Allotment owners are always enthusiastic about self sufficiency and healthy living. It takes a lot of dedication and hard work to maintain a productive allotment throughout the year. It has to be said that allotment keeping is not just a hobby it is more of a lifestyle.
You have to live eat and breathe allotment growing with love to be successful at it. This is why a specific gift for allotment owners is a great idea for birthdays, Christmas or other special occasions. There is such a wide range of varying aspects to allotment growing. Some prefer to grow fruit some prefer vegetables and some even keep livestock like chickens.
Not only is keeping an allotment great for producing tasty, organic fruit and vegetables it is also great exercise. Vigorous activities such as churning the soil, weeding and harvesting keeps allotment keepers extremely fit.
Evidence has shown that exercise outside in natural environments is extremely good for mental health and well being. This makes allotment owners some of the healthiest and happiest people around!
Gifts for allotment owners not only reward them for their hard work but also encourage them to keep up such a beneficial past time. We have put together comprehensive list of fantastic gifts for allotment owners below!
Seed collections for allotment growers
One of the most exciting parts of allotment gardening is planting a seed and waiting for it to sprout! Allotment owners love to try out new seed varieties every year. Large part of allotment gardening is about experimentation and trying new things.
Gardeners always get extremely excited when they receive new seeds! They love to plan everything in advance and seeds while in the packet will be allocated to a special part of the allotment. Seed box gift sets and collections make perfect gifts for allotment gardeners. We have put together some great seed gifts perfect for your vegetable gardener friend.
Gifts for allotment propagation
Allotment growers are constantly battling against the seasons and the weather. One of the greatest tasks they face is propagating young seedlings to robust, young plants. This is essential to have plants that will withstand frosts and pests. In order for the gardener to germinate and grow on seedlings they need propagation aids.
Propagators, seed trays and heated cold frames are all extremely useful for allotment growers. They provide a warm sheltered environment for seedlings to thrive getting a head start to the growing season. These all make great gifts for allotment owners. We have put together a comprehensive selection for you here.
Gardening gift sets for allotment owners
Gardening gift sets are a quick and easy gifting solution for your allotment gardening friends. But what type of gift box should you buy? Well knowing your friend already has an allotment it may be wise to know what other passions they have.
It also helps to know what things they like to grow on their allotment plot. As an example if they like spicy food and like growing exotic plants a chilli seed selection gift set could be a great choice.
We have put a good selection of gift sets which could be ideal gifts for your allotment gardening friend.
Gifts for allotment digging
There is simply getting away from the fact digging is a fundamental part of maintaining an allotment. The constant working and turning of the soil allows for a light loose texture. This friable loamy soil is perfect for growing crops with roots free to spread and find the nutrients they require. Digging allows oxygen and nutrients to be added to the soil making it optimum for plant health.
Many allotment owners will tell you that digging is great exercise and actually very therapeutic. The truth is whether enjoyable or not digging is a big part of owning an allotment. There are many tools which make digging easier on the gardener. This makes digging tools great gifts for allotment owners. We have put together some of our favourite here.
Pruning gifts for the allotment grower
Depending on if your allotment grower prefers vegetables or fruit growing or both They will almost certainly need pruning equipment. Fruit bushes and trees need regular pruning to keep them healthy and producing.
Some fruits such as raspberries need annual cutting at certain types of year depending of their type. Fruits like apples and pears need regular pruning to keep the crown aerated. Pruning also allows more sunlight to fruits to help them to ripen.
There are many different pruning apparatus for every situation and pruning type. Some of these make excellent gifts for allotment owners. We have grouped together some of the best here.
Gifts for growing under cover
Whether greenhouse gardening or protecting young plants, growing undercover is vital for the allotment owner.
Most allotment gardeners need to start vegetables off early in the year. Frosts and cold conditions at these times make it imposable to start crops off outside. This is why the allotment gardener requires a means to germinate and raise young plants. For inside heated propagators and cellular trays make useful gifts. For outside conditions cold frames allow young plants to harden off safely under cover.
On the other side of the spectrum polytunnels and greenhouses allow the allotment owner to grow more exotic plants. Nothing stretches the gardener more than to grow exotic and unusual specimens. Chillies, cucumbers, aubergines, peppers and coriander are just some of the things that can be grown.
Polytunnels and greenhouses come in a wide range of sizes making extremely versatile. This makes them perfectly suited gifts for allotment owners.
Clothing gifts for allotment owners
One thing has to be said about allotment growers they are a toughed breed! In order to keep an allotment in good productive order all year round it takes vigorous effort in all conditions.
Far from many assumptions hard physical work outside in the fresh air is good for health and well being! Allotment owners know that braving the elements is necessary but also very rewarding. The bountiful supply of fresh, organic vegetables is extremely rewarding, satisfying and not to mention tasty.
