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Gardening is often associated with working with nature and creating beautiful naturalistic environments. However not all gardening is sympathetic to the environment and working with nature.
In fact there are many typical gardening products and practices which are very detrimental to the planet. For instance the excessive use of plastics and synthetic fertilisers derived from fossil fuels.
All of these products not only rely on fossil fuels but can actually pollute the environment for many years after initial use.
The excavation of peat is extremely energy hungry and devastating to natural habits. However many peat based composts are still used excessively in gardens across the country.
Organic gardener’s whole ethos is to work within the sustainable spectrum of their gardens local ecosystem.
This means recycling garden commodities while being sympathetic to the surrounding environment. Organic gardening therefore reframes from using pesticides, pesticides and other chemicals.
These eco conscious gardeners have an interest in creating natural balance within their garden. With a focus on conserving and enhancing local biodiversity they aim to create gardens full of abundance.
One of the most important elements of this is to promote rich, soil ecology. This builds soil fertility naturally and abolishes the need for bought in fertilisers.
When looking for the best gifts for organic gardeners it is good to recognise these fundamental concepts. This way you can treat your eco conscious friends in a way which will bring them endless joy.
However to get you started we have put together a list of the best 18 gifts for organic gardeners below.
1. Compost heap Tumbler
One of the most fundamental parts of organic gardening is to build healthy soil. This is not done by buying in copious amounts of compost or fertilisers.
Instead it makes more ecological sense to recycle organic waste by composting. This allows gardeners to make use of kitchen scraps, leaf fall and dead garden plants.
There are many composters on the market that help to do just that but the best are examples that require less work.
This compost tumbler will allow your friend to make compost fast without the need for laborious turning.
2. Paper pot maker
The biggest cause of plastic use for gardeners today is disposable pots. Organic gardeners are very conscious of the amount of plastic they use or if any at all.
Therefore when considering a gift something which mitigates plastic use is always a success. This paper pot maker can allow you to create hundreds of biodegradable plant pots at the flick of a risk.
It can help you to recycle a whole array of used paper products which helps reduce plastic and save the cutting of trees.
3. Organic gardening book
Like all gardening pursuits organic gardening requires a lot of time researching and learning new things.
The thing about gardening is you can never really learn absolutely everything as there is so much trial and error and variables within the discipline.
When the weather is bad and there is no practical gardening to be done what does an organic gardener do? Well spend time inside reading an informative gardening book of course!
This book on the subject of organic gardening will expand their knowledge and keep them entertained when the weather is bad!
4. Green wall pouches
Organic gardeners are always looking for new opportunities to expand their growing areas. This is especially so if they are urban gardeners where space is already limited.
Green wall pouches provide gardeners the opportunity to utilise vertical space such as a fence or wall. These green wall pouches simply fix to any outdoor vertical surface and are perfect for growing aromatic herbs.
Creating a green wall in this way can also assist in cooling down hot areas in summer and help to filter the air of pollutants.
These versatile features can make the perfect gift for organic gardeners who love to try new things!
If there is one thing all gardeners detest it is weeds! Organic gardeners realise however that weeds are just wild plants which are unwanted or out of place.
This leads them to have a more understanding approach to Mother Nature. However the fact that most organic gardeners enjoy growing vegetables means they must keep weeds at bay in the vegetable plot.
Using chemicals and herbicides are completely out of the question so a more environmentally friendly option is welcomed. Garden hoes are the perfect way to weed without damaging the environment.
They cut off weeds under the surface making them shrivel and die and make a very effective gardening gift.
Organic gardeners have a passion for propagating young plants themselves for future specimens. Not only does this cut down on expense buying new plants it is also good for the environment.
Most plants we buy in the shops actually have a large carbon footprint. Therefore organic gardeners seek to take a lot of cuttings and germinate a lot of seeds themselves.
This makes buying them a propagator a very worthwhile gift! As sustainability is always at the heart of organic gardening only buy them things they will get a lot of use out of!
They will be thanking you for taking time to understand their passionate hobby!
7. Greenhouse cupboard
Most organic gardeners care about the environment and realise that growing your own food is good for you and the planet.
Consequently the perfect gifts for organic gardeners are ones that help them to vegetable garden. One of the best examples of this is a greenhouse cupboard.
These are not huge structures like conventional greenhouses but still large enough to grow on lots of young seedlings. Greenhouse cupboards are perfect for a sunny wall outside and can maximise vertical, garden space.
These are perfect for gardeners who love to get vegetables started off early! They can extend the growing season and make the perfect gardening gift for environmentalists.
8. Robot lawn mower
Organic gardeners may want to make use of nature as much as possible but this doesn’t mean they are shy of technology! Generally organic gardeners like to limit manmade products where possible.
However it is always a trade off and trying to choose the less of two evils. Robot lawn mowers may run on electricity but are very energy efficient and can improve lawn quality.
Some of the most polluting machines on the planet are gas powered lawn mowers. These can emit large quantities of toxic greenhouse gasses. Robot lawn mowers however cut at high frequencies meaning they require less power for every cut.
