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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Gifts for the Gardener

I was provided products to review. No other compensation was given. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

We love gardening in our family! I think that if we would all have a garden of some sort, even a little potted garden, we would all be that much healthier...and happier. Growing your own food has so many benefits, so if you are not already a gardener, maybe these awesome gifts will inspire you!

Most gardeners have a trowel or a hand spade to move potting soil and compost from the bag to a planting container. Unfortunately, those tools are too small to efficiently get the job done and the soil spills everywhere. Now there’s a tool specifically designed for scooping—the stainless steel potting scoop from Joseph Bentley Tools.

Made of polished stainless steel and contoured oak, this useful tool is beautiful and well-made. The scoop is 6 inches long and 4⅓ inches wide, and it’s deep, with high sloped sides that capture the soil and keep it from spilling over. This added size holds a lot of soil that stays secure until you’re ready to pour it into your container or garden plot. The steel scoop is polished to prevent the soil from adhering to the sides, and it is attached to a handle of FSC certified, responsibly harvested oak. The entire tool measures 15¾ inches long, making it the perfect size for filling window boxes, hanging baskets and large containers. The convenient leather strap makes it easy to slip the scoop onto a tool belt or hang it on the potting bench.

What I love most about this scoop is how sturdy and well-made it is. This is truly a helpful tool!
Find it for $15.99 in fine gardening stores and online at and

Sometimes you need a digging tool that’s longer than a hand tool but shorter than a long-handled tool. That’s when the Joseph Bentley Stainless Steel Midi 3-Prong Cultivator really comes in handy. Designed as a combination rake and fork, this tool digs, aerates, weeds and combs the soil. Whether you are cleaning up the vegetable patch in autumn or transplanting seedlings in spring, this tool does it all.

Constructed of stainless steel and sustainably harvested oak, this durable tools measures 24½ inches long, with an 18-inch contoured handle that feels comfortable in your hand and results in less fatigue during a long day of gardening. The curved, pointed prongs are 3 inches long after the bend, so they can dig to a depth of several inches in the soil. These sharp points are great for piercing stubborn soil and cutting furrows for sowing, while the shape of the blades enables them to snag and lift weeds, tangled roots, and other debris from the soil. The 18-inch handle lets you work the soil in a big sweep in all directions.

Another very sturdy, well-made tool! Since we till our garden by hand, this is a great tool for getting our soil ready for planting or weeding big chunks of empty space. In the past, we have had shovels and other garden tools break while we use them, but I do not see that happening with this cultivator. This tool sells for $18.99 in fine gardening stores and online at and

1 comment:

  1. These look like well made garden tools. I enjoy working outside in the yard and plan on making a vegetable garden in the future. Now I keep busy with the lawn and leaves in the spring and summer. We do have a large yard.
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