Holiday Gifts For The Gardener On Your List

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Happy Holidays!

Not sure which holiday gifts to buy for your favorite gardener? Here’s a summation of the best of the gardening books and products I’ve reviewed over the past few years to give you some ideas.

Click on the link to see the review. Each review has a link to purchase on Amazon.

Essential Garden and Lawn Tool Gifts

holiday gifts for gardenersFiskars Momentum Reel Mower

No loud motor noise, no oil, no gas, no fuss – not like the reel mowers from days past. And the blades are sharp, too – cuts grass like Sweeney Todd cuts hair.

holiday gifts for gardenersStep ‘N Tilt Lawn Aerator

If your lawn’s a mess, it may need to be aerated. This is the most innovative lawn aerator I’ve used and one that will last for many seasons.

holiday gifts for gardenersMadgrip Gardening Gloves

I’m brutal on gardening gloves – I quickly wear holes in each and every pair, as the ever-growing box of used-up gloves in my garden shed proves.

holiday gifts for gardeners Magid Gardening Gloves

I usually get 30-45 days use out of a new pair of gardening gloves before holes appear in the fingertips or the stitching starts to unravel. But these held up the entire season.

Food and Gardening Books – Perfect For Holiday Gifts

living landscape book

The Living Landscape: Designing for beauty and biodiversity on the home garden.

How to design your landscape in layers to support biodiversity.

gardening-for-the-birds-87x110 Gardening for The Birds: How To Create a Bird-Friendly Backyard by George Adams

One of the most informative books I’ve ever read on attracting birds to your yard and how they benefit the landscape.

holiday gifts for gardenersBackyard Berry Book / Backyard Orchardist by Stella Otto

If you’re new to growing fruit, or an intermediate gardener with questions, the Backyard Berry Book and the Backyard Orchardist are excellent resources.

holiday gifts for gardenersThe Vegetable Gardener’s Bible by Ed Smith

This is a well organized reference book aimed at beginning gardeners, but intermediate gardeners will find it to be a quick, useful reference as well.

holiday gifts for gardenersSalt Sugar Fat – How The Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss

Michael Moss’ book is a firecracker, showing how the processed foods industry has fine tuned their products so you literally can’t stop eating them.

holiday gifts for gardenersTomatoland by Barry Estabrook

Tomatoland begins with the author driving through Florida, following a tractor trailer truck which he believes is loaded with apples. After a few sail off the truck and hit his car, he discovers that they’re hard, indestructible green tomatoes. Thus begins his journey into how multi-billion dollar corporations have turned a delicious fruit into an unsavory business.

holiday gifts for gardenersFood Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan

Instead of listening to the latest, always-changing nutritional advice, Pollan suggests we might be better off listening to the food wisdom passed down through the generations. After all, it’s kept the human race alive for millenia.

holiday gifts for gardenersThe Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan is arguably our most prominent writer on food. In The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World, he demonstrates how humans and plants have formed reciprocal relationships.

christmas gifts for gardenersPlant Propagation, by The American Horticultural Society

If you want to take cuttings from the plants you own and create new ones, this is the complete work on how to do it. It’s well organized, so finding the information you need is quick and effortless.

holiday gifts for gardenersBotany For Gardeners by Brian Capon

The former professor of botany explains the life of plants simply enough that anyone with a middle school science education will get it. Packed with photos and illustrations.

homegrown-tomatoes-book-cover-image-thumb Homegrown Tomatoes: The Step-By-Step Guide To Growing Delicious Organic Tomatoes In Your Garden

My book which outlines my techniques for growing a delicious, bountiful crop of tomatoes in your garden this summer.

holiday giftsTeaming With Microbes by Jeff Lowenfells and Wayne Lewis

The authors elaborate on the co-evolution of plants and their surrounding soil microbes, insects and animals.  Fascinating stuff that will change the way you look at the soil in your garden.

christmas giftTeaming With Nutrients by Jeff Lowenfels

In Jeff Lowenfels’ 2nd book, he explores how plants take up nutrients, the processes within plant cells, and howplants form flowers, fruits, and vegetables.

holiday giftsThe Happiness Diet by Tyler Graham and Drew Ramsey, MD

In The Happiness Diet, the authors conclude that eating whole foods and avoiding anything that’s produced in a factory is the best diet advice. Includes recipes.

holiday giftsSilent Spring by Rachel Carson

Written in the 1960′s, Silent Spring was a full frontal attack on the chemical companies which manufactured the new weed and insect killers and the government officials who approved their use without understanding the science or consequences. Considered the book which ignited the environmental movement.

holiday giftsWinter Harvest Handbook by Eliot Coleman

Eliot Coleman is a working farmer in Maine with decades of expertise in organic farming. Winter Harvest Handbook describes the crops, the tools, the planting schedules, and the techniques he uses to manage his year round growing.

holiday gifts for gardenersConscious Gardening by Michael J Roads

Roads has been writing about organic gardening since the mid-1970′s, when the idea of cooperating with nature in gardening was a radical idea.

holiday gifts for gardenersRodale Book Of Composting: Easy Methods For Every Gardener

Undoubtedly, this is the most thorough guide on composting ever published. I doubt you’ll need more information that what you’ll find here.

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Todd Heft is an organic gardener and freelance garden writer who lives in the Lehigh Valley, PA and has gardened for most of his life. When he isn't writing or reading about organic gardening, he's gardening. His first book, "Homegrown Tomatoes: The Step-By-Step Guide to Growing Delicious Organic Tomatoes In Your Garden" is available on Amazon now. Google
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2 Responses to Holiday Gifts For The Gardener On Your List

  1. Mari Chapman says:

    I know that the day is upon us, but if anyone still needs an idea. Fran Sorin’s Digging Deep. A gardening book, but not just about soil and planting, but as much about life as well! is her site. She is fantastic as far as all things gardening, and life lessons as well.

  2. Avo says:

    A friend lent me Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring last year. Her thoughts are still pertinent today.