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Best Mother's Day Garden Gifts

Gardening Gifts for Mom

A List of Great Mother’s Day Garden Gifts

If your like me, you struggle every year with finding that great, perfect gift for Mom on Mother’s Day. But have you overlooked gardening gifts for Mom as a great option? It seems that every Mom on the planet has a partial green thumb, loves flowers, or would appreciate a kind, thoughtful gift. Here is our list of winners for this year:

  • Garden Apron – if Mom loves to be outdoors, is an avid planter, or just likes to keep her clothes tidy while she is out and about in the flower or vegetable garden, this is the gift for her. This is one of the most popular items in our store, and a gift any mother would love, and is tops on our Gardening Gift for Mom list.
  • Hor Hori Garden Tool – ok, ok, most of you are saying, “A tool for Mom?”. This is no ordinary tool, and its really a Swiss Army knife in the garden. Its a trowel, weeder, pruner, saw, propagator and planter all in one. Our Hori Hori is beautiful rosewood and stainless steel, light and will be a joy for any mother as a garden gift.
  • Garden Kneeler – let’s face it, real gardener’s get down and dirty, and wet soil and dirt can ruin clothes. A garden kneeler provides a comfortable and waterproof kneeling surface for Mom as she goes about her gardening chores.
  • Dibber – The garden dibber or dibble is the most simple garden tool for Mom there is. It has been used for centuries to plant seeds and bulbs, and is a great tool for Mom to have out in the garden. A great gift for Mother’s who garden.

This is just a short and sweet list of ideas for those gardening Moms and Mothers. Check out our online store for more ideas and combinations. Happy Mother’s Day!!

Hori Hori Garden Tool Uses and Requirements

All Hori Hori Are Not The Same

A Quick Tutorial for the Hori Hori Garden Tool

Ok, we may be going a little master of the obvious here, but there are soooo many uses for the Hori Hori Japanese Garden Knife, I wanted to make sure you get the most out of the investment, and choose wisely. There are a lot of cheap tools out there that can break , rust and crack. To get all you can out of this historical Japanese gardening tool, you will need to insure you purchase one with the following features:

  • Knife Edge – a sharpened edge for cutting and pruning.
  • Serrated Edge – all Hori Hori’s should have a serrated edge for sawing through branches and roots.
  • Concave Blade – to provide digging/scooping ability, the blade should be wide and concave.
  • Measurement Marks – for planting depth reference when planting with your Hori
  • Hole in Handle – This whole comes in hand when marking planting lines with string.
  • Stainless Steel Blade – Nothing is worse than a rusting tool
Hori Hori Garden Tool and Knife
What To Look for In a Hori Hori

This is a quick list

Propagating and Growing Dahlia From Seed

Growing Dahlias from Seed

Christmas in the Spring

Last year was the first year we grew dahlias from seed and I am hooked! This method of dahlia propagation is simple, and creates a great surprise in spring. Why? Dahlia seeds are not trtue to the mother plant, so every seed is a new and unique variation. The only way to get a true replica of your mother plant is to divide the tuber, or take cuttings (Dahlia Propagation Through Cuttings article). You get such a broad and wide range of flowers, it is truly amazing, and you can keep the variations you like, dig up that dahlia tuber, and propagate for more.

The seed method is simple, and the dahlia seeds grow fast. Here is how to propagate dahlias from seed:

  1. Find a pot or seed tray and fill it with a seedling mix or a mix of soil and vermiculite.
  2. Wet the medium and pock holes with a seed planter/dibber that are about 1/2″ deep, and about an inch or so apart.
  3. Place your seeds in the holes and cover with soil mix.
  4. The seeds will germinate in about 2 weeks, but if you apply bottom heat with a seed mat, it will speed up the process (This season mine popped in 7 days).
  5. Water daily, and provide plenty of light, either with a grow light or place in a south facing window.
  6. Soon you will have a whole set of seedlings.
  7. Once they are about 2-3 inches or their leaves are touching, you can move them to small pots (3 inches) and continue to grow.
  8. Before you move the little propagated dahlias to the garden, “harden them off” by exposing them to the outdoors, gradually over a week more and more.
  9. Wait for the fun!

How to grow snapdragons

Growing Snapdragons

How to start and grow Snapdragons

Ah, the beautiful Snapdragon. We have grown them for a few seasons, and have learned a thing or two on how to produce this beautiful, constant blooming flower. We will outline how to grow Snapdragons through a tried and true method. First off, for best success, you have to start them indoors. So find a nice south facing window, or get a grow light and heat mat to get started. Here are some steps.

Growing snapdragons from seed

Growing snapdragon seedlings.

  • Sow your snapdragon seeds indoors 8-12 weeks before the last frost using seeds procured from a reputable seed provider (Johnny’s is my preferred seed provider).
  • Sow the seeds thinly and press them into the top of the soil (they need light to germinate)
  • Keep the soil moist and at around 65 degrees F
  • The seedlings will pop in one or two weeks.
  • The seedlings need plenty of light at this stage to grow, so insure a nice window setting or a grow light. Note: they need rest, so don’t leave your light on 24 hours a day. 16 hours is fine.
  • Once they have 2 set of leaves, thin them out to one plant per cell in your growing tray or pots.
  • To encourage better branching and more flowers, pinch the tops off when the seedlings reach 3-4 inches tall.
  • Feed them some fertilizer at 3-4 weeks.
  • Harden off your seedlings by slowly exposing them to the outdoors over a week.
  • Transplant the hardened-off plants to the garden after the last heavy frost. Snapdragons can tolerate light frost.

That’s it! A quick to guid to growing snapdragons, one of our favorites. Enjoy your flowers in a bed or for cutting throughout the growing season.