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Saturday, December 20, 2008

12 Days of Gardening Gifts: Day Nine, Stuff for your Vegetable Garden

Being the 20th of the month, which is a day when several garden bloggers often give updates on their vegetable gardens, I thought I would pick today's gift to also center on the vegetable garden. You can go to Tina's blog, In The Garden, to find other vegetable garden updates.

There are many, many websites which sell gardening stuff. For this post, I visited Gardens Alive because I like how they are dedicated to the biological control of garden pests. Even though it may be hard to think about vegetable gardening when there is snow and ice in abundance, it's never to early to start planning for spring. Spring is just three months away, you know.

Jump Start Lighting System - $64.95
Just the thing to get those seedlings started. Especially if your windowsill space is at a premium.

Seedling Heat Mat - $39.95
For faster germination and higher success rate - pamper those little seedlings.

Mason Bee Nest - $39.99
According to the website "Mason bees are up to 90% more efficient at pollinating plants than honeybees. Plus, they don’t sting. You can encourage their presence in your garden by offering a place for the bees to nest. About 2/3 the size of a honeybee, mason bees nest in holes created by woodpeckers and beetles, so this similarly designed nesting habitat will invite these hard-working pollinators to nest and help pollinate your garden. Made of durable, decorative cedar, it is easy to hang. No assembly required; nest includes 10 nesting tubes and 2 replacement tubes. Comes with complete, easy to- read instructions."

And if you can't wait for spring to grow something tasty...

The Portabella Mushroom Kit - $39.95
Everything you need is provided in the kit and it produces in 3-5 weeks. Just add water and place in a cool, dark location, such as a basement.

Other posts in this series
Day One, Amaryllis
Day Two, Jasmine
Day Three, Give-A-Tree Cards
Day Four, Bonsai
Day Five, Hand Lotion
Day Six, Tabletop Tree
Day Seven, Magazines
Day Eight, Garden Gnomes


tina said...

Good morning! Excellent post. I have those seed mats and I swear by them. They are wonderful for seed starting. I have always wanted to try the mushrooms so I'll look into this too. Thanks for sharing and I'll add you in. You're a sweetheart!

F Cameron said...

Fun stuff! I've been thinking about starting seeds indoors in the garage in January or February.


Cindy said...

Tina ~ I really need to get those mats. I struggle with germination rates when we start seeds inside and I think this would really boost it. I have actually grown mushrooms from a kit like this and it was really easy and really cool!

Cameron ~ I can't wait to read about your seed starting. Of course, yours will be much earlier than mine!