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Christmas Garden Wish List ’09

In my family, the holiday wish list is requested from each member sometime in September and then no one is allowed to buy themselves anything they put on the list until after Christmas. It’s hard to comply sometimes, especially when all they stuff I want usually goes on sale.   My list consists mainly of gardening supplies, so it has become a tradition to post the wish list on the Gardenerd Blog each year.  So without further adieu…

The 2009 Christmas Garden Wish List





We’ve been using a Rubbermaid bin with air holes for a couple years now, and while it works fine, I’m ready to move up to the Worm Factory.  This upward-migrating worm bin helps keep the worms clear of your finished castings.  It makes harvesting worm tea and castings so much easier.  I’m crossing my fingers on this one.

There are several books that I have wanted for a while, the first of which I saw in the arms of a happy customer in Telluride, Colorado during the Food Symposium at Mountainfilm 2009.  We were riding a gondola down the mountain together and she allowed me to leaf through the pages.  It contains all good things and I must have them.

The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre!

While I was co-teaching at the Esalen Institute in early 2009, I fell in love with the watering can Shirley Ward was using in the garden.  Haws makes the gold standard of watering cans:





At the Grow-Biointensive workshop in Willits, CA this past November, I learned a little bit about solar food drying and was turned on to this book that includes plans for building your own hyper-efficient solar dryer:






Of course there are other things on my list, like a fresh supply of bean and pea inoculant, as well as garbanzo bean inoculant for the new variety of garbanzo beans I’ll be testing out this spring.   Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of other non-garden items I’d like to have, like music or gift certificates to movies and such, but garden paraphernalia will always be at top of the list for me.  So on Christmas eve, instead of visions of sugarplums, I’ll have dreams of watering cans dancing in my head.

What’s on your wish list for the garden this year?  Share it with us here.

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