What? Not done with your holiday shopping? Yeah, neither are we. But we've been making lists -- and checking them twice -- and we've got some suggestions for the nice people on your list. Today, Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the home gardener.
Raised bed garden kit, $159 and irrigation, $39 at minifarmbox.com Raised beds are pretty easy to make and there are so many kits but we like this one best. Its made from FSC Certified US Cedar, is pretty easy to assemble and the irrigation kit connects directly to hose or sprinkler system.
Gift certificate to Baker Nursery Baker's is an institution in the Valley and with everything from garden decor and vegetable plants to live lady bugs and fertilizer a gift certificate is the perfect fit. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable plus, you can feel extra good about supporting a local business. (Looks like you can also purchase one online!)
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Herb Scissors from Gardeners.com or other garden centers, about $14.95 Perfect for the gardener on the go, these easy to use scissors eliminate the need for a cutting board and also work great to remove leaves from hearty plants like rosemary or thyme. Plus, they make an average herb gardener feel pretty advanced.
Gift certificate to Juice Core Many gardeners love eating out of their own garden, but a little inspiration helps too. Juice Core makes raw, cold press juices from unusual combinations like "Under Pressure" a mix of cucumber, celery, lime, romaine, orange and pear. These are fresh juices so it is best to drink them right away, which is why a gift certificate is recommended. Best of all the juice is labeled so your recipient can formulate their own recipes after trying out a few signature mixes. Contact the company online or check them out at local farmer's markets in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Ahwatukee. Your gift recipient will toast you with fresh, healthy juice!
50 Common Edible & Useful Plants of the Southwest from Native Seeds Search, $9.95 This guide by David Yetman covers, edible plants, building materials, fibers, medicine and how plants and humans work together. With this guide your garden savvy gift recipients will learn about more than just prickly pear and mesquite pods.