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Before we know it, we will be saying, "happy mother's day!" to all the amazing moms out there. My mom is an astounding woman who raised five girls! Kudos also go out to my dad for helping her and surviving our teen years with only one bathroom. But today, let's focus on Mom. 🙂
Gardening Gift Ideas for a Happy Mother's Day
When trying to decide what to get my mom for Mother's Day this year, it was a no-brainer. I would gather my sisters and we would pitch in for a nice collective group gift (or should I say gifts).
Of course, over the years we have all done flowers, candy, gift cards, and all the typical stuff. This year I wanted to make sure we got her something she could really use and that would last.
Knowing her love for gardening but also in consideration of her sore knees, we figured it out.
We would get her some gardening tools that will help her enjoy her gardening hobby without having to bend and kneel too much.
Anyone can appreciate these tools, not just older people. I know a lot of youngsters whose backs ache after a day or even just a few hours hunched over in a garden. Personally, I use the weeding tools so that I don't have to touch the plants much because I have a tick phobia.
Yes, I know they make gardening gloves but even with them on, I get creeped out. I didn't say this was my hobby. At least not yet. As time goes by I am developing more of an interest in container gardens and such.
Hey, you can't really blame me, I've been through a lot with Lyme disease so I am very careful any time I am outdoors; especially if out in thick gardens.
I always have my bug spray and I spray it often! Here is what I prefer to use because it is very effective and natural.
So, anyway, let's just jump right in and talk about some useful weeding tools and planting aids so mom can do what she loves and have a happy mother's day without pain.
Okay, so this thing is cool! You can pop out those dandelions pretty quickly and easily with this. Click the picture below to be taken to the amazon page where you can see video demos and all the reviews.
I read the reviews and there were a few people who mentioned that you can't use it in hard, dry or frozen ground (duh) or you could have trouble if it's very rocky where you're trying to insert the claws.
The sturdy foot lever is great to help make sure you get the claws down deep enough to grab the roots of the weeds. The longer handle eliminates bending so your back will be happier. When it comes to weeding tools, this one is simple and effective.
This raised planter is about 4 feet long, 2 feet wide, and 2.5 feet high, so there is room to grow quite a lot. Also, leaning and bending is minimized thanks to it's height. It's solid wood so it will last.
Again, reading the reviews of the raised planter, I noticed a couple tips people had. One was to line the bottom with something since the holes in the bottom are on the larger side to some soil may come out. The other was to stain the wood with a water resistant stain if you plan to keep this outside to help preserve the wood.
This raised planter requires installation so likely my dad will be put to the test. Actually, I may just ask him to build her one since he's so handy with the woodworking tools.
My mom loves butterflies and humming birds and so I googled to find out which flower bulbs to plant so i can add some bulbs to this year's gift. She lives in New England so May is quite reasonable for Spring planting.
These are the flowers that are said to attract one or both according to American Meadows gardening web site, Tiger Lilies, Trumpet Lilies, Dahlias or Gladiola bulbs.
They have more varieties but I listed the ones I thought she would like most. No more bending and digging with this handy gardening tool.
You can save time and your back with this bulb planter and it makes a 2 1/8 inch diameter hole with varying depths. It can make holes as shallow as 2 inches or as deep as 6 inches.
Gardening Cart on Wheels
When you love to garden but your back doesn't this cart can make all the difference! This cart is handy because it has a seat with adjustable height that swivels as needed. The wheels don't sink into the ground like some other carts do.
The tray is great for setting your phone, hand tools, gloves, and your water bottle on, for easy access.
It's literally like a mini tractor scooter, with the look and that seat design! Grandkids love this too.
The seat rotates 360 degrees, which raises or lowers the seat as needed. You won't be suffering nearly as much when you garden with this versus bending or kneeling.
Alright so these are the things we plan to get our mom for her happy mother's day this year. I was also thinking it would be sweet if we threw in the following things too!
Mom will be styling in this water resistant and UV protecting head wear.
Every single year now I have to get another spot burned off my face. Not to mention, burns are very painful! So make sure mom wears her sunscreen.
Everyone needs a couple good pairs of gardening gloves just in case there's a spider or something worse in those flowers!
These are pretty cool and helpful for people who may have arthritis as they're ergonomically designed to reduce the stress on your hands.
Happy Mother's Day! (or Father's Day, or Birthday...You get the point)
There you have it! Some great ideas for gardening lovers who don't love the back aches or knee pain that come with the bending and kneeling.
If you are a true garden lover, try growing your own tomato plants with Papa's secret garden tricks!