.com.
Hanging rack(Credit: Gardeners.com)
Air-dry up to six bunches of homegrown herbs, flowers, garlic or hot peppers at a time on this steel Hanging Rack. $19.99 (six hooks included) at gardeners.com.
Harvest grow bags(Credit: Ramsey Studios)
Harvest grow bags allow you to grow tomatoes, root vegetables, herbs, greens and other plants on the patio or porch. The tomato bag includes a cage trellis. $14.99-$29.99 at homegrowngourmetproducts.com.