Goddess of the Garden

I don’t know about you, but the last few weeks have been a mixture of sun and rain, and with things finally sprouting up green, I’m sure many of you are itching to get out into the garden to get your hands dirty. With that in mind, today’s gift ideas are all about pleasing the gardener in your life. Read on & enjoy!

Seed Bombs
Seed Bombs – $12.91 each @ Crate & Barrel
The conceit behind seed bombing is pretty simple. Take a pre-formed ball of seeds, clay, and soil conditioner, toss it, and watch as a garden blooms over time. It’s actually caught traction in urban centres where do-gooders have handily tossed bits of earth at dilapidated patches. These adorable burlap bags come packed with four seed bombs for you to spruce up a corner of your own garden. Hand them out as party favours, or gift one as a thank you to a neighbour for looking after your lawn while on summer holidays.

Gardener Seat and Tool Valet

Gardener Seat & Tool Valet – $48 @ Elderluxe
For all the beautiful results, gardening can be tough (and dirty) on your joints – particularly your knees. Rest easier with this comfortable, portable gardener’s seat that allows you to stay close to the ground without the back-breaking act of putting your weight on your knees. Not only do you get a seat, you’ll also get a handy detachable tote bag with slots for the included gardening tools (or your preferred accessories). A particularly good choice for people that suffer from chronic joint pain but still want to get back to their roots.

Pet Grass Garden In A BagPet Grass ‘Garden In A Bag’ – $10.99 each @ Well.ca
If you’re not a crazy gardener but you are a crazy pet lover, then treat your feline friend or precious pooch to some homegrown grass – an all-natural way to give your furry pal a genuine buzz. All you have to do is throw some water into these leak-proof bags, place them in sunshine somewhere inside, and watch as a bounty of pet grass sprouts up. Just keep an eye on it so your pet doesn’t actually go to town and knock ’em off whatever sunny ledge you’ve got them perched on.

Herb DryerHerb Dryers – $19.50+ @ Lee Valley
When you’ve got a bounty of fresh herbs growing in your garden, savour ’em and ramp up the taste factor for your favourite dishes by air drying your own herbs. These foldable mesh dryers come in two sizes and can be easily tucked away during the cooler months. Their 360 degree ventilation makes it easy for you to evenly and naturally, so you can enjoy the spoil of your garden well after the first frost hits.

3 WAY MIX Final Dec20

Pefferlaw Peat Organic Soils – $2.49 – $13.99 @ Various
Every discerning gardener knows your plants are only as good as the soil they’re grown in. Pefferlaw is a Canadian outfit that produces a huge variety of certified organic soils, free of artificial additives, clay, and by-products for a honest-to-goodness growing foundation. If you’re looking to grow foodstuffs, investing in organic soil is particularly critical as a way to skip the pesticides that are usually present on grocery-bought produce. Whether you’re looking for premium planting or seeding mixes, compost, manure, topsoil, or black earth – every last one of Pefferlaw’s 10 bagged products are certified organic by Pro-Cert Canada Ltd. Before mom and dad get puttering around in the garden this summer, pick up a bag at your nearest garden store, Freshco, Foodland, Sobeys or Home Hardware.

I’ve got two green-thumbed giveaways today! One reader will score a gift card to pick up some Pefferlaw Peat products to kickstart the growing season, while the other one will walk away with a gardener’s kit featuring gloves, seeds, and a small bag of soil. If you want to get down & dirty, here’s how to enter:

1) Leave a comment by June 14th with your level of gardening expertise! Are you a total novice? A green-thumbed goddess? Do you plant herbs? Flowers? Shrubs? Veggies? Share your story to win!

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around June 15th to select the winners, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible to participate in this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: Pin any or all of the five garden-themed items featured in this post to score up to 5 bonus entries. Just leave a link to your pin(s) in the comments below.

107 Responses to “Goddess of the Garden”
  1. janicour says:

    I love to garden, and have a huge one as I live in a rural area. I grow almost everything I need for the summer and winter. I dry my herbs on the Lee Valley dryer you have above. I love the seed bombs and have pinned them, even though the reviews were not great for them. http://pinterest.com/janicour/gardening/.

