5 gifts for the urban farmer

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Increased environmental awareness is making the grass lawn obsolete, along with the chemicals and excess water required to maintain it. Instead, city dwellers are opting for vegetable beds and herb gardens, growing their own organic produce at a fraction of the cost. Locavores know that nothing is more local than your own back yard. Gardening also reduces stress, provides a gentle form of exercise, and can support native species and habitats, even in a space as small as a balcony. This holiday season, indulge the urban farmer in your life with some gifts sure to delight green thumbs.

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Leather & felt knee pads

Handmade in California, these knee pads are essential for gardening in the cold winter months, protecting the gardner from frost-hardened ground. Exceptional design and quality make these knee pads a thoughtful gift that will be appreciated for years to come.

Buy: $49

 

Living wall planter kit

Woollypockets are the best vertical gardening system, and city dwellers make ample use of vertical space. This kit transforms walls and fences into gardens, providing thriving plants year round, and the integrated drip system eases the hassle of watering. Ideal for a balcony, ease container clutter by going vertical and expanding greenspaces.

Buy: $400

 

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Waxed canvas gardening apron

Not only cold winters, but wet springtimes, make this apron a gift any urban farmer will be sure to appreciate. With ample pockets for a multiplicity of tools, this heavy-duty apron protects clothing from water and mud. Attractive, practical, and enduring, this canvas apron is an exceptional gift.

Buy: $145

 

DIY winter seed kit

Visit a local garden center and pick up seeds for vegetables that can be sown outdoors in the winter, to keep vegetable gardens producing year-round. Onions and shallots, garlic, spring onions, and many species of beans and peas can be sown in winter months and harvested early. Put the seeds into a basket, or upgrade the gift by placing the seeds in an adorable Grow Pot to celebrate cooking as well as gardening.

Buy: $79

 

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Okubo garden scissors

These scissors are indispensable for gardens of all sizes. Whether cutting flowers for a bouquet, pruning small shrubs, or snipping herbs, these beautiful scissors offer precise, clean cuts that support the health of your plants. Classic Japanese design and manufacture ensure this is a gift that will be enjoyed for decades.

Buy: $149

 

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