6 Great Garden Gifts for Christmas

December 16, 2012 | By | Comments (4)
Grumpy loves these LED crocus bulb lights! Photo by Steve Bender,

Grumpy loves these crocus bulb tea light holders! Photo by Steve Bender.

It’s that wonderful time of the year again, when Grumpy the Grinch has stolen all the best garden gifts from Whoville to make them available to you. Here are six great items you’ll want to stuff into every stocking you find.

Item #1. Crocus bulb tea light holders (above). This set of three hand-painted steel holders from Gardener’s Supply Company stand 6 inches high and show all the structure of a crocus right down to the roots. Colors: pink, blue, and yellow. Cost: $17.88, not including the LED tea lights that you can order separately. Grumpy thinks they’re cool and that settles that.

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BrazelBerries ‘Peach Sorbet’ dwarf blueberry is great for growing in a pot. Photo: White Flower Farm.

Item #2. BrazelBerries ‘Peach Sorbet’ dwarf blueberry and blueberry jam gift set (above). Blueberries are just about the easiest home fruit to grow, but not if you have alkaline, rocky, or poorly drained soil. The answer? Grow blueberries in containers! Then you can plant in quality potting soil. ‘Peach Sorbet’ grows only 2-3 feet tall, so it doesn’t require a big pot. And it’s self-pollinating, so you don’t need a pollinator. It gets its name from the green foliage that emerges peach, pink, and orange in spring. (Don’t ask me what a BrazelBerry is). Cost: $59 each from White Flower Farm. The blueberry jam ships immediately; the plant ships in spring 2013. Pot not included.

Would you like a spot of manure tea. Your plant would! Photo: Annie Haven.

Would you like a spot of manure tea? Your plant would! Photo: Annie Haven.

Item #3. Annie Haven’s Moo-Poo Tea (above). My friend in California, Annie Haven, believes in using organic, natural fertilizer. Fortunately, as the owner of a cattle ranch, she has plenty to share with you. What she’s done is ingenious. Have you ever heard of manure tea? It’s the nutrient-rich liquid you get from soaking animal manure in water. Plants love it. Of course, anyone getting a box of manure for Christmas would immediately assume it comes from a vengeful ex. But Annie’s dried manure comes in teabags you soak in water at home. No, it doesn’t smell like ****. (Annie says it doesn’t taste like it either, but I’ll have to take her word on that.) Cost: 3-pack, $12.95. One teabag makes 1-5 gallons. It’s perfect for the blueberry above and all other plants too.

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The Potting Scoop is just what you need for filling pots with potting soil. Photo by Ralph Anderson.

Item #4. The Potting Scoop (above). Don’t you hate it when you’re filling pots with potting soil and the stuff keeps spilling out of your skinny trowel? So does my friend in Chicago, Shawna Coronado (Grumpy has so many friends!). So she not only designed a much better tool for this, but she also visited DeWit Tools in the Netherlands to forge the original herself! Fourteen inches long and weighing just 14 ounces, the carbon steel scoop features a “bag-ripper” notch on the side to open bags of potting soil plus a sharpened front edge to carve dried potting soil out of old pots. Cost: $39.90.

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You’ll want to crow about your new backyard chicken!                                  Photo: Matthew Benson. 

Item #5. Backyard chickens (above)! Backyard chickens are all the rage, as the popularity of my recent article about it in Southern Living proved. They make good pets, the eggs taste better than store-bought ones, and you don’t need a rooster to get them. Start with fertilized eggs from My Pet Chicken and hatch them yourself. Or buy day-old chicks. Choose from such prized heritage chicken breeds as Black Copper Maran, Buff Silkie Bantam, Buff Orpington, Golden Laced Wyandotte, and Rhode Island Red. Cost: Varies according to breed.

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233-year-old cognac. Because everybody needs it. Photo: Bart Laming

Item #6. Vintage 1789 233-Y-O Courvoisier Cognac (above). Currently on display at Harrod’s wine-tasting shop in London, this is the oldest known bottle of this world-famous elixir from France. It’s just the thing to celebrate such gardening triumphs as your winter daphne’s third month of life, your first bulb planter not destroyed by squirrels, and the first time your spouse does not run over the metal end of your garden hose while backing out the car. Cost: A mere 90,000 pounds. Don’t wait! At this price, it won’t last long! (You listening, Annie?)

COMMENTS

  1. Steve Bender

    Amy,
    Thanks for filling me in.

    December 20, 2012 at 10:28 am
  2. Amy Daniel

    WOW! Thank you Grumpy Gardener! We are honored to see that our BrazelBerries Peach Sorbet made your list. It is truly an amazing plant.

    By the way, we named this new collection BrazelBerries as a way to honor the founders/owners of Fall Creek Farm & Nursery. The Brazelton family had the vision for this collection of small, beautiful, ornamental berry shrubs and have worked hard to bring it to fruition (no pun intended!). Now anyone can grow berries in containers or in the landscape with these plants and incorporate berry gardening as a part of their healthy, family-friendly lifestyle.

    Thank you again. Have a wonderful holiday!

    December 17, 2012 at 1:56 pm
  3. Stacey

    Great list of gifts Grump! Thanks for inlcuding the Peach Sorbet blueberry! It’s going to be a hot plant for next year!

    December 17, 2012 at 1:14 pm
  4. Shawna Coronado

    TOTALLY love this list. Thanks for including my scoop on it. And the Cognac looks TO DIE FOR! Can’t wait to see who wins all these cool goodies!

    Shawna Coronado

    December 16, 2012 at 12:46 pm

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