Five for Friday - top green-fingered Christmas gifts

00:16, Nov 09 2012

The tree has gone up in Midland Park, the malls are decked with boughs of fake holly, and it's beginning to feel a lot like the build-up to Christmas.

I like to do things a little bit on the cheap in the garden - make my own fertilisers and compost, find tools and pots that are recycled, and generally keep my gardening as economic as I can. But I'm not immune to the lure of the garden centre, and there are more than a few things I would like to find under the Christmas tree this year. Perhaps the gardener in your life would too?

Here's what I'm hoping Santa brings me:

A never-ending supply of compost from Composting NZ. I can't keep up with the amount of compost I need to top up my beds and make potting mix. And bonus - these guys might let your little ones ride in the digger.

I bought a Joseph Bentley trowel earlier this year and I love it. I want more wooden handled tools. They make me feel like I'm gardening in old Blighty, without the blight.

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Lemons and limes need warmth and free draining soil. They also loathe competition, so putting them somewhere they can be alone and selfish is ideal. I would dearly love to plant our poor on-its-las-legs lime tree and our two Meyer lemons in these delicious  wine barrels.

I don't really have the room at Wild Estate for a glasshouse, but boy, would I love one! That might take the worry out of growing tomatoes. A friend of mine is currently building one, and I'm eager to see how it will all work out. This glasshouse from The Greenhouse Shop might fit the bill - one day.

When I was a kid, the family wheelbarrow was where my mates and I played games of the Owl and the Pussycat. As an adult, my first wheelbarrow cost $10 from the dump shop and was coated in old concrete. The handle finally rusted away earlier this year after about three years use. So I want this one to replace it from New Zealand Wheelbarrows. It's awesome, sturdy and totally suitable as a pea green boat should the Trusty Assistant feel inspired.

What are you hoping Santa will bring this year? And what you are buying your  green-fingered friends and family?

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