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Gardening is a past time which requires a reasonable amount of physical effort and space. However not all gardeners need large, sprawling, private gardens and loads of spare time!
Container gardeners have quite an advantage as they can contain their gardening within more manageable spaces. Container gardening requires a whole new range of varying skills and methodologies.
It is typical for such gardeners to reside in urban environments with not always too much space. Gardeners with extensive, hard surfaces commonly utilise containers as a favourable way to grow!
However container gardening is not only a past time of gardeners with spatial constraints.
Growing in containers allows the gardener to provide better drainage. This is very much beneficial for dry loving plants such as palms and succulents.
Container gardening also allows gardeners to move around their pots as they please. This can be useful for seasonal displays and plant arrangements.
As container gardening is a speciality within itself it requires defined gift ideas for those special occasions. Gifts for container gardeners should reflect the needs and requirements of growing in pots and not in regular flower borders.
Consequently we have put together a comprehensive selection of the best gifts for container gardeners here.
1. Oxford cloth gardening apron
Container gardeners regularly have to work at varying heights and levels. This is because containers can range from large raised beds, to pots and even hanging baskets.
This can present the one with a number of challenges including keeping tools ready to hand. This Oxford cloth gardening apron is perfect for container gardeners to keep all their tools accessible where they need them!
The apron will also help to keep their clothes clean reducing the need for changing!
2. Gardeners hand care set with mug
Gardeners are used to enduring outdoor conditions and can easily work through seasonal conditions.
However there is one part of the gardener’s anatomy which can suffer from overuse. Gardening hands can become calloused, bruised, cut and cracked particularly during the winter months.
When searching for suitable gardening gifts ones which can be loving to the hands is always welcome.
This makes this hand care gift set the perfect gift for container gardeners at any time of the calender.
3. Potato growing sacks
The one thing that distinguishes container gardeners from conventional gardening is the exclusive use of pots.
However this does not mean that container gardeners do not like growing vegetables. Although vegetable growing is traditionally done in the ground potato sacks are a great way to grow fresh potatoes!
These can be particularly great presents if your gardening friend has limited space or lots of hard standing outside.
These potato growing sacks can make the perfect novelty whilst still providing an affordable gift.
4. Decorative wooden planter
Container gardeners love the flexibility of growing plants within movable vessels.
This gives them the freedom to change plant displays while keeping plants contained and manageable.
This typically means they are always chopping and changing their growing collections creating a foundation for amazing gift ideas.
One such idea is this decorative wooden planter! Not only is it perfect for growing all sorts of specimen plants but it also looks awesome!
5. Solar spike lights
Due to the quick and flexible nature of container gardening it is fantastic for showcasing your plants.
This means container gardeners are passionate about placing their pots in the perfect position!
However many container gardeners do not always carry through this idea into the night time hours. Up lighting is a tremendous way for pot plants to look amazing at night!
The light and shadows can create drama and movement! These solar spike lights allow the gardener to light up plant displays without the need for expensive electrical installations.
They could be just the present to light up their imagination to nocturnal lighting, design possibilities!
6. Green wall planter
It is typical that many container gardeners do not have large and expansive gardens.
Many have small, urban gardens or even confined balcony areas to grow their plants.
This means exploiting every space and opportunity for container growing must be paramount. However container gardening does not only have to be confined to pots.
Green wall planter pockets are a great way to exploit vertical surfaces such as walls and fences. These make perfectly versatile gifts and are also great for growing herbs.
7. Bonsai starter kit
One of the biggest challenges facing container gardeners is watering. In summer pots can easily become dry and during times of heavy rain can become saturated.
This means container growers need to practice ongoing monitoring and care. This makes container gardeners the perfect candidates for learning the ancient art of Bonsai.
Practiced for thousands of years in Japan this ancient art involves growing trees in shallow pots to achieve an established and senic form.
This bonsai tree starter set provides everything they require to get started and is an amazing gift idea for container gardeners.
8. Garden trowel set
If your gardener friend grows more plants in pots than in the ground then there will be a big difference in the tools they use.
Container gardeners use much smaller hand tools as they typically use smaller growing stock. Some of the most common tools these gardeners use are hand trowels.
