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There is absolutely no feeling like lifting your own fresh vegetables straight from the ground or vegetable garden. It perhaps no surprise therefore that many urban developments have included allotments within their planning for decades.
Not only do allotments help local people provide fresh organic food they also act as a community hub and great for wildlife. Allotment gifts can reward our eco friendly friends and encourage them to enhance and improve their food production.
This can be a great bonus for us when they have a glut of fruit and veg in the summer months. Just saying! Growing vegetables has been shown to improve our health in two main ways; Good amounts of exercise gardening and eating organic produce free of herbicides and pesticides. It is not surprise therefore that the population is actively encouraged to grow more food.
What better way to do this than treating your allotment keeping friends to some cool allotment gifts. There are simply loads to choose from. From polytunnels to garden tiller to harvesting trugs to gardening hand tools. We have put together a full comprehensive allotment gifts checklist here.
Vegetable harvesting trug
Growing on an allotment can give you the space to grow a remarkable amount of fresh produce. In growing season during regular intervals allotment keepers will find themselves with occasional gluts of produce. Collecting and harvesting can become an industrial operation especially in August when fruit is ripening.
Sometimes the biggest challenge for allotment gardeners is finding what to do with all the excess produce they have. One fantastic allotment gift to help them get around this problem is a vegetable harvesting trug. Its bowel shaped base and wide sides allow vegetable growers to haul large collections of produce away with them easily.
Sowing and harvesting calendar
Allotment gardening is all about organization, timing and a good knowledge of seasonal variation. Sometimes with all the different vegetable varieties it can get a little confusing for the grower to keep on top of what they are growing and where. In order to plan this properly it is great to have a visual reference close by at all times.
This Vegetable sowing and harvesting calendar is one of those allotment gifts that will never go unused. This visual planning tool will mean your allotment going friend will never miss out on sowing or harvesting and crops at any time of the year.
Personalized allotment sign
If you have ever been to an allotment you would have been charmed by the way allotment growers ad their little bit of personality to their own plot. Some love to grow a few certain types plants which compliment their favourite cuisine. Others love to personalize their patch with national flags or quirky potting sheds and windmills.
Whatever your allotment friends love to grow you can guarantee it will be an extension of their personality. The best allotment gifts play to this theme including this personalized allotment sign. Let your friends proudly mark their vegetable growing plot with this great allotment sign.
Scott & Co vegetable seed sack
Allotment growers are never afraid to experiment with different vegetable varieties and if there is one thing they always use alot of its seeds. Seed growing is such an important part of allotment growing and also one of the most enjoyable.
There are literally hundreds of varieties of different herbs, vegetables and fruits all to be experimented with. This makes seeds such valuable allotment gifts for your vegetable growing friends. This vegetable seed sack contains dozens of vegetable seeds with a handy sack which can be used again and again.
Allotment month by month
One of the great things about growing vegetables on an allotment is general variability in your results. No matter how skilled and experienced you become there is always something new to learn and a challenge to overcome.
Hence allotment gardeners spend lazy days when the weather is bad researching information which can excel there growing adventures. This is a great idea for allotment gifts as the weather is not always fine and there is simply so much to learn. Allotment month by month breaks down everything you need to know about allotment growing and will make enjoyable reading for any allotment owner.
Unfortunately hedgehogs have become far less common than they were in the past. Urbanization and intensive farming has meant there is less suitable habitat for these small mammals. Not only have landscape changes within the past 100 years affected their numbers but the last 30 years has seen an even greater decline.
It seems hedgehogs have been making good use of peoples gardens for food and shelter. Most gardens have plenty of slugs, snails and insects for food and plenty of places to shelter and raise young. In recent years however less home owners have time to spend gardening.
This has led to a rise in minimalist landscaping which has no benefit to hedgehogs at all. Allotments however provide much better conditions for hedgehogs. This hedgehog home will make the perfect allotment gift and encourage local hedgehogs to feast on your garden pests.
Gardener’s tool belt
With so many gardening jobs to do throughout the season it is no surprise allotment gardeners are always busy. Sometimes there are so many projects that they do not have enough hands or tools for everything at once.
This means it is easy for an allotment owner to start on one project and end up doing completely another without even thinking about it. A great way to choose allotment gift is to try and tackle this issue head on. This gardener’s tool belt is perfect for projects around the vegetable plot.
It allows gardeners to have every tool to hand right when they need it. This gift is a perfect way to show your allotment friends you care.
Funky veg kit
Allotment gardeners love to watch their newly sowed seedlings slowly develop into delicious vegetables. This process has endless exciting stages with experimentation along the way to see what works and what doesn’t work.