  2. leah leitch says:

    I’m a gardening wannabe……………if I could only figure out how to get more time to be outside!
    Pinned all http://pinterest.com/pin/538813542888876804/

  3. Leah says:

    I don’t have any gardening experience…wish I did though! My mom is coming over next weekend to help me set up my garden 😛

  4. kittypride says:

    I am a novice gardener, I have had some success at growing vegetables.

  5. Joan G says:

    I definitely don’t have a green thumb but my hubby is pretty good at it. We have lots of flowers, shrubs and tree as well as a small strawberry garden. He would put this prize to good use.

  6. Lori P says:

    I’m probably best described as an ‘intermediate’ gardener. We plant a vegetable garden every year and tend to the raspberry canes, plus grow an assortment of flowers in our established flower beds from seed.

  7. Julie G. says:

    I plant herbs, flowers & veggies. I’m no pro, but I’ve had some decent success with gardening through the years.

  8. I do not have a green thumb. I try to plant a few flowers and potatoes,,but thats about it.

  9. Gemma says:

    I’m a novice…but I’d love to learn!

  10. donyadonya says:

    My thumbs are green to the bone !!!

    I have planted fruit trees, to flowers of many sorts; both in doors and out. Huge gardens, with a variety of vegetables and herbs. Gardening is such a passion of mine !!

    I have learned during my years of planting not to drink 2 coolers while planting a vegetable garden in the heat. The rows turn out to be slanted and not in a straight line. ha ha ha !

  11. Diane P says:

    I love to be outside working in my yard. I do flower beds, shrubs and flower pots. Don’t seems to have much luck with veggies.

  12. i love to garden i love the chair tool seat that’s something new

  13. Sylvia says:

    I love my garden. Over the years I have planted perennials that put on a great show, and shrubs that are covered in flowers. I also love to grow tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, zucchini and cucumbers. I eagerly await all the new plants that come out every year and always buy a few to add to my garden. Then there are the annuals that instantly cheer up my landscape. if I could, I would stay outside in my garden all day.

  14. cookie3 says:

    I’m not the best gardener in the world, due mostly because of a bad back. I do however plant lots of flowers, a bit of lettuce ,green peppers & chives & parsley. Love the colour burst that flowers bring to a space.

  15. Caroline says:

    I am a novice who has nurtured our very firstPumpkin patch with my two year old son, we weeded every day, watered, sang to it, and watched the plant rise with gorgeous purple flowers, but no pumpkins ever! I finally asked my expert garden friend and she came over to see what it was I had grown as she said there was no such thing as a pumpkin plant with beautiful little purple flowers. Well it turned out my son and I had the most beautiful weed patch in the entire neighbourhood! I did not have the heart to tell my son so hubby bought some pumpkins at the store that we placed around the patch at the end of the season so that our son had his pumpkins after all.

  16. Jennifer L. says:

    I’m a newbie but I’m working hard to learn! I plant herbs, veggies and flowers. Each year I try to plant a little more than the previous year and am learning as I go.

  17. gmamaye says:

    I love gardening and most people that know me say I have a green thumb…well gee that is flattering but really mostly it kind of grows on it’s own without me doing much more than making sure they get enough water. I compost anything I can and use that to help it but yes, I have a plum tree and cherry tree, they do well. Grass clipping are used to mulch up the soil where I do not have enough compost for. I grow flowers of any sort I can get and keep adding each year. I just love those that are perannuals plants and flowers and stay well over winter right there in the spots I want them to be. And I love fresh veggies so usually have a variety of such each year. I always love to read up and learn off other gardeners so there is never a time a person cannot learn enough.

  18. Patricia says:

    I love to garden but I love planning gardens that don’t need a lot of work so everytime we move it means a fair bit of experimenting so I can say newnie or experienced. i’m always a work in progress. Right now I’m living with a yard that is totally shaded so I am trying to introduce more color into my garden.

  19. Marilyn Gerald says:

    My daughter in Law is definately the Garden Goddess. Her ability to landscape, and create an attractive atmosphere is beyond belief. Would love to gift her with this prize

  20. Renee Vanderkuip says:

    Love to garden

  21. karen H says:

    I’m a total novice, I’d like to be able to grow something that didn’t die it would be nice.