Braving all weathers and temperatures may be satisfying but in order to do it effectively the proper clothing is required. Warm waterproof gloves, hats, jackets, trousers and boots are all vital for the vegetable grower. This is why they can make extremely good gifts for allotment owners. We have put together or favourites for you here.
Gifts for comfort on the allotment
Although most allotment growers take challenge to bad conditions and strenuous exercise there is always room for comfort. Whatever the time of year anything that makes the allotment owners life more comfortable means more productability.
When managing an allotment extra comfort can make spending time on the plot more enjoyable. This means more growing time and hence more healthy fresh vegetables for the table. Allotments should not just be a place for gardening. Many allotment keepers actually have get-togethers and even dinner parties on their allotment.
This means moving some creature comforts onto the allotment can be a great innovative gift idea! We have put together a selection comfort items which will make great gifts for allotment owners.
Skin care gifts for allotment owners
Allotment growing can be tough on the body and especially those parts exposed and not covered up. One of the downsides to working in all weathers is your skin can take some serious abuse.
During the summer time UV rays can burn the skin leading to aging and wrinkles. During winter time the cold can cause dry and cracked skin especially the hands and lips.
What better way to show your vegetable gardener friend you love them than to look after their skin. Skin care and pampering products make great gifts for allotment owners! We have put together a great selection below.
Personalised gifts for allotment owners
When it comes to gifts for the allotment owner there is nothing like a personal touch. Fruit and vegetable growers take great pride in their plot and what they produce. Allotment gardeners will tell you that what they do is more of a lifestyle then a hobby.
This means that keeping an allotment is a very personal passion for vegetable growers. For this reason therefore personalised gifts for allotment gardeners are a great choice.
There are many great options for personalisation with gardening gifts. Gloves, signs, tools and clothing all are great gift ideas. We have put together some great options for personalised gifts here.
Organising gifts for the allotment grower
One thing that does have to be said about allotment gardening and that is it takes meticulous organisation. Seeds must be germinated at the correct time of year with monthly jobs which need to be completed consistently.
The combination of gardening knowledge and being prepared is paramount on the allotment. It has to be said forward thinking and organisation is vital to successful allotment growing.
Allotment owners require multiple tools and gadgets to undergo general gardening tasks. Organising tools, sheds and cupboards can seriously help the vegetable grower execute their gardening season electively. This is why Organising gifts make fantastic for the allotment owner.
Lunch break gifts for allotment owners
A working day on the allotment usually involves many hours of strenuous activity. It is said that allotment gardening can burn up to 500 calories an hour. This means a full 8 hour day of allotment gardening could burn off a whooping 4000 calories! Studies have shown that exercise is the single best thing we can do for our health.
Such vigorous activity however requires some breaks and down time. A lunch break outside on the allotment should involve some replenishing of calories and a nice warm brew! In other words the allotment should also be a place of relaxation and warm treats to keep the allotment owner going on cold winter days.
Comfortable outside seating, pic nic tables, tea making stoves and outside cooking equipment can all be enjoyed by allotment gardeners. These can all make fantastic gives. Check out our selection below.
Educational gifts for allotment owners
One of the intriguing things about gardening is you can never know absolutely everything about the subject. Vegetable gardening in particular requires such a wealth of knowledge with techniques to perfect that gardeners are always hungry for information.
Most of the time informational learning is not enough. It is the continued trial and error of gardeners which makes them masters of their soil, climate and conditions. It is no surprise therefore that allotment gardeners are always looking for new information.
Vegetable gardening books are hugely popular amongst allotment goers. This makes books fantastic gifts for allotment owners. We have grouped the most up to date below.
Preservation gifts for allotment gardeners
One thing that allotment keepers will tell you about vegetable gardening is the sheer glut of produce you can produce. Although this is a benefit of allotment gardening it can also be a hindrance. Sometimes in their efforts to achieve a good crop yield they simply end up with too much!
Sometimes to give fruit and vegetables away is the only option but with preservation techniques they can avoid wasting the fruits of their labour. Preservation includes drying, pickling, jam making and even wine making with spare garden produce.
Such disciplines can be great fun and a new hobby for the allotment gardener. These preservation methods can make great gifts for the allotment owner! Cider presses, dehydration appliances and preserving kits can all make excellent gifts for allotment owners. Check out examples of these with our selection of these below.
Pest control gifts for allotment owners
Every growing season is a constant battle for the allotment and vegetable grower.
Not only do weeds want to grow insects, birds and mammals all want to eat their vegetables as much they do. Although most allotment gardeners are nature lovers the truth is not all nature is welcome on the vegetable plot. Most allotment growers do not like using chemicals for pest control. They realise that food without such methods is the healthiest and one of the reasons they grow their own produce.
Therefore allotment gardeners look to other means for pest control. These can be ecological, traditional or high tech pest control gadgets. Cage devices, insect hotels and robot scare crows are some of the ways vegetable growers can deter pests from their plot. These can make great gifts for allotment owners.
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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.