This enthusiasm for experimentation means vegetable gardeners enjoy the challenge of growing wacky and even crazy looking vegetable varieties. It is a fact that an allotment gardener has the ability to grow weird and wonderful things you simply cannot buy at the supermarket.
This funky vegetable kit is a collection of extraordinary looking vegetable seeds in a box. It makes a perfect gift for allotment owners and one they will cherish at any occasion.
Many people love the idea of having an allotment but few people ever last substantial amounts of time keeping one. Allotment growers are hardcore outdoor types which keep up working on their allotment even when the weather is poor.
This consistency even in the cold winter month is the reason allotment gardeners manage to produce so much impressive produce. There are however some small things which make all the difference when working the allotment. A hot cup of tea or coffee allows vegetable gardeners to stay warm and vibrant during cold and miserable days.
This makes all the difference to an allotments success having the plot prepared and ready for sowing in early spring. This allotment mug will be highly treasured by your gardening friends and make them think of you when the days are short and cold.
Digging is a job sometimes thought of as a laborious and undesirable task. Allotment gardeners however are used to this extremely physical activity and realize it comes with the territory.
It has been measured that digging and turning the soil can burn as much as 500 calories per hour. This means a 5 hour session at the allotment could leave you in a complete daily calorie deficit for the whole day! Indeed digging is also a fantastic exercise for both loosing fat and strengthening the core muscles.
Allotment gardeners are very often fit individuals with a fresh organic diet to match. One down side to digging is they do get through many digging spades over the year. This is a good reason to gift them with the perfect digging allotment gift. This digging spade is lean and ready to accompany your allotment friends at any time of year.
One of the realities faced by people new to allotment gardening is you are completely cut off from the grid. Apart from water tap usually a few plots away there is no electricity or creature comforts.
This is sometimes the secret to why so many people love spending time at the allotment. Nowadays it is such a joy to be surrounded by the pleasure of birds singing and not be interrupted by phones or emails. This off-grid time spend away from the home allows for a satisfying feeling of self reliance.
This combined with a warm cup of tea on a chilly afternoon can be a joy most people in modern society miss. This Kelly kettle makes a perfect allotment gift allowing you to make hot drinks by burning small sticks and debris to boil water. Commonly used by wild campers this Kelly kettle is invaluable on the allotment.
Solar wind up radios
Allotments can give vegetable growers that little piece of isolation in nature everyone needs! Scientific research is now showing that being outside in natural environments is very good for our mental health.
Every now and then however allotment gardeners need a little piece of entertainment while they work. This is much welcomed even if it is a local weather report occasionally. This solar wind up radio is perfect for allotment as it requires no mains power to work at all.
Not only would it be great for the allotment but it could also be great for a crisis. The solar wind up radio is a perfect allotment gift for birthdays or Christmas.
Tweed flat cap
Now there is nothing stereotypical about allotment gardeners honest! It has to be said there will be days when its either terribly cold or the sun is beating down in summer time.
Both scenarios are probably more than likely on the allotment and in both cases it’s probably a good idea to have something on your head. Allow your gardening friends to blend in with fellow gardeners with this rather stylish flat cap. What an appropriate allotment gift for any time of year?
Allotment storage shed
Having an allotment is not exactly like gardening at home. At home you have everything at arm’s reach of you from the house, garage or shed. This is not so easy at an allotment with many growers choosing to carry their tools to site every time they visit the plot.
This can be rather awkward and laborious at the best of times. Hence an absolutely fantastic allotment gift for your friends is an allotment storage shed! These are perfect for locking up tools and even starting off young seedlings. They can be easily assembled on site on a simple, level base.
Solitary bee hotel
A very popular trend for allotment gardeners in recent times is to encourage wildlife to the plot. This is to benefit beneficial wildlife which will keep pests at bay. Attracting wildlife can be done by starting a small natural part of the plot where grass is left to grow long or even installing a wildlife pond.
Most allotment gardeners today have a greater understanding of the benefits of ecological pest control. A great way to encourage more wildlife to your friend’s allotment is to give them this solitary bee hotel as a gift. It will attract solitary bees and wasps which will keep pests under control and help to pollinate flowering fruits.
Petrol garden tiller
One of the biggest challenges of any allotment gardener is keeping their soil light, fluffy and free of weeds. Turning and digging over the soil by hand can be tough and hard on the back, it is also time consuming.
This is especially the case if a gardener has taken a new allotment for the first time. Chances are the plot will be full of grass and weeds with compacted ground. Getting an allotments soil oxygenated and ameliorated is crucial to grow healthy crops and make weeding easier.
