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Searching for amazing gifts for kitchen gardeners is not always as easy as it seems.
Kitchen gardeners generally are so passionate about their hobby they all ready own many essential items. However by understanding the fundamental interests of the kitchen gardener we can soon put together a clearer picture of the options available!
The biggest excitement for kitchen gardeners is the growing, harvesting, preparation and then consumption of crops.
Not only is this ethical it is also extremely good for health. From a sustainable point of view kitchen gardeners are always the top of the class.
Reducing food miles is one of the most effective ways we can reduce climate change. Home grown vegetables also taste far superior to supermarket ones with the added benefit of no chemical exposure.
Hence, when searching for effective kitchen gardening gifts these fundamentals should be kept in mind.
There is a whole range of exciting and interesting gift ideas which can not only enhance these goals but also make gardening a little bit easier.
Below we have put together our top 16 gifts for organic gardeners, perfect for any occasion including Christmas, birthdays or just to show you care.
1. Potato grow bags
The kitchen gardener is always looking for an effective way to produce more with less space. Traditionally potatoes are grown in the ground in drills with soil earthed up around stems as they grow.
These grow bags are an effective way to grow potatoes on a patio or confined space.
With handles for portability and a harvesting flap at the bottom this has to be the most versatile way of growing spuds.
Potatoes are looked upon as a main staple for the kitchen gardener providing a rich store of carbohydrate. These potato grow bags make for an affordable but high impact gift!
2. Vegetable seed sack
The vegetable seed sack has to be the ultimate gift idea for any kitchen gardener. It contains a whole range of exciting, novelty vegetable seeds including carrots, lettuce, chillies and multicoloured chards.
In fact this seed sack gift pack has 30 varieties of vegetable seeds! A small booklet contained has a page of information on each vegetable which also includes growing instructions.
The seed sack makes for a useful and compact gift for kitchen gardeners who love to experiment.
3. Potting table
The kitchen gardener has many different things to juggle. Not only do they have to time the seasons perfectly they must also store, preserve and cook with their produce.
This means kitchen gardeners need to be as organised as possible. An essential part of kitchen gardening is germination and raising young plants.
This requires an organised work space with everything to hand. There is no better way to achieve this than with a potting table.
This handsome potting table is not only functional it is compact and is easily portable making for a gift with serious impact!
Kitchen gardeners get a real buzz when it comes to harvesting the fruits of their labour. However as most vegetable gardeners know growing food involves some boom and bust.
Typically a vegetable gardener will receive a glut all at once while other seasons are unproductive. Hence it is essential that the kitchen gardener is able to preserve and store what they produce.
One of the best ways to do this is by dehydrating or drying! By removing out all moisture from fruits and vegetables can make them store for a very long time.
This makes this electric dehydrator the perfect gift for your kitchen gardener friends.
5. Garden cupboard cold frame
One of the most important parts of growing food for the kitchen is getting young plants strong.
This can be particularly challenging during the early season when young plants can succumb to cold snaps. As well as frost seedlings and young plants can easily be eaten by pests such as slugs and snails.
One of the best ways to prevent these risks is to provide a strong and sturdy cold frame.
This cupboard cold frame acts very much like a greenhouse providing a warm growing environment. Allowing for starting seeds off early will ensure your kitchen gardener friend will never lose a crop again!
6. Gardening seed tin
If you visit any kitchen gardeners work bench in spring you will probably see packets of seeds scattered about!
This is because vegetable growers love to rummage through their seed collection and spontaneously sow new seedlings. The only problem is sometimes their enthusiasm can lead to disorder.
One of the best ways to lend a helping hand is to provide them with a safe place to keep their seeds. One of the best ways to do this is provide them with a gardener’s seed tin.
This tightly sealed gardeners tin will help seed packets dry and in good order.
7. Heated propagator
Kitchen gardeners know about the vital importance of propagating young plants. However you can never start seedlings off to early especially if you live in a cold climate.
Heated propagators provide the opportunity to germinate seeds even in the coldest of conditions. This can provide a huge advantage and possibility of starting the growing season ahead of the game.
This heated propagator is compact and perfect for a window seal in late winter. It is particularly useful for germinating more exotic seeds like chillies and peppers for an earlier fruiting crop.