  22. April Campbell says:

    total novice

  23. corkroseKay says:

    Lovely gifts for gardeners – beginning and expert. I love to play in the dirt and am always so surprised when plants grow yet again. I ahve shade & sun & veggies and all sorts of a moving landscape.

  24. corkrose says:

    Love to garden – play in the dirt & always am amazed when things keep growing. Love to experiment and have fun.

  25. Audrey Skinner says:

    I am a complete novice and have to work extremely hard to keep my few annuals alive on my deck.

  26. Irene says:

    I love to garden and have recently bought a mini greenhouse to start my own seeds. So far, I have little lettuce plants, but some seeds have yet to sprout. I need more heat so my tomatoes can be transplanted in the ground. Gardening is a lot of fun and very therapeutic to me. I am trying to get my husband to join me outside so he can see how rewarding it is when you see your first bloom or tomato ripen from a tiny seed you planted yourself.

  27. i love to plant lots of flowers all around my living space-i have recently discovered the many joys & uses of Fuschia plants-can’t get enough of ’em…i am only an mid-level gardener but i spend like i’m a pro!

  28. curtis miller says:

    Very new to gardening as we never had one until this year… Looking forward to getting into it!

  29. Deanna Barkley says:

    I love to garden. I have a good sized vegetable garden, several (my husband says too many) flower gardens and an herb garden.

  30. Jennifer C. says:

    I think I could be a “green-thumbed goddess!” 🙂 I grow a small pumpkin patch every year. I love to carve the pumpkins that I grow for Halloween. For the fun of it, I have grown different colours of pumpkins (red, blue, and even white). I have started growing some peas and tomatoes, too! My yard is also full of flowers (annuals, perennials, and bulbs) and I love to care for all of them.

  31. Karen says:

    I have average gardening experience. Enjoy perennial garden beds the most. This year i’d like to plant an herb garden as I love to cook with fresh herbs!

  32. Jennifer C. says:

    Bonus Entry #1

  33. Jennifer C. says:

    Bonus Entry #2

  34. Jennifer C. says:

    Bonus Entry #3

  35. Jennifer C. says:

    Bonus Entry #4

  36. Jennifer C. says:

    Bonus Entry #5

  37. Davidson Chan says:

    love this sight

  38. Valerie Caldicott says:

    well we moved from big family home 2 years ago to a patio home so have downsized my garden. As this is a new home I am staritng fresh so this prize would be a bonus. I mostly go for low maintainence perenials plus azalias, rhodos & hydrangeas. We have very mild climate on Sunshine Coast of BC.

  39. Donna L. says:

    I started gardening about 15 years ago, and I’m still learning the art of gardening every day.

  40. rumiko says:

    I’m a total novice and don’t have much of a green thumb…however, I do manage to plant a whole assortment of herbs and at least some tomatoes each year in my little patch of dirt I like to call a garden! It’s wild but it grows and we enjoy it a lot.

  41. Linda Demunck says:

    I live on a farm and love to garden. When my kids were young my vegetable garden was often neglected, but we always managed to have tomatoes and green peppers along with plenty of weeds. Now, I am retired and have flower beds, shrubs, and a small vegetable garden. I have been gardening for over 30 years, but I still have plenty to learn.

  42. beewbedard says:

    I would say I am an average gardener – we love to grow flowers but are thinking about trying veggies

  43. tenofclubs says:

    Love to garden, pretty new at it but had a wonderful tomato harvest last year. Herbs, nothing like going out to your garden and picking fresh basil and parsley.

  44. debra says:

    love to garden-vegetables,herbs and flowers

  45. Zaheeda Nasser says:

    I am a total novice at gardening. I take care of the inside of the house, my hubby, the outside. We live on a pie-shaped lot and have a large backyard. This is just the prize to get me started!

  46. Stephen Tiffney says:

    Not a great gardener by any means..we planted a lot of veggies this year but it appears that mice are eating all the young plants..very disheartening..

  47. Debbie Petch says:

    I love gardening but gardening does not like me. My plants start out good but end up dying. It is very frustrating!

  48. Ashley O says:

    I know enough to get by 🙂
    I’ve learned a lot through family, friends & neighbours.

  49. darlene boyle says:

    I HAVE A VERY LARGE GARDEN and a pond love the seed bombs

  50. Kristi Renout says:

    We had a garden one year that our tenant started for us, but when he left and we took over, it didn’t seem to do quite as well. We still ended up with some pretty good snap peas though!

