ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Gift Guide for the New Gardener in Your Life

Updated on March 16, 2016

Time to prepare for summer

Maybe you are not a gardener yourself, but have someone in your life who is. Avid and experienced gardeners know exactly what they want down to the brand of tool they want to the specific nursery where the seeds they buy come from. If you have one of those, this might not be helpful. If you have one who just got his or her first little patch of land and is determined to eat home grown carrots, strawberries and salad this year, this is for you.

You might even want to get involved yourself.

I hope you enjoy.

Who are you shopping for today?

See results

Who is he/she?

If you're like me, shopping for someone else is difficult. It requires getting out of my own way and into his/her mind. I have to leave my self centered self behind and become other centered. I have to get into his/her head, step into his/her shoes.

When you found this article, congratulations, you already got past the first step. You know your friend or relative has some sort of interest in gardening, probably vegetable gardening. What else can you say? Is it someone who likes to plan things out or dig right in with both hands? Is it someone who will be doing it for therapy or is it someone with the grocery bill in mind? Perhaps it is someone who is especially health conscious.

What kind of gardener is he/she?

Gardening can take a number of forms. It can be as simple as a few herbs on the windowsill. It can be as complicated as heated grow houses.

Here, the focus is on the beginning gardener who is limited to a small vegetable garden.

Learning and Planning - Where do we start?

Winter is the perfect time to plan for the next gardening season. Your new gardener will be getting everything ready. If you're already looking at nice sunny frost free spring days, it is not too late to get started, but being prepared is always good.

  1. Learning - Yes, that means books and reading. We're going to look at a few other sources as well.
  2. What to grow - Will he or she actually eat it or can you give it away. Will it even grow in your area?
  3. Tools - A tool collection is something that grows over a lifetime. Start with a few essentials and build from there.
  4. Harvesting and storing - Raw vegetables directly from the garden are the most nutritious, but that may be a little too fundamental for some. Some preparation will be required.

    Learning to store and preserve some of the bounty will let you enjoy your efforts all year long.

Learning Resources - On the Web

Unless you're here shopping for yourself, you may not want to learn everything there is to gardening. However, the more you know, the better you can pick the right gifts for your friend. That's real love.

Youtube is a great way to learn. There are lots of videos to choose from. Gardeners are very passionate about what they do and share their knowledge willingly.

What to grow

The first consideration, I'd say, is what do you actually like to eat? Second, what will grow in your area? Will it grow on your particular piece of land?

What to plant in your vegetable garden

Most books have at least one chapter about the various vegetable varieties and this one is no different. It was hard to find one just about that, so this one serves the dual purpose of educating the beginner gardener and helping select the crops to grow.


This is where the fun begins. It is also where many beginners go overboard. Watch the following video. There really are just a handful of essential tools you need.


Did you find the information here helpful?

See results

Chime In - Add your own great finds

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image


      5 years ago

      Good selection of gifts. I am going to try growing strawberries in my garden this year.

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      5 years ago

      Great tips

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      Very nice gift selections. Thanks!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)