Vegetable gardens have been put to sleep for the cold months and the family is busy with holiday parties, shopping and winter vacations. Even during the busy holiday season, the gardener’s thoughts drift to next season’s vegetable patch. There are many things to consider; improvements to be made in the garden, worn out tools to replace, seeds to purchase, pots to prepare for indoor seed starting and the list grows from there.
Most gardeners are happy to receive anything which makes their gardening chores a bit easier or helps them to relax in the evening once the chores are finished.
- Gardeners Soap
This soap usually contains an abrasive ingredient which cleans dirt from hands. Specialty soap makes a nice addition to a homemade gift basket.
Gloves need to be durable and comfortable. For those with achy hands and wrists ergonomically correct gloves such as Bionic gardening gloves are the answer to alleviate some of the inevitable aches caused by long days spent working in the garden.
- Hand Lotion
Moisture-rich hand lotion is essential for the gardener. This also makes a nice addition to a gift basket.
- Knee Pad
Knee pads come in handy when weeding.
- Lip Balm
Sun and wind can cause chapped lips therefore having a good supply of lip balm is essential.
- Sun Hat
A sun hat is not only necessary for keeping the sun out of the gardener’s eyes but is essential in aiding to block the sun’s harmful UV rays.
The dibbler is a wonderful little tool used to plant seeds and lift out small seedlings for transplanting.
- Hand Hoe
A small handheld hoe for close work while kneeling in the garden.
Every gardener should have a good pair of handheld pruners for close trimming in the vegetable garden or fruit orchard.
- Spring Tine Cultivator
This small tool makes easy work of cultivating soil.
- Trowel (All Purpose)
The all purpose digging trowel is used anywhere a trowel is needed in the garden.
- Trowel (Transplant)
The transplant trowel is shaped to make transplanting seedlings much easier.
- Wire Weeder
The perfect tool for weeding between plants without damaging the roots or disturbing large areas of soil surface. Wire weeders may also be purchased with long handles.
Long Handled Tools
- Hoe (All Purpose)
The all purpose hoe is used to cultivate and weed. It is a necessity in every garden shed.
- Hoe (Weeding)
This narrow two-sided hoe is perfect for getting in between plants.
- Long Handle Pruners
Pruners with long handles are often needed in the fruit orchard.
- Three Tine Cultivator
The three tine cultivator is another essential tool for the vegetable garden. It helps to mix compost into soil by turning or chopping the soil and it is also a good weeding tool.
A stash of 2 1/2 and 5 gallon buckets in the garden shed is always a good idea. They have many uses around the garden and orchard. Consider making or buying a pocketed canvas apron to fit around one of the five gallon buckets for an easy way to carry tools and other items from shed to garden.
- Cold Frame
Build or purchase a cold frame for early and late harvest of some vegetables.
- Compost Bin
Build a compost bin or purchase a ready to assemble wire or wood bin.
- Compost Thermometer
A nifty device to keep a check on compost temperature.