These come in a wide variety of shapes and have many varying uses. Consequently this garden trowel set can make the perfect gift for that special gardener in your life!
9. Potting table
Container gardeners are typically used to working at awkward angles and positions. However some jobs do require a level of comfort and utility.
This is especially so with propagation and potting up. These activities typically require dividing young plants as well as taking cuttings and potting up.
One of the best ways to do this is with a professional potting table. This potting table is perfect for all propagation activities and is fully portable.
This makes it a worthy contender as one of the best gardening gift ideas for the container grower.
10. Digital soil tester
As container gardeners are always growing within smaller vessels soil conditions are of upmost importance.
Soil which becomes too dry or devoid of nutrients can result in unhealthy or even perished plants. This means container growers need to monitor soil conditions thoroughly.
This is now even easier with the help of the latest garden technology! This digital soil tester allows gardeners to test soil moisture, PH and temperature.
Being small and portable as well as affordable makes it a great gift idea for container gardeners every time.
11. Compost tumbler
As with many forms of gardening container gardening involves promoting healthy soil and plants.
One of the most sustainable ways of achieving this is by composting waste and organic matter. This can be done by creating a heap of vegetable scraps, dead plants and grass clippings.
However composting is not always an exact science and the correct quantities of water, oxygen and organic matter need to be present.
One of the most effective ways of ensuring this is with a compost tumbler. These allow you to turn compost with ease and can also make for a really fun gift!
12. Glowing pebbles
The best gifts for container gardeners are the ones that help to make their creations even more spectacular.
One of the best ways to do this is with these amazing and aluminous, glowing pebbles. These are perfect for top dressing the soil making a fabulous garden display.
These glowing pebbles are affordable and can light up any container garden, even in winter! Why not treat your pot growing friends with these novelty glowing pebbles they will love!
13. Pot trolley
One the only draw backs to growing in containers are they can become quite heavy. This is especially so in winter or times of heavy rain.
One of the main advantages of growing in pots is portability so anything which makes them more manoeuvrable is always welcome.
Hence these pot trolleys are perfect for placing under pot displays! They can help you rearrange pot positioning with ease as well as wheeling them undercover for the winter.
Their small size also makes them easy to store or even gift wrap for that special occasion.
14. vEG LEDGE
Container gardeners are always looking to maximise growing space around the garden.
However gardening does not just have to be confined to the outside! This ‘Veg ledge' also allows the container gardener to grow inside using any vertical space.
It can easily attach to a sunny window providing the perfect environment to grow plants. The veg ledge can be used to grow potted herbs or even house plants.
This small but effective gardening gift will provide excitement and utility without breaking the budget!
15. Grow lights
Grow lights offer the container gardener a unique opportunity to provide more UV light for their plants.
These cool garden gadgets can be set up temporarily over pots outside, in greenhouses or on the window ledge.
Grow lights can be a powerful tool to keep plants happy in the dark depths of the winter. This can make them also ideal for germinating seeds and starting off cuttings early on in the season.
Grow lights can be an effective gardening gift especially for the indoor container gardener.
16. Gardeners kneeling pad
Like all gardening container gardening requires physical effort and hard work.
This can become hard on the body and especially if there is a lot of squatting and kneeling involved. It is quite common for container gardeners to have to kneel on hard surfaces like patios and decks.
This means that any potential gift which can care for their knees is a very good thing.
This garden kneeler is easy to move around and very comfortable to use. This makes it the perfect candidate as a gift for any special occasion.
17. Paper pot maker
Most gardeners have a deep passion for the natural world and try to be as sustainable as possible.
This means limiting the use of plastics and dangerous chemicals which can harm the environment. A big problem facing container gardeners is many pots are made from plastic.
This is an inevitable problem as gardeners are always trying to balance both ecological credentials and cost. This paper pot maker will enable the container gardener to recycle discarded paper products into small pots.
These can be used to germinate seeds and pot on young plants making it the perfect gift for any container gardener.
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Paul Nicolaides is a Landscape architect and garden builder with over 30 years experience in designing, building and maintaining gardens. Contemplating just how important garden space is for nature and recreation he created 'Cool Garden Gadgets' to explore the best gadgets for enhancing outside spaces. From outdoor dining ideas to the latest garden technology we break it down for you here.