There is not quicker and thorough way to do this than with a professional garden tiller. This machine would make a perfect allotment gift enabling your friends to save so much time digging. This means they can spend more time doing the jobs they love!
Gardening hand tool set
Allotment gardeners are continuously developing and maintaining their plot. This constant attention means a wide variety of gardening tools. Sometimes large powerful machines cannot blast through larger projects.
There are always times when vegetable gardeners need to work closely and personal with the ground. This usually requires a good selection of hand tools. This gardening hand tool set is perfect for allotment gardeners to carry out planting, sowing, weeding and many other gardening chores.
It is the perfect allotment gift for your vegetable gardening friends.
Id rather be down the allotment t shirt
One of the thing that is quite obvious when meeting allotment gardeners is they are very proud of their hobby. These lovers of the good life enjoy the escapism the allotment brings and want to show the world that they are doing their bit for the planet.
Not only that it has to be said after a few hours of working the land they can get rather messy! Why not combine a solution to these two aspects and buy them this great t-shirt.
The 'id rather be down the allotment' T-shirt will allow them show off while also saving their good t-shirts from the wear and tear of gardening. It’s a truly great allotment gift if they prefer to wear it for either task.
Gardeners hand cream set
Working the land is great way to develop physical strength, endurance and mental well being. It is unfortunately not so great for the skin. Hot summers can leave the skin sunburned and cold windy days can leave the skin sore and cracked.
What better way to show your allotment friends you care than gifting them with a skin care gift! This gardeners hand cream gift will allow your friends to protect and moisturize tired and expose skin. Whatever the time of year or what the weather brings this hand cream set will make a very useful allotment gift.
Sometimes fruit and vegetable gardeners just give themselves too much to do. From a lazy, dormant winter all of a sudden things burst into life and a gardener can become overwhelmed.
This is when it pays to be organized and when of the best ways to do this is monitor everything intensely. This is particularly relevant when sowing seedlings! It is so easy to lose track of what you have planted and at what time.
This can lead to complete confusion and frustration at the most important part of the season. These extremely functional gardening labels make a great gardening gift and very useful to allotment gardeners.
Paper pot maker
In recent times our awareness of how waste plastics are effecting or global ecosystems has become mainstream news. It is not just the fact that plastic looks unsightly or it can trap wildlife!
Plastic breaks down into tiny pieces and can enter our bodies at a microscopic level. The long term implications for this are still unknown. Finding alternatives to plastic wherever possible should now be a priority for everybody.
This is especially true for vegetable gardeners with pots and potting trays made up primarily of plastic. This paper pot maker could make an extremely eco friendly allotment gift. It allows your gardener mates to create pots easily by recycling waste paper which biodegrades organically.
Leather gardening gloves
Allotment gardening can be tough on the hands and it is not uncommon for gardeners to wear gloves to protect the hands. The problem is cheaper gardening gloves rarely last very long before tearing or wearing down. For this reason a great way to treat your gardening friends is to gift them with a good quality pair of gloves.
These leather gardening gloves are robust and ready for serious vegetable gardening. They not only protect the hands but forearms also perfect for all kinds of gardening tasks. They are also snug and warm so perfect for cold and wet days on the allotment.
One great way to encourage some ecological pest control on the allotment is to try to encourage as much wildlife as possible. Encouraging ecological balance means having larger predators such as amphibians and birds which happily feed on pests.
Because allotment growers want to eat organic, fresh produce without chemical pesticides creating a place for wildlife is a wise investment. One of the best ways you can encourage wildlife to any area is to install a wildlife pond. This can even be just a very small pool of water to have a large impact on wildlife.
This wildlife pond is a perfect allotment gift all you need is a spade, a hose and just wait for the wildlife to arrive!
Gardeners wheel barrow
Allotments regularly require much digging and moving material from one position to another. Not wanting to lift too much at once a good sturdy wheel barrow will enable your allotment friends to carry out multiple tasks.
Activities such as harvesting and spreading composted material are very effective with a wheel barrow on site. This wheelbarrow will make a fantastic allotment gift honesty your friend will wonder how they ever coped without it.
One of the most fulfilling parts of having an allotment is starting off seeds and caring for them until they are harvested as delicious vegetables. This process is a nurturing one but one that would not be possible without the extra care needed during and just after germination.
This vital period of a young plants life is the most crucial. Hence allotment gardeners benefit by providing a stable environment during this time. The most effective way to do this is with an electric propagator.