They also have safety sensors so will automatically stop if they encounter passing wildlife.
9. Bug hotel
It is quite typical for gardeners to spend the whole growing season literally at war with the natural world. Gardeners spend much energy preventing insects and invertebrates from eating their plants and crops.
Unfortunately it is common for gardeners to use chemicals to kill off pests. The problem is this also kills beneficial insects which feed on the pests. This actually exacerbates the problem leading to more pests in the future.
Organic gardeners however understand ecological balance and welcome these beneficial predator species.
This bug hotel provides lots of nooks and crannies and tubes for these solitary insects to overwinter and lay their eggs safely. It looks great too!
10. Bee bombs
If there is one trend that worries the organic gardening community today it is the dramatic reduction in the amount of bees. Over the past few decades’ bee numbers have plummeted leading to reduced pollination in specific food crops.
With more tidy and tamed landscapes bees have found fewer opportunities to nest and thrive. However it is also the case that there are less beneficial wild plants growing which are essential for bees survival.
Bees depend upon a steady flow of pollen throughout the season and particularly when emerging from hibernation.
These bee bombs allow you to bomb your garden or local area with wild plant seeds which are beneficial to bees. They make really fun gifts for organic gardeners at any time of year.
11. Bird box camera
Although it is vital for organic gardeners to help mitigate a reduction in bees they also need to protect all declining species. None of which could be more obviously in decline than our beloved song birds.
Most people have noticed the dramatic decline in garden birds in recent decades and are sorely missed. One of the reasons for the steady decline is the lack of suitable nesting sites.
The best way for gardeners to tackle this is by installing a bird box. However to make the average bird box an exciting gift why not include this live, bird box camera set.
This will not only enable your friend to home a young bird family they will be able to watch them grow from the comfort of their own armchair.
12. Trail camera
Although most organic gardeners love nature and wildlife most don’t know what lurks around after dark.
At night when the gardener has packed up their tools the garden springs to life! A really exciting gift for an organic gardener is one which allows them to take a peek at this hidden world.
Consequently this digital trail camera is the perfect present that will excite your gardening friends.
This cool garden gadget allows you to take multiple photos or video clips day or night. It can simply be strapped to a tree and will work remotely when triggered for up to 6 months!
13. Herbal tea pot
Organic gardeners are always trying to utilise the abundance of nature and what they grow.
It is surprising to many just how delicious herbal teas which can be grown just outside your back door.
From lemon balm, to mint and valerian root there are teas which are great just before bed or great for digestion.
Generally organic gardeners love the idea of growing their own herbal tea. This makes this herbal tea pot with built in gauze a fantastic gift which they will use again and again.
14. Robot scare crow
Even though organic gardeners like to embrace all local ecology they also experience pest problems too. However in their case they never wish to implement any pest control measures that can cause harm.
Like many other people there are times when you just want to keep wildlife away. It may be that heron that tries to take your fish or keeping rabbits away from your veg plot.
Fear not! We have the perfect garden gadget which makes a great gift for any organic gardener.
This robotic scarecrow has motion detecting sensors which swivels towards any approaching threat and squirts a fine jet of water at the intruder.
15. Herb growing set
As organic gardeners prefer to utilise things found in nature than manmade they are always trying to produce for themselves.
They like to grow things that have multiple benefits and that they can also consume. This makes herbs a worthwhile candidate when investigating your organic gardening friends wants.
There are many different types of herbs with many multiple uses. This makes this herb growing set the perfect gift for a birthday or Christmas. It provides a basic start off set for the most typical and popular herbs.
16. Hedgehog home
Hedgehogs are delightful little creatures native to Europe and the UK. These small mammals are famous for their spiky bodies and ability to curl up into a perfect ball when threatened.
However hedgehogs are even more celebrated for their ability to consume thousands of garden pests. Hedgehog numbers have slowly declined in recent times due to loss of habitat and persecution.
As they are essential for ecological balance in the garden organic gardeners do their best to encourage them. Consequently this hedgehog home makes the perfect gift for organic gardeners every time!
17. Bird bath
Buying great gifts for organic gardeners becomes a little easier when you contemplate how much they love wildlife.
Abundant wildlife means that a garden has a healthy environment meaning an organic gardener is doing their job.
As organic gardeners believe in maintaining ecological balance they aim to provide as many resources for wildlife as possible. Garden birds have seen a dramatic reduction in numbers in recent times.
One of the simplest ways to do this is to provide fresh water for them to both drink and bathe safely. This beautiful bird bath allows birds to drink safely away from ground dwelling predators.
18. Gardeners skin care gift
Organic gardeners do not like be separated from nature for long or spend too much time indoors. Therefore they do spend much time outside enjoying their favourite hobby.
Although gardening has been shown to be good for physical and mental health it can take its toll on the skin. Consequently a good gardening gift idea for the organic gardener is one which takes care of their skin.
This excellent gardener’s skin care gift is a perfect Christmas or a birthday present. It comes with a nail brush, mug and hand pampering creams.
What better way to treat the beloved gardeners in your life?
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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.