  51. Nicole B says:

    I am a total novice. We just bought a new house that needs quite a bit of work in the garden so I’m trying to learn fast!!

  52. Darrah Bailey says:

    I love gardening! Nothing feels better than sinking your hands into some earth! I love the soil between my fingers… Id say I am a green thumb

  53. Rita J says:

    I started with a wonderful garden and now I have a small farm! I am no expert but, I love growing things and feeding people.

  54. Maggie says:

    I am a pretty active gardener. I have about 5500 sq in gardens. My big thing is to grow everything from seed. Veg and flowers. I have sold at our Farmer’s Market the past two years but now with the baby I am not sure when I will get back.

  55. Mike Gismondi says:

    I’m a novice

  56. Angela Griffin says:

    I just started gardening and love it!

  57. Beth Rosell says:

    I’m still a novice because this is my first year doing a garden with my mom.

  58. shelsbels says:

    I have the worlds biggest garden (inherited) and i am the worlds worst gardener. Its a source of massive guilt.

  59. mickey53 says:

    I love to garden especially flowers

  60. Phil says:

    Just building my first ever vegetable garden. Not sure what I’m doing!!

  61. Sandi Tymchuk says:

    I am a lazy gardener who enjoys perennials and a square-foot (4’x4′) vegetable garden, with minimal weeding. I could always use some more tools to make it even easier, though!

  62. lori butler says:

    i love to spend time out in the garden, just even sitting and looking at the flowers, I find it relaxing

  63. Heather A says:

    I have a semi-green thumb. If it’s a hardy perennial it has a chance in my garden. I love flowers but they do not love me.

  64. Corry VanHooft says:

    I grow mostly vegetables ,for fresh consuming and for freezing and storage for winter use for the family,we harvest the first spring onions ,Aspergus ,right in to fall with storage for carrots ,cabbage,Strawberry’s and gooseberries for fresh eating ,strawberry short cake and jams,nothing like your own grocerie store in your back yard ,good eating

  65. Edmond says:

    Pick me, pick me! Your next winner!!! Show me the money!!! I had some success in growing beans, bonsai tree, strawberries. It would be a dream come true & means more to me than anyone else to win. Starving artist here desperately needs the prize to grow & eat again. Winner, winnner. Chicken dinner. A life changing experience. Top of my bucket list. Thank you for the awesomeness, the contest, & generousity.

  66. Fiona Gobolos says:

    I was an avid gardener in Australia but Canadian weather has reduced me to a novice once more! I miss having fresh herbs and veges but don’t know where to start, so this prize would be an amazing help for me! 🙂

  67. Lisa says:

    I’ve been planting a vegetable garden and a flower garden for 15 years. I’d say I have a fairly green thumb.

  68. I don’t have much of green thumb, I don’t let that stop me. I’ve been composting so I’m hoping that’s all about to change!!! I just planted some tomato plants , Swiss chard , lettuce & a few hanging baskets on the patio. Wish me luck! Thanks Canadiangiftguide.com for this great contest/giveaway. xx my fingers are crossed & good luck to all 😉

  69. Susan says:

    I wish I had a green thumb, but it tends to be brown. I do like to plant and garden and tug out those horrid weeds.

  70. Rae Davenport says:

    Intermediate. I’ve learned lots over the years and tend to have a green thumb with indoor plants as well as outdoor.

  71. Lori says:

    I love to garden. I moved a couple years ago from house to apartment and this really sucked. My landlady allowed me to take care of some of the gardens. I also volunteered one year at our local museum to clean up the gardens (that hadnt been touched in 5 yrs).

  72. Sherry F says:

    I guess I am intermediate….better than a novice but have a lot to learn. I haven’t had a lot of time in the last few years to do much gardening, but really want to fix up my garden this year. It will take a lot of work but will be worth it to create my own little Eden.

  73. It’s only my second year gardening, but I think I have a bit of a knack for it! Still, a newbie! I love my vegetable and herb garden!
    rebthecatsitter at gmail dot com

  74. Tracy Martin says:

    Complete beginner. My garden is a plant pot on the front steps with geraniums. But I would love to have a garden with trees.

