FALL IS UPON US AND WINTER IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER and unless you have a greenhouse or indoor garden, this pretty much marks the end of the growing season. However, winter will come and go soon enough and before you know it spring will be knocking on the door begging you to come out and play in the garden once more.
With that in mind, Organic Daily Post challenged some top-notch gardeners both professional and amateur to compile a list of some of their top garden gadgets. There were some requirements. They had to be well made and also offer utility without having to get a line-of-credit from the bank to purchase.
- Coated Steel Finish
- Easy Folding Design
- Padded Seat
- Light Level Display
- Moisture Meter
- Larger Window
- Holds 40 Tools
- Easy Assembly
- Attractive Designed
- Made of Wood
- Great for Garden
- Ergonomically Designed
- Reduce Wrist Strain
- Manual Pump
- Automatic Soil Release
- Depth Marker
- Lifetime Warranty
- Deep Front Flap
- Sliding Waistband
- Patterned Tote Bag
- Wooden Handles
- Goodies Included
Our friends were more than happy to help and gave us a healthy list of ideas from which to choose. We whittled that list down to eight of our favorites and to ensure they were a good fit for our readers, read through hundreds of customer reviews and chose the products we felt offered the best all-around value. All are under $50 and some...way under.
If you just can't wait, here's the full list:
1) VonHaus Folding Garden Kneeler with Tool Bag
2) Jellas 3-in-1 Soil pH Meter
3) Keter 40 tool storage rack
4) Gardirect Insect Hotel
5) Weeding Wand Standing Weeder
6) Edwards Tools Bulb Planter
7) Fasite 7-pocket Gardening Belt
8) Scuddles Heavy Duty Gardening Tool Set
But, we describe each one below and let you know why we hand-selected each gift.
Give a Gift or Get a Gift
With a few holidays headed our way, now may be the perfect time to surprise your favorite gardener or even yourself with a really cool gift to make gardening life a little easier. Even without a holiday, receiving a present from someone or giving one to yourself is always a good feeling, especially when it's one you like! So let's get started.
The first item on the garden gift-list grabbed our attention for a variety of reasons. We were thoroughly impressed with not only the concept but its functionality, good price and quality reviews. The list is in no particular order.
Everybody Needs a Little Help: VonHaus Garden Kneeler
Anyone who works in the garden knows being down on your knees for any length of time can be painful. Older folks tend to stiffen up if they remain in one position too long. Getting up can be tough too.
Here's a smartly designed garden helper that makes those tasks much easier. Simple in its concept and yet wonderfully effective, our first product comes with very strong and positive recommendations from the people who actually own one.*
*Ironically, ours arrived just this morning and my wife loves it! True story.
Trust me, this item is easier to use than it is to pronounce.
A folding garden bench that easily transforms from a sitting bench to a cushioned kneeling pad.
All Dirt is not Created Equal: Jellas Soil pH Meter
A neutral pH level is 7.0. Above that it is alkaline, below that number, acidic. Perhaps even more important than having good soil is having the correct soil and the proper pH level for your plants. Some plants, such as blueberries for example, require an acidic soil while plants like the clematis require an alkaline medium.
For the money, we like the Jellas 3-in-1 Soil pH Meter.
Measures the moisture, light and pH levels of your soil.