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.


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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