Want to give a gift this Mother’s Day that’s both trendy and tasty? Then garden up. Chances are your mom is eager to make like Mother Nature because gardening is all the rage and at its highest level in the U.S. in more than a decade. According to a report by the National Gardening Association, 35% of all households (42 million households) are growing food at home or in a community garden. That’s a jump of 17% in just five years. And the largest participants? Younger households–up 63%. So whether yours is a home filled with kids or a quiet empty nest, feed Mom’s love for the garden with practically perfect presents like these.
Big yards are not as common now as in the past so many of today’s gardeners need small space solutions. That’s why containers like these (I call them gardens a-go-go) are so hot. The Compact VegTrug™ Patio Garden is a Green Thumb Award winner with a V-shape design that makes it easy to grow deep-rooted plants like tomatoes in the center and shallow-rooted crops (like salad greens) along the edges. Although dubbed the Poppy® Planter, this cheery colored planter also works for vegetables and herbs; and it folds flat for off-season storage. The Elevated Rolling U-Garden is made of butcher block cedar and aluminum. Its wheel barrow-style design makes it easy to roll your garden into the sun or shade; and the planter is large enough to accommodate three tomato cages.
Speaking of tomatoes…My mom’s never met a tomato she didn’t like. So when I spotted Salsarific Salsa Roma tomato plants at my local Calloway’s Nursery, I knew I’d found the perfect gift. Like my mom, yours will like the versatility of this medium-sized meaty tomato that’s ideal for everything from sauces and soups to salsa. And face it, nothing matches the flavor of a home-grown tomato. So give an edible gift. Fill a basket with several tomato plants and a fresh salsa recipe (like P. Allen Smith’s Grilled Tomato Salsa). Yum.
Modernist moms will gravitate to upwardly mobile mini gardens. Pyramid Wall Planters are made of galvanized iron wire and have a coconut husk insert to hold plants. Create a floating garden with Industrial Hanging Planters that are fashioned of galvanized iron and natural rope.
And what gardener wouldn’t smile at the sight of one of these? Hand-crafted Willow Tuteurs are a natural way to train vines and keep climbing plants like tomatoes in their place. The Little White Garden Gnome stands watch with a stylish wink to garden kitsch. And the Solar Firefly Jar brings to mind the carefree days of childhood that every mom remembers.
Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Time to garden up!