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MakesCakesWhenStressed Tue 26-Mar-13 16:15:40

My DH and I have finally bought our own house and he's getting really into the gardening. We have a decent set of tools and some gloves and a shed, but otherwise not much in the way of equipment. It's his birthday soon and I'd like to get him something useful for a new enthusiastic gardener. One thing I was considering was a gardener's tool belt, but wondered if it was one of those things sold to clueless amateurs.

Any ideas?

MrsHiddleston Tue 26-Mar-13 16:20:39

I wouldn't bother with a tool belt to be honest. Why about a subscription to a gardening magazine? Or a water butt? Or a small greenhouse? Or a composter?

Suttonmum1 Tue 26-Mar-13 16:33:58

Wheelbarrow (a builders one from DIY is best value) useful for garden DIY too. Greenhouse with plastic cover. Tubtrug style bucket, flexible with handles. Seed trays & seeds.

cantspel Tue 26-Mar-13 19:10:20

a water butt and stand
a composter
lawn edger
patio planters, pots or tubs
some decent plant food ie miracle grow or flower power
a cold frame (lidl had them for £29.99 the other week)
some plants
a poly tunnel

Rhubarbgarden Tue 26-Mar-13 19:25:21

Membership of the RHS

MrsHiddleston Tue 26-Mar-13 19:39:16

Membership of the rhs is actually quite cheap at the moment. His single membership gets in a guest every time and you get a garden magazine every month sent in the post. But if you don't live near any gardens it's not a good idea.

Rhubarbgarden Tue 26-Mar-13 20:43:37

Tickets to the Chelsea Flower Show

funnyperson Wed 27-Mar-13 11:31:55

One of those seats for two with a table in between for you both to sit in the garden and enjoy it smile

MakesCakesWhenStressed Wed 27-Mar-13 11:54:23

Freecycle has provided us with a table and 6 chairs grin

I just realised we have no gardening books! blush We love books. What would be a good book for a new gardener with a new, rather small, garden?

Btw, lived the rhs idea, but no garden nearby. Might get that for my mum though, she's near Wisley so it'd be great for her

cantspel Wed 27-Mar-13 18:38:14

You dont need books if you have the internet. Just google any thing you need to know.
If you want books just to add to the general gardening clutter have a look in your local charity shop as they usually have plenty.

Rhubarbgarden Wed 27-Mar-13 19:42:20

RHS Encyclopedia of Gardening is great.

djelibeybi Wed 03-Apr-13 16:53:43

I it was me, I'd rather have a cold frame than belts, books or memberships. I have filled two large ones and am just building a third one out of old double glazing.

MusicalEndorphins Mon 08-Apr-13 14:41:31

I like gardening books, maybe one that lists the plants by being annual or perennials, and tells if they need sun or shade, soil type, if a plant is fragrant or not, blooming seasons for flowers and so on.
Books to choose from

MusicalEndorphins Wed 10-Apr-13 08:13:59

Garden Gnomes.

purplewithred Fri 12-Apr-13 21:52:30

There are loads of associated gardens you can get into with rhs membership, not just the rhs ones.

I always like vouchers, to be spent on a singe extravagant plant.

purplewithred Sat 13-Apr-13 16:31:26

ooh forgot get him something from here copper tools Vega hand fork is a really good starter tool. I now have the hand fork, big and small trowels and border spade and fork and LURVE them all.

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