Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and you’ve seen evidence of this if you’ve stepped foot into a Target any day since Christmas. Now, you may subscribe to the line of thinking that Valentine’s Day is a commercial racket and take no part in it. That’s totally fine, unless your spouse doesn’t agree… then you’re kind of on the hook to participate (or you may be the recipient of a few nights at the “couch hotel” if you know what I mean). And while I love flowers and chocolate, trust me, they are some of my favorite things, they unfortunately get played out a bit this time of year. If your valentine loves these things (or expects them) then don’t fix what’s not broken; keep at it! But if you’re looking for some fresh ideas for the gardener (or want-to-be gardener) in your life, then I have some great suggestions for you!
- Earth Box- This is truly a gift that keeps on giving. I received one for Christmas three years ago, and it’s been a hit in the garden. It comes with instructions on how to grow just about any vegetable, including exactly where to put the plants. It also has wheels, so it can be easily moved and a covering so you don’t have to worry about weeding. This is perfect for a beginning gardener or someone who doesn’t have any extra room in the garden but wants to add a few more things. You can find it here on Amazon, or try a local hardware store. I know if our small-town store has them, your’s probably does too.
2. Crabtree and Evelyn Gardeners Hand Care- Gardening can be tough on the hands, even if you wear gloves. Help your favorite gardener pamper his or her skin with this cute mini-kit by Crabtree and Evelyn. It has a lovely light scent, and it won’t break the bank!
3. Copper Plant Tags (6-pack)- Every Spring I end up sticking those little white plastic labels in the ground to mark what I’ve planted, but why not help your gardener label in style? These lovely reusable copper labels come with stands and can be rewritten on each year. What a fun addition to the garden!
Wren H438 24-Inch Stainless Steel Stake with Copper Re-Usable Plant Tag, 6-Pack
4. The Organized Newbie: Is your valentine a burgeoning gardener and also a bit type-A? Then consider this beautiful garden planner from Orla Kiely. It helps get all of your ideas down on paper, and also organize and plan for gardens and flower beds.
5. The Garden Hopper (the Hoppa!)- Don’t be fooled by it’s child-like appearance, this Step 2 item is for the gardener of the house, and its usefulness has been touted by many yard lovers. It acts as a seat for those not wanting, or able, to get down on the ground, and it stores tools and other gardening items, allowing you to have everything at arm’s reach (even your drink).
So whether your significant other has been knee deep in the dirt for 30-something years, or if they’ve just started thinking about introducing their first potted plant to the house, there are plenty of ideas out there. Encourage your valentine in their desire to garden; I’m sure they’ll be impressed that you noticed! And you may very well reap the rewards come harvest time. Happy Gardening!