Neil’s Favorite Gardening Products
Turn that thumb green with these gardening picks
Even if you have a green thumb, any gardener would appreciate a little help. (Also, if your thumb really is green, get that looked at ASAP.) Here are some gardening goodies that you’ll love, but that your plants will love even more.
AeroGarden Harvest Elite
If your home is in a city, where light is often scarce — or if you’re someone who loves gadgets and gizmos — you’ll be wowed by this all-in-one, high-tech growing pod. The hydroponic planter and LED light supercharge your herbs and plants (the company boasts that their technology is 5 times faster than good ol’ soil and sun) and it’s handsome enough to sit out anywhere in your home.
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The Sill Modern Sprout Brass Mister
Tropical plants and I have a lot in common. One, we both look and smell fabulous. Two, we both bear nuts (yeah I did). And three, we both like a nice misting — mine while lounging by the pool in summertime, the plants every few days to emulate the humidity of the jungle. This beautiful brass mister keeps moisture-loving plants happy, and when not in use, makes a stylish statement sitting on your sill.
Thermacell E55 Rechargeable Mosquito Repeller
Nothing ruins an afternoon or evening in your outdoor space like mosquitos. Though a close second would be the noxious candles and smoke coils that most of us have used to ward off the little bloodsuckers. There’s a better way: the Thermacell E55. It’s got a rechargeable battery, so you don’t need outdoor electricity, and its repellent cartridges last 12 hours, and provide 20 feet of coverage. Suck it, mosquitos. Just not in my yard!
News flash: I LOVE GAMES. All of them. Anytime, anywhere. But especially those played outdoors, in the summer. And Mölkky, a Finnish lawn game that’s kinda-sorta like bowling, is a new favorite. The basic gist is that one tosses the wooden cylinder (the “mölkky”) at the numbered pins (1-12, dubbed “skittles”) in an attempt to score exactly 50 points. Knock down a single pin, you get the number of points on it. Knock down multiple pins, you get one point for each pin. Pins are set back up wherever they land, thus spreading out over the course of a game and adding an interesting wrinkle of strategy absent from typical tossin’ contests like cornhole. It’s also conducive to drinking and gambling, two hallmarks of a quality lawn game. And it has an umlaut.
Barebones Classic Work Gloves
These buttery soft cowhide gloves from Barebones go from the garden to the garage, protecting your digits from all manner of hazards. They come in 3 colors, but clearly green is the way to go. Even better: They’re made by Pakistani craftsmen and craftswomen, whose wages help raise their economic standing so they can provide for their families.
Hua Trade 8″ Bypass Pruning Shears
Ergonomic handles, Japanese SK-5 steel, a safety lock and a low price. It’s a cut above the rest. (Sorry, had to.) The Hua is known for its comfortable grip, which doesn’t cause hand pain after a long day of pruning plants. You should also make sure to make use of that locking mechanism. It keeps you safe from any unfortunate accidents.
Fiskars Herb Snips 5″ with Soft Grip
If you’ve invested the time and TLC to nurture your herb seeds and seedlings into thriving plants, you’d be foolish to hack ‘em up when harvesting. These specialized snipping shears allow for precise, delicate cutting.