There’s a backyard farmer in everybody’s life. Family, friend, or neighbor, this person is easily identified as the one trying to foist gigantic zucchinis on passersby in late summer.
This holiday season, say thank you for all those zucchinis (and lay a foundation for getting some of your backyard farmer’s best beefsteak tomatoes next year) with a gift that says, “I appreciate all that you grow in your edible garden.”
Here are 10 holiday gifts any backyard farmer will appreciate:
Slate Plant Markers
For US gardeners, a set of 12 Slate Garden Plant Labels by Garden Basix comes with two chalk pens and 15-inch-tall stainless steel poles; $28.99 at Amazon.
From its inception in 1917 in a San Jose, California warehouse, Kitazawa Seed Co. has specialized in selling seeds of traditional heirloom vegetables of Japan. With a selection of hundreds to choose among—including Purple Vienna Kohlrabi and Ichiba Kouji Japanese Melon—you can surprise your favorite backyard farmer with edibles she or he has never grown before.
At prices below $5 apiece, a packet of heirloom or organic seeds makes a great stocking stuffer. Often the seed packets themselves are works of art, with lovely illustrations and colorful copy to describe the food you are about to grow. See more of our favorite seed companies at 10 Easy Pieces: Heirloom Seeds.
Seed Spacing Ruler
Bamboo Hand Rake
Planting Guide + Seeds
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