Happy Tuesday — I hope everyone had a fantastic Labor Day weekend — and welcome to the latest installment of “Not of the garden variety," a weekly, product-centric series that's all about exceptional, agrarian-minded outdoor living accessories and odds and ends — items for in and around the garden that you won't find in the backyards of every Tom, Dick and Harry.

Before I wrap up the series next week with an assortment of miscellaneous items that didn't fit snugly into any of the categories that I've tackled (scroll to the bottom of the page for a complete list of "Not of the garden variety" posts), I thought I'd take a look back with a sampling of 15 of the best and the brightest products that I've featured over the past several weeks. Given that I've covered a ton of well-cultivated ground, you'll find a diverse selection of garden-ready goodies below ranging from must-have hand tools to low-mess composting solutions to games for when you need to take a breather from your normal digging duties. I'd like to think that there's something for every greenthumbed need. 

Has there been a "Not of the garden variety" product that you've personally found useful? And is there a gardening item that you'd like to see featured in my final post next week? Tell me about it in the comments section! 

Hippie Mobile @ Potted ($44)

Soapstone Slug Traps @ Gardener's Supply Company ($24.95)

Solar Shoji Lanterns @ Gaiam ($79/3)

Pigeon Toe Ceramic Herb Garden Stakes @ Pigeon Toe Ceramics ($8/each; $9, custom)

Valentina Outdoor Wooden Compost Bin @ Priscilla Woolworth ($310)

simplehuman Compost Pail @ Crate & Barrel ($59.99)

Horseshoe Set @ L.L. Bean ($69)

Saipua Gardener's Soap @ Lekker Home ($10)

Sweat Pea Beads Garden Gloves @ Hable Construction ($25)

70 Gallon Square Wooden Rain Barrel @ Clean Air Gardening ($229.99)

Nutscene Greentwist Garden Twine @ Gardener's Supply Company ($14.95)

Hori Hori Garden Knife @ Duluth Trading Company ($25)

Born in Sweden Watering Can by Pascal Charmolu @ A+R Store ($78)

Gatorhyde Hose @ Green Depot ($49.95)

Recycled Tubtrugs @ Tubtrugs USA ($10.99 - $31.99)

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Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Not of the garden variety: Best of
Take a look back at 15 of the best and brightest gardening/outdoor living products featured as part of my special summertime series, 'Not of the garden variety.