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Gardener’s Gift Guide: Garden Favorites

Gardening doesn’t have to be complicated. I’ve come to rely on several basics in my garden. These are my garden favorites. My choices for this year’s gardener’s gift guide are the things I can’t do without in my garden.  

Gardener's Gift Guide: Garden Favorites​

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Gardener’s Gift Guide: Garden Favorites

Gardener’s Gift Guide: a reliable planting guide

Gardener's Gift Guide: Garden Favorites​

Planting at the right time is one of the most important parts of gardening. My perpetual planting calendar, created for the low desert of Arizona, shows exactly what to plant each month.

This perpetual calendar also has pictures from my garden of what can be harvested each month. A practical gift that is also well-made and will last for years. 

Garden gift guide: Garden pruners

Gardener's Gift Guide: Garden Favorites​

When I head out to my garden each morning, I take one tool with me — and this is it. These Felco garden shears are a garden favorite for sure. This tool handles all the day to day jobs in my garden. I feel out of sorts if I’m in my garden and don’t have this tucked into my back pocket. 

Gardener’s Gift Guide: a practical gardening book

Gardener's Gift Guide: Garden Favorites​

I like to keep things simple and easy to understand. That’s exactly what I tried to do when writing this book. How to Grow Your Own Food – An Illustrated Beginner’s Guide to Container Gardening identifies 50 common, easy-to-grow edible plants, from herbs to vegetables, along with detailed care instructions. 

Gardener’s Gift Guide: Ollas

The best way to water outdoor potted plants #containergardening #watering #containergarden

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know I love ollas for watering containers. Give your gardener the gift of time with an olla from Growoya. The vessel is buried underground and you keep it filled with water, which saves water and time to grow better plants. Use code GROWING to save. 

Gardener’s Gift Guide: Joey harvest apron

Gardener's Gift Guide: Garden Favorites​

Harvests happen year-round in my garden. This harvesting apron holds harvests big and small without being bulky or hot during the warmest months of the year. I love filling it up and dumping it into a favorite harvest basket. 

Gardener’s Gift Guide: soil testing kit

Gardener's Gift Guide: Garden Favorites​

Testing your soil used to be expensive, time-consuming, and complicated. Not anymore. This soil testing kit is a game changer. I love it when innovation and good ideas make my life easier. Testing my soil at least once a year has made a considerable difference in the health of my garden. Soil testing gives you the knowledge you can’t come by any other way. It takes the guesswork out of when to add fertilizer to your garden.

Gardener’s Gift Guide: watering grids

The best way to water square foot gardens and raised bed gardens #squarefootgarden #gardening #watering #driplineirrigation

I remember first seeing the garden grids from Garden in Minutes on Instagram. I was struck by what a good idea it was. Garden grids solve the problem of even watering and dividing your beds for square-foot gardening. All these years later, I’m still adding them to every new raised bed I install and recommending them to all my friends and clients. I love these watering grids.

Gardener’s Gift Guide: wooden dibber

Gardener's Gift Guide: Garden Favorites​

From planting onions and garlic to planting seeds, I use my wooden dibber ALL THE TIME. A must-have at planting time. 

Gifts for Gardeners: raised bed mix from Arizona Worm Farm

Gardener's Gift Guide: Garden Favorites​

This gift may not fit in a stocking, but I can guarantee the gardener in your life will love it. I’ve spent years mixing my own soil, and I couldn’t be happier that Arizona Worm Farm now does the mixing for me. I partnered with them to create this mix. The best part is the soil contains their famous compost. If you live in the Phoenix metropolitan area, they are definitely worth checking out. They offer pick-up and delivery. 

Looking for more gift ideas for gardeners? Check out my other gift guides:

If this gardener’s gift guide was helpful, please share it:

Gaye Willis

Thursday 1st of December 2022

Thank you for this great list! I love learning from you.

Jill Rodriguez

Saturday 12th of December 2020

Like to give or receive a dibbler. But really want some dahlia tubers!


Saturday 12th of December 2020

I think I'll be gifting myself several of these items...but I also just ordered a variety of heirloom tomato seeds and one of my mom's Christmas gifts! :)

Karen Hootman

Saturday 12th of December 2020

I would love to have a lot of gardeners item for myself. I bought an aero garden for my nephew’s family for Christmas.


Saturday 12th of December 2020

I am giving my dad a personalized garden sign for his dahlia garden. I hope someone gives me a raised garden bed for Christmas