If your green thumb is itching, check out our product picks for indoor plants, dressing up the garden and prepping for the heavy growing season.
A few warm and sunny days is all it takes to get garden lovers itching to start digging in the dirt.
And while it’s a little too early to start your starts, there’s still plenty of ways to satisfy your green thumb.
Here are some product picks for indoor plants, dressing up the garden and prepping for the heavy growing season.
The versatility of indoor/outdoor décor is a huge trend, and the idea is applicable to gardens as well.
Start your garden indoors with the VisuaLingual Edible Garden Seed Bomb Kit ($22 at the Nordstrom Eats Pop-In), which includes 15 seed balls packed with salad greens, herbs and edible flowers.
Plant them in fun, colorful Bloem Saturn Planters ($3.49–$13 at Molbaks), which are good-looking enough to keep indoors, and brighten up the garden when it’s warm enough to take the pots outside.
If you’re not the best at consistent watering, pick up the CB2 SAIC Watering Carafe ($15 at cb2.com). It’s pretty enough to leave out next to your houseplants, reminding you to give them a drink every once in a while.
Start now to get organized. Clean your hand tools, gather your seed packets and pack them all into the Beckel Canvas Products Eena Garden Tote ($60 at canoeonline.net). Made in Portland, the handy canvas bag can be stored inside the porch door without detracting from your décor.
Wipe muddy boots on a festive Tag Coir Mat ($35 at Swanson’s, Ballard). The coconut-based material keeps garden dirt outdoors, and the fun prints add color and style to a back door.
Artisan-made products are all the rage in home décor, and it makes sense to incorporated handmade goods into your garden.
Get ready to plant with the Saltbox Designs Horizontal Cedar Planter with Casters ($200 at saltboxdesigns.com). Made in Seattle, the raised height makes planting easier, and the casters mean you can move them around to get the best light.
How often does this happen? You’re in the sun, desperate for a drink, but your boots and gloves are covered in mud. Solve the problem with a Whipping Post Salvagry 48 Quart Cooler Stand (starting at $195 at whippingpostsalvagry.com). Made in Puyallup, the upcycled pieces make a perfect planting station — complete with a large cooler inside to hold your drinks and snacks.
Add some hanging elements indoors or in a covered outdoor space with the MFEO Jungalow Hanging Planter ($75 at West Elm), handmade in L.A. from sustainable maple europly wood. The chic piece looks both retro and totally of the moment.
Start turning your spring flowers into original pieces of art with the Pistils Nursery Black Walnut Flower Press ($65 at pistilsnursery.com). Handmade in Portland from Oregon black walnut wood and solid brass hardware, the press also features an original design of the balsamroot wildflower engraved onto the top.
Wash up with Molly’s Soap True Grit Soap ($6.50 at mollyssoap.com), made near Winthrop. A bit of pumice is added to a base of olive, palm and coconut oils to provide a deep clean to dirty hands.
In both fashion and décor, there’s been a strong return to minimalism, favoring clean lines and quality construction over short-lived flash. The idea works well in the garden, particularly with tools and décor that let the plants stand out.
Add a Five Ply Design Molded Plywood Bird Home ($85–$95 at Five Ply Design Studio, International District, and five-ply-design.myshopify.com) to your yard for a shot of bright, mid-century-modern design.
For use indoors or out, The Swedish Gypsy Sedona Planter ($39 at etsy.com/shop/TheSwedishGypsy) is sleek and cool in cast concrete, and can be bundled for an ultra-chic picnic table centerpiece.
Use the rain to create works of art on your cement paths or sidewalks with Rainworks Invisible Spray ($29 at rain.works/shop). Invented in Seattle, the biodegradable spray is invisible until the rain changes the color of concrete, resulting in a surprise message or design. In a couple months the design fades away and you can try something new.
Oya Porous Clay Irrigation Vessels ($25–$40 at growoya.com) get buried in your garden beds to provide up to a week’s worth of water for your plants and veggies. But they’re so pretty, you may want to have a couple just sitting around.
A gorgeous set of hand tools might make weeding and fertilizing a little more pleasant. Made in Oregon, Red Pig Tools Hand Forged Garden Tools ($22–$40 at canoeonline.net) are forged from steel with solid hickory handles to create elegant tools that will last a lifetime.