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 December 17, 2013  Posted by  At Home, Gardening, Hot Deals, Shopping
Popular home gardening vegetables to grow and preserve.

Home gardening is a popular pastime across the country. Here are our gift ideas, especially for those who practice vegetable gardening and organic home gardening.  We’ve selected the best gardening gift ideas costing $25 or less. Our gift ideas include magazines, books, seeds and gardening tools and accessories.

Magazines about organic and vegetable gardening

  • CountryLiving offers smart sensible ideas for home and garden. The magazine features everyday tasks that connect you with the land and the seasons. A one-year gift subscription (10 issues) is $12.
  • Countryside, established in 1917, offers information about homesteading. The magazine emphasizes home food production. Article topics include small-scale livestock, food preservation, frugality, money management and old-time skills. A one-year gift subscription (6 issues) is $18.
  • Heirloom Gardener fascinates heirloom enthusiasts and natural gardeners. The magazine also covers preserving food, organic gardening, saving your own seed, homesteading and self-sufficiency. A one-year gift subscription (4 quarterly issues) is $15, and two years is $26.
  • Mother Earth News is the quintessential guide to living on the cheap. The magazine regularly includes articles on organic gardening, modern homesteading and sustainable farming. A one-year subscription (6 issues) for either the print or online edition is just $10.00, or %15.00 for both editions.
  • Organic Gardening offers information about tending an organic garden, storing crops, cooking and preserving food.  A two-year subscription (12 issues) is $23.94.

Gift ideas for garden books under $25

  • All New Square Foot Gardening teaches everyone how to garden successfully. Children, adults with limited mobility and the gardening novice find techniques that are easy-to-understand and practice.
  • American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden talks about the food we feed our families and our need to confront the epidemic of childhood obesity by growing healthier food.
  • Root Cellaring: Natural Cold Storage of Fruits & Vegetables, the first book devoted entirely to the subject, explains techniques for energy-saving ways to keep garden vegetables fresh all year long.
  • The Backyard Homestead details how to grow and use vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts and eggs, as well as how to keep bees, chickens and livestock , all on just one-quarter acre.
  • The Home Preserving Bible is a new and comprehensive guide to food preservation methods, with over 300 delicious recipes. Included are easy-to-understand instructions for eight methods for preserving foods, using many different techniques and tools, both ancient and modern.

Heirloom seeds and gardening accessories

  • Baker Creek carries 1,300 varieties of heirloom seeds from 70 countries and has one of the largest selections of seeds from the 19th century. All Baker seeds are non-hybrid, non-GMO, non-treated and non-patented. Electronic or print gift certificates begin at just $2.
  • D. Landreth Seed Company features seeds for the patio gardener and unique collections. Patio plants thrive in small spaces. The African American Heritage Seed Collection includes heirloom fruit and vegetable seeds carried by enslaved peoples from Africa and the Caribbean that became the staples of soul food. On the anniversary of its 225th year, Landreth is pleased to offer the collection for everyone who treasures freedom. Gift certificates begin at $10.
  • Gardener’s Supply Company is owned and operated by gardeners in Vermont. They offer dozens of gifts for gardeners under $25 including, gloves, garden tools, bird feeders and more. We like their colorful trug (baskets) in three sizes, which would make great gifts for almost anyone.
  • Johnny’s Selected Seeds tests hundreds of seed varieties, gardening tools and farm equipment every year at their certified organic farm in Maine. Johnny’s suggests many gift ideas  under $25, including flower seed mixes, gloves, rain gauges, books and hand tools. Gift certificates begin at $10.
  • Territorial Seed Company has always sought to offer the best-adapted seeds, plants and starts. Their seeds include hybrid, open-pollinated, heirloom and organic varieties. Gift certificates begin at $10.
  • Whatcom Seed Company in Oregon is a leading online supplier of rare and unusual seeds for home gardeners and retail growers worldwide. Gift certificates begin at $5.
  • Southern Exposure Seed Exchange offers more than 700 varieties of vegetable, flower, herb, grain and cover crop seeds. They emphasize varieties that perform well in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. They also offer unusual Southern heirlooms, including peanuts, southern peas, collards, okra, turnip greens, corns and butterbeans. Electronic or print gift certificates begin at just $1.

Carole Cancler

Carole Cancler is a business and technology professional with experience in food science, technical writing, and product development. Her former company, Private Chef Natural Gourmet in Seattle, Washington specialized in frozen gourmet meals. Prior to that, Carole spent 11 years at Microsoft as a software engineer and program manager. Her writing expertise includes business intelligence, websites, newsletters, and recipe development. Currently, she focuses on writing and consulting for the food and technology industries and, for fun, teaches cooking classes. Her first cookbook, The Home Preserving Bible is available on Amazon. Carole owns and operates Greater Seattle on the Cheap.

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