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The following are some of our favorite things we’ve found that are perfect for both urban gardeners and small spaces. From useful tools to cool gardening gifts, these are just a few things we think are really neat.

We think you’ll love them too.


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Garden Supplies

Ollas (Pronounced 'Oya')

We love these little ancient water vessels for self watering!

Ollas, pronounced ‘oyas’ are buried in the ground or in your garden containers and filled with water. Because they are made of clay, the ollas allow water to seep slowly into the soil, watering your plants directly at the roots.

They’ve been used for hundreds of years, and can dramatically reduce your water waste and watering time. Just top them up with water every few days and the rest is taken care of.

'Smart Pots' Grow Bags

Smart Pots or grow bags are great options for small gardens, especially when weight is an issue (such as on a balcony). These fabric containers are lightweight and breathable, which allows the roots of your plants to be ‘air pruned’ so they do not become root bound.

At the end of the growing season you can empty them out and fold them up to store for next year. They’re pretty sturdy and normally last at least a few seasons.

They come in all different sizes, so pick the ones that suit you best! We find the 3 gallon, 5 gallon and 7 gallon the most useful.

Earth Box - Self Watering Planter Kit

Earth Boxes are well known, award-winning container garden kits that are fantastic for low maintenance container gardens.

They come with everything you need to get them going (minus soil) and will help you cut down on watering time and increase crop production. These Earth Boxes have an internal reservoir in the bottom that you’ll need to top up periodically. But since they water your plants from the bottom, they’ll grow stronger root systems.

Gifts + Kits

Back to the Roots Organic Mushroom Farm

Growing your own mushrooms can be a tricky business, but it is a fun project to try and to learn from! If you can master it, you’ll have your own supply of fresh mushrooms in no time. We recommend these easy to use kits from Back to the Roots, that make growing gourmet oyster mushroom a piece of cake. These little kits are simple to get going and are easy enough for kids!

Ceramic Skull Planter

How could we not include something like this on our list?

Add some Lobotany to your life with a ‘lobotanized’ ceramic skull planter 🙂

Herbs for Wine Lovers - Pocket Garden Kit

We love this little kit from Potting Shed Creations as a gift or for someone just getting started with gardening.

This kit contains a collection of culinary herb seeds (Greek oregano, basil, garlic chives, English thyme, Italian parsley) that were carefully chosen to compliment your culinary skills and fine wine selections.

If you are both a wine lover and have a bit of a green thumb, or if you just feel like trying something new, this kit contains all you need to get going plus a simple guide for pairing wines with dishes seasoned with herbs.

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