Gift Ideas For That Green Gardener

Are you looking for a thoughtful practical holiday or birthday gift idea for that special green gardener friend or family member? Green Blizzard surveyed our garden experts and compiled this list of Top 10 Gift Idea For Your Special Gardener .  These gifts that will make any novice or expert organic gardener happy!

Our team compiled our personal favorites, into this year’s 10 Best Gifts For A Green Gardener – all of which are “must haves” for any serious or budding gardener.

Green Blizzard is always looking for new ideas on how our readers can reduce their carbon footprint.  Typically these carbon reduction green living tips revolve around consuming less fuel and energy, monitoring overall consumer consumption, being smarter about consumption decisions, or seeking the longest reasonable usefulness out of a durable good.  These top 10 gift ideas for a green gardener were carefully selected on the criteria of what can a gardener purchase to enhance their productivity and in the long term reduce the size of their carbon footprint.

GardeningGardening is one of the best activity or hobby towards reducing your carbon emissions.   Gardeners who grow fruits or vegetables, no matter how pathetic the yield, shrink their carbon footprint by sourcing locally and avoiding transportation related carbon emissions getting what they would have consumed to market and diverting their activities to a less carbon intensive past time.  If you grow it yourself, its less likely to go to waster (a third of all food is wasted) Plus gardening makes you more aware of other aspects of nature.

Women Watering Plants

Our Top 10 Green Gardener Gift Ideas List is composed of suggestions that will continue to give and enhance the productivity of their garden.  

Rain Barrow –  Steady, natural untreated water is an essential resource for any successful garden. So a rain barrel, with a soaker hose attachedwill enhance yield and help alleviate a daily chore.  Select areasonably large capacity barrel, one that can be disconnected, drained

Rain Urn

and stored away in the colder months.  A few of the more popular options are Good Ideas Rain Wizard or the fashionable Good Ideas 65 Gallon Urn.

 

Watering Wand –   A watering can is useful for distributing all that collected rain barrel water, but if a garden hose is needed to really do the frequent watering, then a wand attachment allows any environmentally conscious gardener to best direct the water where its needed, right at the plants roots.  These 36″ hose extensions save the back and time.  We have been using the Orbit wand  Orbit Wandand a close friend uses the Orbit Rotating Head model.  Both will provide decades of enhanced yield to any garden.

 

 

Terra Cotta Pots –  Skip the plastic and opt for pots made from a renewable resource, clay.  Any gardener needs a wide selection of large pots to grab and use early in the season.  Because of shipping costs and the fragile nature of these pots, its best to pick up an assortment at your local organic garden store. Be sure to purchase a few of the 8″, 10″ 12″ and even

Terracotta Pot

14″ pots – start with somewhere between 6-12 assorted sized pots.  Here a link to the type of Terra Cotta pot being suggested.





Wheel-barrow – Gardening is a physical activity – lots of lifting and elbow grease.   Oftentimes, gardeners will regularly workout, so that they can garden.  A versatile and durable wheel barrow is the cornerstone to any garden tool corner.  Probably the most important tool in the entire lot.  In this case, for any serious gardener its advantageous to over-buy and select the more heavy-duty, durable, better built models.  Plants and garden supplies are hefty.

A very popular heavy duty four wheel version, Gorilla, is the heavy pickup truck of wheelbarrows.  It will help avoid back strain and can maneuver across all types of terrain.

Gorilla Wheelbarrow

 

 

 

Or, an everyday workhorse is a strong poly version made by Marathon.  For any budding green gardener, a wheel-barrel is worth its weight in gold.

wheelbarrow




Compost Bin – If you are an urban dweller, composting is best divided into parts.  Open bin composting for plant cutting and enclosed composting tumbler for kitchen waste.  We experimented with combining the kitchen waste with the lawn

Compost bincutting and simple  provide a smorgasbord for the local rodents.  Bulk cuttings can be composted in a simple round bin and turned with a garden fork every few months.  It does not need to be fancy, simply durable with air holes.  Here’s a simple version of a compost bin

 

 

Compost Tumbler – If you really want to speed up the process, try an enclosed bin.  Surprisingly, there is a little bit more Compost Tumblerthe composting then meets the eye.  Read up on it first – here are a few how to compost books:




Cold Frames – Essential for any gardener to save and winterize their plants and economize on costs.  The money saved through a few winters of saving those perennials while enjoying those herbs and healthy leafy vegetables year round.  Two

Coldframeof our favorites are the roomy Juwel Oversized Cold Frame and the smaller,versatile, Advantek Greenhouse.

Water Timer –  A simple straight-forward timer is best.  No one really wants to learn and remember how to program an complex, multi-day device.  Attach it to a soaker hose and that special gardener will be forever thankful.

Plant Netting –  Bugs, deers, rodents, birds,  all sorts of wildlife do their best to undermine any gardener’s perfect plan.   NettingBuy a roll of bug netting and it can be reused for years to come and negate the need for any chemical interference.

 

 

Aerator – If you have any lawn around your gardens, a foot aerator is critical because all the foot traffic will compress the soil in which the grass is trying to flourish.   We’ve been using a two prong aerator now  for several years at the AeratorGreenBlizzard HQ and are amazed at how healthy the grass looks without any fertilizer and or watering.   The other nearby lawns are parched and brown in the warmer months, whereas our’s is green and vibrant looking.   These foot aerators keep the soil loose, so the root system can grow to a healthy depth and better weather harsh conditions.  It’s an investment that will quickly pay for itself.   There’s a four prong aerator version and a roller version for larger lawns.

Looking for some gift ideas for your favorite handyman or handy women?  Check out Green Blizzard’s Top 10 Ideas For A Green Handyman.  If you provide them with the proper tools,  they’ll reduce both your’s and their carbon footprint.





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Keith Blizzard

A life-long environmentalist, Keith set out on the never ending journey of adjusting his lifestyle to a more sustainable one, with a goal of annually shrinking his carbon footprint. When he looked around for a dependable source of meaningful carbon footprint reduction ideas, it was pretty lame - so he launched Green Blizzard loaded with eco-friendly lifestyle tweaks. When he's not managing Green Blizzard, you'll find him on the trails around Mid Coast Maine with his trusty trail companion mutt, Moose.