At the end of each year, the Gardening Products Review takes a close look at all of the products we’ve reviewed that year. We then award up to five products with the Golden Shovel Award for outstanding garden product.
In 2015, we had a lot a fabulous products to choose from, including some new introductions, as well as some that have been around the block a few times. Our reviewers weighed in with their favorites and we also heard from many of our readers. We revisited some of the products that we reviewed earlier in the year, checked how well products were holding up after extended use, and looked at which items got the most use from our testers and home gardeners.
After weighing the pros and cons of all of the gardening products, we’re proud to announce the 2015 winners of the Golden Shovel Awards!
2015 Golden Shovel Award Winners – Editor’s Choice
The PotLifter is definitely one of those “I didn’t know I needed this but now that I have it I can’t imagine how I managed without it” products. It’s incredibly well-engineered, made with quality materials, and makes a difficult job easy. If you find yourself trying to move containers or other heavy gardening items, the PotLifter is a must-have.
Earth Talon Shovel
The Earth Talon Shovel has excellent penetration in hard, rocky soil (meaning that it takes less energy to dig), is well-built, comfortable to use, and does what it’s meant to do incredibly well. It has quickly become our shovel of choice for nearly every digging task.
Navigator Rotating Hose Reel
The Navigator Rotating Hose Reel is stylish, sturdy, and easy to use. The hose winds up and unrolls smoothly no matter which direction the reel is facing. The leader hose has high quality connectors and the storage shelf is a nice bonus.
GreenStalk Stackable Planter
The GreenStalk planter is a nice solution to a common problem – effectively and efficiently growing plants in a small space. It’s well-designed, easy to use, allows you to grow a huge number of plants in a very small area, and keeps those plants evenly watered. Just stack the planters (3 or 5 levels, depending on the model), plant in the extra deep pockets, and then water from the reservoir on top. The unique watering system really does water each level evenly. I grew 30 different pepper plants in mine and had a bumper crop!
2015 Golden Shovel Award Winner – Reader’s Choice
We also give a Readers’ Choice Award based on votes from our readers. Here’s the 2015 winner …
Urban Elevated Planter from CedarCraft
The Urban Planter is well-made, good-looking and practical. It’s made from untreated, reclaimed Western Red Cedar, requires no tools to assemble, is easy to put together and the parts fit beautifully. There’s a storage shelf underneath and a plastic liner to help retain moisture. The planter is shallow but you can grow a lot of plants in a small space.
Congratulations to all of the 2015 winners!
See Past Golden Shovel Award Winners