Few things give me peace like gardening. The standard routines – like daily waterings, weekly weedings or regular mulching of tea leaves and coffee grounds – all seem very soothing in otherwise stressful days. A fun weekend for me ornamenting my garden, planting a new sapling or cleaning out my fence.
An expected side effect of this passion is that it makes me an easy person to buy gifts for – everyone knows what I love! I can’t count the number of vegetables and fruits in my garden that originally came as gifts from a colleague or a friend.
So if you have to gift something to a green thumb out there, let this green thumb assure you – go green always! Here are 10 perfect gifts:
1. A grow-it-yourself kit
Here’s a fruitful addition to your garden. Why settle for flowers when a balcony, terrace or garden can also grow juicy tomatoes, lush fenugreek or organic chillies? These are some of the more common vegetables in the kitchen but you can also go for a grow-kit with okra, cucumber, and other such greens. The kit costs less than Rs 500 but the returns are priceless!
2. Compost for the best gardening experience
A good garden is one with several plants. A great garden is biodiverse. A fantastic garden utilises kitchen waste to maintain biodiversity.
For all the gardening enthusiasts out there, a compost kit can be a true saviour. You won’t have to go looking for compost and you certainly won’t need to throw out your food waste any more.
3. A ready potting mix for your garden
As every gardening enthusiast all too sadly knows – seedlings will wither in poor quality soil . But this ready-to-grow potting mix is just the push you need to be reassured that you are not lacking in the skill of growing lush plants. The kit comes ready with cocopeat, vermicompost and other essential nutrients. Plant the seeds in the planter, water it regularly, and watch the magic happen!
4. Think ahead while on the go
Trips often end with several bags of trash–most of which is unsegregated. With this Rs 300 segregation kit, you don’t have to worry about this anymore. Keep this in your car and put the waste in one of the three compartments–reject, organic or dry. Whenever you get access to a garbage bin, discard it with ease. But more power to you if you bring back the organic waste and utilise it in your garden!
5. These organic seeds that will give gardening a push
You know what gives a passionate gardener genuine joy? Nurturing a young sapling and seeing it grow into a blooming plant. Gift your favourite gardening enthusiast a set of these naturally treated organic seeds of parsley, red lettuce, broccoli, or iceberg lettuce. I am sure they’ll call you home for a dinner made with these very ingredients!
6. Get your hobby indoors too
Why should gardening be restricted to the home and the outdoors? With these pretty planters, you can have a mini-garden on your desk! Choose between these aesthetic concrete planters or go for a cute ceramic planter shaped like a bunny or an owl or both! No garden can have too many plants if you plan them properly.
7. Be safe while gardening
This is a must for every gardener who spends their time near plants in the evenings. Insects and pests are up and active during these times, making you vulnerable to bites, scratches and itches. Why not equip yourself with natural insect repellents to be safe from potential diseases? And while you are at it, protect your plants from pests, not with harmful chemicals, but home-made bio enzymes.
8. Plantable pencils, books, and more
After you are done writing with these or in them, these amazing pencils and book pages can turn into plants! Magnificent, isn’t it? We certainly think so. Not only are these wonderful eco-friendly stationery items but also a gorgeous addition to a lush garden. Head here to choose from the plantable envelopes, books, gift tags and pencils.
Gardening is an ever-evolving hobby which allows you to learn new things. The more time you spend with your plants, the better you get to know them. With these awesome gifts, there’s another excuse to step into your backyard, in the company of your green friends.
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(Edited by Shruti Singhal)