Plants

SR Garden ID tags

Without the title of this post to guide you, chances are you might not realize what exactly you’re seeing in the above photo. However, the dirt background and white grease pencil would certainly clue you in after a little while, and if you’re familiar with all of Scout Regalia’s offerings, you’d have it pegged even sooner. The SR Garden ID tags are made of powder coated aluminum and are reusable, of course, by wiping the ID tags with rubbing alcohol or a damp cloth.
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Price: $15.00
Available from: Scout Regalia

What is it?

Come on, now, use your brain and play along. What is this strange item above? It has a handle, and lots of little prong-ish things on the underside. Any guesses?
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Price: $29.99
Available from: Amazon

Click & Grow Light

Remember the Click & Grow Smartpot? It now has an accompanying Grow Light to further increase your chances of making your plants healthy and your thumb greener. It requires only 3 watts of energy and has a built-in timer pre-programmed to 16 hours of light and 8 hours of darkness. Do I need to point out that this light is more for winter months than summer? Bookmark it for when November hits.
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Price: $49.00
Available from: Click & Grow

Green Light

Is this the best grow light you’ve ever seen? Of course it is, and I won’t have you saying otherwise. The light is adjustable so you can move it closer to plants, and extra water is collected in the tray which also protects the surface underneath. Oh, and it doesn’t look like you’re growing suspicious substances too industrial/awful either, in fact, it looks downright friendly. Now, let’s just put our heads together and collectively wish it to compatible with US outlets (or perhaps email the manufacturer directly with a request), for then we could all be healthier for ever after with our bright, green, happy plants.

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Price: €159.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

rootcup Planter

If you had hope of propagating cuttings like a pro after learning of the rootcup, you’ll be a bonâ fide believer that a greenhouse in the backyard is a good idea, never mind the $5 grand for the kit. For rootcup has a PLANTER now, made from the same BPA free, phthalate free, food safe, durable polymer, and it has a no mess drain and reservoir that lets your plant take as much water as it needs via sub-irrigation (from the roots).
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Price: $15.00
Available from: rootcup

Loll’s Containers

So, with the nice weather here it might be time to add a few plants around your home. And, sure, your local plant nursery probably has plenty of decent pots and planters, but wouldn’t it be nice to have something a little better than decent? Perhaps something that hits the modern/minimal spot?

Take a look at Loll’s containers and tell me if they’re not better than these guys. Each planter is made from the recycled and recyclable poly material just like Loll’s furniture, and will withstand the test of time in whatever kind of weather. You’ll get slow drainage thanks to the joinery, or you can easily drill holes in the bottom if need be. A little assembly is required, as each piece is flat-packed for shipping.
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Price: $119.00 and up
Available from: Loll Designs

Windowfarms

Short on space but still want to grow your own greens? Not a problem. A Windowfarm utilizes vertical window space for year-round growing. A hydroponic system allows maximum yield; nutrient-spiked water is pumped from a reservoir down through each bottle to bathe the roots of the plants, giving them adequate food and water on a set schedule. You can order a system directly from Windowfarms, or if you’d prefer, simply build your own by gathering parts and recycled materials yourself (note: this will take a fair bit of effort/time).
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Price: $199.00
Available from: Windowfarms

Patch Herb Planter

Ah-ha! Here’s a crutch for those of us that have trouble with watering herbs- either too much or too little. The Patch Herb Planter has a water reservoir built in, so that the plant can take exactly the amount of water it needs. There’s a central wicking ‘leg’ that draws water up into the soil around the plant’s roots, so you’ll not need to fuss about any watering schedule- just keep the reservoir topped up.

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Price: $39.95
Available from: Patch, Inc.

Minifarmbox Rolling Patio Box

Oh, it’s just a box, you say, so why does it cost $200+? Well, it has heavy-duty swivel casters, so you can move it around for maximum sun, it’s made from 100% untreated FSC certified cedar, so it’ll last for years and years, and the slatted base has a soil screen to keep things tidy. And, it only takes less than ten minutes to assemble, meaning you’ll have a garden box for your patio (or kitchen?) in no time.
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Price: $209.00
Available from: MinifarmBox

Burgon & Ball Garden Shears

Don’t make me talk about having right garden tools again. These sharp shears are modeled after a pair of classic British sheep shears and have a double-bow handle for maximum comfort. Perfect for clipping soft foliage and dead-heading, you’ll be able to shape or harvest your garden with precision.
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Price: $52.95
Available from: Kaufmann Mercantile

Foodie Garden Kits

Too lazy to go to a garden center? Lucky you, there are some great growing kits that’ll have you babying your own herbs and vegetables in no time. Coco fiber wafers, seeds and instructions are all included in this rectangular tin planter- so, add water as needed and soon you’ll have your own peppers/basil/tomatoes that can then be transplanted into bigger patio containers or the garden.
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Price: $21.00
Available from: Poketo

rootcup

I’ve attempted to grow new plants from cuttings and I’ve been successful about 30% of the time, mostly because I forget to keep the cuttings watered appropriately and also because I keep sticking them in nice little glass jars that let in too much light. Here’s betting that this rootcup will increase my odds significantly. The elastomer pot and lid protects a cutting’s roots from light, holds the leaves above the water to prevent rotting, and captures water to reduce attention needed. Those three things will have us propagating all sorts of cuttings like a pro.
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Price: $5.00 - 14.00
Available from: rootcup

Self Watering Planter by Joey Roth

Holiday travel is booked, you’re wrapping up at work, and all is set for you to head off to family/friends for the upcoming break. It’s only at the last minute where you have a minor freak-out wondering who is going to water your plants, and then rush around making a messy shoestring wick for the 2 to 3 plants that won’t survive without steady irrigation. Nothing against shoestring wicks, as they can be successful if done correctly, but this self watering planter by Joey Roth seems like a better (looking) solution. The planter’s earthenware central chamber allows water to slowly seep into the soil as the plant absorbs only what it needs. The planter is inspired by the Olla, an ancient irrigation tool used in arid climates.
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Price: $45.00
Available from: Joey Roth

Stainless Steel Bonsai Shears

Make Magazine’s recent mention of Bonsai Shears brought to mind one of my own recent experiences. For a while now I’ve attempted to keep alive a variety of plants, and I’ve been somewhat successful. However, out of all those experiences, perhaps the most disappointing was losing a small bonsai tree to the Texas weather (and my ineptitude).

A recent find of the Jabily succulent (Operculicarya decaryi), which can be grown as a bonsai and is easy to care for (lots of sun, lots of water), has offered redemption. Before the Jabily, I had two okay-ish pruners: one of which I never used because it was cheap and didn’t work well, and the other I reluctantly used, but it wasn’t exactly ergonomic. After the Jabily, I obtained two pairs of Japanese stainless steel butterfly scissors* of different size and function; I’m serious this time.

Having the right tool for the right job makes a difference, as you may know, and the proper pruning scissors I purchased work better and will last longer than my previous pairs. Also, as it often happens, because I invested a little more money I find myself taking extra care to wipe the blades and keep them in tip-top shape.
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Price: $37.11
Available from: Japanese-Cutlery.com

Living Wall Planter

Nice! Woolly Pocket is adding a new product to their selection: the Living Wall Planter. It’s modular (like the regular wall pockets), yet it has a hard vented shell that is equipped with a self-watering tank. The vented shell allows extra moisture to evaporate so that roots are healthy. So, just when you thought gardening couldn’t get any easier, it does. The planters are easy to hang and are safe for growing food indoors and out.

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Price: $26.99
Available from: Woolly Pocket