This makes heated propagators perfect gifts for kitchen gardeners.
8. Greenhouse thermometer
Most kitchen gardeners will tell you the best way to grow home produce is with a greenhouse.
The covered environment helps to protect against pests and the humid, warm conditions is optimum for plant growth. However one of the best ways to keep an eye on the temperature of a greenhouse is a thermometer.
This digital thermometer is ideal for monitoring temperature highs and lows in the kitchen gardener’s greenhouse. This can help to guide growing strategies and become familiar with your local conditions.
These greenhouse thermometers are compact and make very effective gardening gifts for the kitchen gardener.
9. Compost tin
One thing the kitchen gardener is always striving for is as much organic fertility as possible. This is because today many things we eat are fertilised with inorganic fertilisers derived from fossil fuels.
This means the nutrition our crops are grown from are not necessarily from naturally occurring soil fertility. These chemical fertilisers can be destructive to soil life and pollute watercourses.
Hence the kitchen gardener always seeks to compost their organic kitchen waste. One of the best ways to encourage an accumulation of kitchen waste is with compost tin.
This compost tin will be sympathetic to any kitchen design and will be a welcome gift at any time of the year.
10. Scare crow
Although kitchen gardeners generally love all parts of the natural world some are more welcome than others.
Some creatures also love to eat fresh fruit and vegetables and will gladly help themselves to growing beds. It is therefore essential for kitchen gardeners to take steps to prevent pests.
However gardeners generally do not like to see animals hurt so a deterrent is much more favourable. This makes these adorable scare crows a fun gift for the kitchen gardener.
As well as scaring away traditional pests they will also add that little bit of charm to the backyard.
11. Vegetable harvesting trug
Kitchen gardeners do not only have to be experts at growing and cooking, they also have to be good harvesters.
This rather underrated skill is vital to collect fruit and veg when it’s at its best. The perfect harvesting windows for some crops can literally be a few days!
Consequently a suitable gift for kitchen gardeners would be something which aids the harvesting process. This traditional harvesting trug is the perfect gift idea for gardeners who love to harvest regularly.
When it is not being used for collections it is perfect for storing and displayed as a fruit bowel.
12. Fermentation kit
As previously stated the storing of organically grown produce is vital for successful kitchen gardening.
However not all storing methods are created equal, some simply prolong shelf life while others add flavour. A good example of this is making preserves such as chutneys, jams and pickles.
However there is a less well known method of preservation which can also dramatically enhance flavour. This starter fermentation kit can make the perfect gift!
It comes complete with fermentation jars and self burping airlocks! Your gardening friend will be a fermentation expert in no time!
13. Garden tiller
Soil preparation is one of the biggest components of successful, kitchen gardening.
In order to grow crops well the soil should be tilled to alleviate compaction and realise a fine crumbly texture. This improves drainage, makes it easier for roots to run and makes it easier for the soil to except nutrients.
The best way to till the ground is with a professional garden tiller. If you want to treat your gardening friend to a much more upmarket gift tillers are a great choice.
This tiller will make short work of working the soil eliminating the need for hours of heavy digging.
14. Mushroom growing kit
Generally kitchen gardeners are always open to experimenting with growing new and exciting crops.
Surprisingly however not many kitchen gardeners have taken up the joys of mushroom growing. Today there is a wide variety of opportunity to grow not just common mushrooms but even rare and novelty varieties.
Expensive delicacies such as oyster and shitake mushrooms are becoming ever more accessible to grow! This can be done by purchasing mycelium spores online or with mushroom grow kits.
This Pink Oyster mushroom grow kit is an exciting gift which will actually reward you with supper!
15. Herb cutting scissors
A very popular crop among kitchen gardeners is herbs. Herbs come in a wide range of shapes and sizes with differing aromas.
Most herbs are culinary but can also be used in teas and even medicines. Being utilised for thousands of years there is very few gardeners who do not have a herb patch.
These herb cutting scissors are excellent for dicing up leaves while harvesting. With their multiple blades there is no need to spend precious time chopping in the kitchen.
Not only are these scissors affordable they are compact and can be easily stored in a kitchen drawer.
16. Wine making kit
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.