  75. Jessica L. says:

    Total beginner with aspirations to be a novice 🙂

  76. This would be my first time gardening!

  77. GARRY S says:


  78. Linda Peters says:

    middle of the road gardner, but do love putting in pernailas and a few veggies for the summer.
    I seem to do well with the hostas so some more of those are going in, thanks

  79. Jeannie Smyth says:

    Im a pretty good gardener but by no means an expert. My mother let me help her in the garden when I was young. Ive got all sorts of veggies in my garden from tomatoes to zucchini and I have all kinds of herbs plus Ive got both annuals and perennials and of course my beloved roses!

  80. Carolyn says:

    I started out as a novice, not I would say I am intermediate after 20 years of gardening. I love mucking in the garden, trying new things, loving all the flowers. I always wanted a vegatable garden, but I’ve never had one, maybe in my next home.

  81. We have a really big garden but I am definitely learning as I go!

  82. Andrew P says:

    I’m a novice, but always willing to learn more 🙂

  83. Brenda Lacourciere says:

    I love to garden but I am a beginner. I need to learn so much more.

  84. Kazdot says:

    For the past couple of years, I’ve been growing a small garden on my deck. I grow tomatoes, or course (I’m Italian), and basil and parsley, but I’ve expanded to a lot more herbs: oregano and cilantro and mint and lemon balm and stevia. It’s great to have to go no further than my yard to get fresh greens.

    Bonus entries:

  85. maria says:

    My whole family has a green thumb but me. I love when they give me vegetables from their garden! I really want to start my own garden and definetly inspired by these items!

  86. Holly says:

    I’ve never grown anything but I have a hanging basket in my sunroom that I really want to plant something in!!

  87. Sean Pynaert says:

    I am a novice. I just plant stuff and let it grow.

  88. diane p says:

    I do not have a green thumb. I do plant herbs, lettuce and some vegetables.

  89. wai man says:

    flowers , herbs are what i like to grow

  90. Wendy says:

    I’m a new container gardener planting both flowers and tomatoes!

  91. laura says:

    I love to garden and those seed bombs look pretty cool to try. I love roses and have lots around my deck and along our backyard. I just wish the weather would co operate a bit more of as of late not much to get excited about.

  92. Ria A. says:

    A novice but I’ve planted different types of flowers (tulips are my favourite) for two consecutive years now, and I’ve enjoyed seeing them blossom each time!

  93. Crystal Englot says:

    I am a green thumbed goddess! I love everything to do with gardening! I am currently woking on a new shrub and perennial garden for the side of my house.

  94. andrea4444 says:

    My mother is really into gardening, but I am sadly a total novice!

  95. blessedta says:

    A green goddess who likes to plant flowers.

  96. Sherri F says:

    I am very much a novice. I have lots of ideas but I don’t have a clue how to do most of it.

  97. kathy wilson says:

    I don;t have a garden but love to visit them

  98. Alison K says:

    My level of gardening expertise is pretty much NIL. My stamp size plot of mud has a few plants but it looks more like an abandoned plot than something of any thought … help!

    Bonus Pinterest entries:
    Seed Bombs: http://pinterest.com/pin/190347521723502469/
    Gardener Seat & Tool Valet: http://pinterest.com/pin/190347521723502481/
    Pet Grass ‘Garden In A Bag’: http://pinterest.com/pin/190347521723502496/
    Herb Dryers: http://pinterest.com/pin/190347521723502509/
    Pefferlaw Peat Organic Soils: http://pinterest.com/pin/190347521723502517/

  99. Tanya C says:

    I have a green thumb to my gardens. I have no luck with indoor plants though. I take care of the flowers, shrubs and planters. My bf does the fruits and veggies. We have tons of plants outside and almost no room for anything new. I tend to give away a lot of things when I do need to make space.

  100. Darcie says:

    We’re decent gardeners, but we like to keep it simple and low maintenance.

  101. Sandra S says:

    This is my 3rd year of planting my veggie garden. It is a hard battle at keeping the slugs from eating my plants, but I still get to enjoy my fair share of tomatoes and lettuce and such..

  102. Leah says:

    I’m a novice gardener. I can usually keep plants alive for a few months before they die :(. I’m practicing though!

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