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
Gardener's Gift Guide: a reliable planting guide
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.
Gardener's Gift Guide: garden pruners
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 but the biggest 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
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.
You’ll find everything you need to know about building your container garden including:
- How to choose the right size container for each plant.
- How to water (and feed) your plants for optimal growth.
- When to harvest your crops for the best flavor.
Gardener's Gift Guide: Ollas
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. Although they’ve been hard to come by, ollas from Growoya will be back in stock soon.
Gardener's Gift Guide: Joey harvest apron
Gardener's Gift Guide: soil testing kit
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 huge difference in the health of my garden. Soil testing gives you 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
I remember when I first saw the garden grids from Garden in Minutes on my Instagram feed. 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: cedar raised beds
Raised bed gardening is a great way to get started gardening quickly and easily. Through the years, I’ve slowly added more and more of these deep-root cedar raised beds from Gardener’s Supply to my garden. They come in several sizes and have held up well. A garden favorite for sure.
Gifts for Gardeners: raised bed mix from Arizona Worm Farm
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.