I know, I know..it's not even Halloween yet and I'm over here making Christmas lists. While I've grown up in a home of procrastinators, and am a true procrastinator myself, Dane and his family are not. My mother-in-law asks for my Christmas list shortly after Halloween each year. -Maybe because she knows I'll be waiting until December 20th to give it to her. Well, this year I may surprise her and have a few things ready in my back pocket.
Last Spring I got into gardening. I've always wanted to get into gardening because my Grandpa was super into it and it looked so rewarding! But the only thing I've been able to keep alive is the aloe plant I've had since middle school. Her name is Vera. Original, I know.
Well, I've been practicing, studying, and researching, and feel that because my landscape plants haven't all died, I'm ready for a very large, surely complicated vegetable garden this Spring.
So here are a few ideas for Christmas presents for gardeners I will be adding to my list this year.
I've read that a garden journal is an absolute must for all gardeners, new and experienced. This allows you to keep track of what you've planted, where you've planted it, any problems you had with it, and how you can fix it next year. It's a great learning tool to see what works for you in your area and what doesn't.
I say that you can never have too many coffee mugs -especially if they're as cute as this garden mug from Anthropologie. My cupboard (and Dane) may disagree, but it'll be on my list anyway. Maybe I'll take it to work and let it brighten my day.
I don't know about you, but my skin gets super dry in the winter. Gardener's salve is the perfect stocking stuffer for your friends and family because it'll help cure their dry winter skin as well. Perfect for their hands and elbows! But if you're looking for more of a DIY Christmas present idea, you can learn how to make your own salve here.
Part of what I'm looking forward to the most with my vegetable garden, is being able to share what I've harvested. My Mom has already shared a bunch of her dry herbs with me, and I hope I can return the favor. How cute would a little harvest basket be with this personalized garden stamp?!
And if you plan on harvesting more than a few things at a time (or even carrying an arm-full of veggies a bit of a ways), this garden hod is essential. I look forward to going bed by bed and harvesting what we plan to eat for dinner that night. How cool would that be? And knowing how they were grown and how safe (and healthy) it is for my family!
Set of Garden Markers
These I'd like to use on a covered herb garden wall I plan to build in the next few months. We have this wall outside that connects our house to Dane's wood workshop. It's just an awkward space and is perfect for an herb garden since it's so close to the kitchen!
Well, that's all I have for now. I'll add items to this list as I come up with more ideas. Let me know if you have any suggestions!