This allows you to start off seedlings when it is too cold early on in the season to sow direct. These propagators come in a variety of shapes and sizes and make fantastic allotment gifts.
Allotment gardeners generally don’t like to use synthetic fertilizers on their crops. They prefer to keep things natural and organic. Composting is a natural way of recycling nutrients in and around the allotment helping to feed plants and enhance fertility.
There are many different ways to compost but a fantastic, quick and easy way is to use a compost tumbler. This rotating barrel allows organic material to be oxygenated without the need for heavy turning.
Compost tumblers can make suitable compost in as little as six weeks as long as the correct waste types are added with sufficient moisture. A compost tumbler could make the perfect present for your allotment friends.
Gardener’s bits and bobs tin
Keeping an allotment can be both challenging and rewarding. Most vegetable gardeners accept that will always be so many bits and bobs which need to be at hand to carry out those small but significant allotment tasks.
They may need some twine to tie back the tomatoes or grab some gardening labels to name a new succession sowing. These allotment bits and bobs can become rather disorganized very quickly and a good way to contain them is a gardeners bits and bobs tin.
This awesome little allotment gift comes with some pre arranged bits and bobs to get started. After some time this tin will be the go to place for all their gardening essentials.
When many people start out on an allotment they are usually rather overwhelmed by just how much ground they have to develop. Finding a use and roll for every piece of ground can be a challenging provoking much thought. It has to be said that one of the best ways of accelerating an allotments production is to install a polytunnel to the site.
Polytunnels allow vegetable gardeners to extend their growing season considerably making them an ideal allotment gift. They come in all shapes and sizes but popular allotment examples are around 6 meters by 2 meters and cost about the amount of a good quality lawn mower.
Allotment planting auger
Having such a large plot for growing means an allotment gardener is always looking for every opportunity to become more efficient and cover more ground. Keeping up with all the weeding, pruning and watering on such a plot can be time consuming and also physically challenging.
Planting alone can take up an extraordinary amount of time and energy especially in spring and early summer. A perfect allotment gift which can mitigate this is a petro auger. This allows the allotment gardener to bore out sections of ground perfect for planting small shrubs and young plants.
There are now even hand drill planting attachments perfect for smaller plants and bulbs. These allow the gardener to save time and become more efficient on the vegetable plot.
As many allotment gardeners know there are always pests that will come and gladly nibble away their tasty crops. Keeping pests at bay can be even more challenging on the allotment than in the garden at home.
Allotments are more likely to be visited by birds and small mammals looking for an easy meal. This is where a deterrent is needed and what better way to gift your allotment friends than with this cool and cheeky traditional scare crow.
There has always been some controversy over if these scare crows do actually scare off pests. Either way there is no doubt that every little helps and even if the pests still come it certainly will add character to your friend’s allotment plot.
As many allotment gardeners know spending time working at the allotment is not just a summer past time. In fact much intense digging, weeding, clearing and site development happen in the winter time.
This can be messy and challenging work and really sets apart the fair weather gardeners from the hard core horticulturists. For this reason when searching for the perfect allotment gifts it is important to try to make these times more enjoyable.
What better way to gift your allotment friends than with this thermos flask. It will keep them topped up with hot drinks on even the coldest days so they keep warm inside and out while working.
It’s amazing how time flies when working outside on the allotment. When there is a goal in mind and the adrenaline is pumping sometimes gardeners forget to even take a break.
Working hard usually means keeping warm but staying on your feet all day can become tiring after a while. Sometimes you simply need some relaxing moments. Allotment gardeners love to sit back and watch over their progress every now and then and this is the perfect gift for such an occasion.
It is always very suppressing just how much rubbish and debris a vegetable grower can accumulate after a long season on the allotment. Sometimes there is simply nothing better than a good burn up.
Most of the time allotment owners will try to compost as much dead and woody material as possible to recycle nutrients. However there are many occasions where certain material is better off incinerating including perennial weed roots and self seeding weeds.
By burning these it is far less likely they will return next season. This makes this incinerator a very effective allotment gift.
Allotment gardeners continuously have to work the soil. If it is not breaking up clods and fertilising in winter it is planting and weeding during the season.
Traditionally gardeners have used a combination of spades, folks and hand trowels. The problem with trowels is they can be hard on the rists especially if they are working with heavy soils. Spades and folks do not allow you to work closely to the soil making them less suitable for intricate tasks.
This digging hoe on the other hand is perfect for all sorts of gardening tasks. Using a swinging momentum it allows you to plant, hoe and weed the soil at close range with minimal effort.
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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.