Spring is the start of new beginnings. And for many of us, those new beginnings take the shape of some home or garden improvements. Searches in Google for “gardening” peak in March and April every year and during the last two years, Britons have spent an eye watering £26 billion on their gardens.
Add to that the imminent arrival of Mother’s Day in the UK and it’s the perfect time to think about some great gardening gifts that your mum will love. And, as we’re all becoming much more aware of the impact we’re having on the environment, we want to help you find some great gifts that won’t harm the garden.
Below, we’ve rounded up some of the best sustainable gardening gifts for Mother’s Day.
Sustainable gardening gloves
Treat your mum to a pair of sustainable gardening gloves and you’ll be helping her and the planet. A lot of gardening gloves contain plastic which can hide some chemicals that you’d probably prefer to keep away from your mum’s skin. When it comes to the disposal of plastic-based gardening gloves, there’s also a higher environmental impact.
Choosing gloves made from natural fibres is a much more environmentally friendly and they’ll be kinder to skin too.
Plant pots and planters
Plastic plant pots are cheap and readily available but they can also be incredibly harmful for the environment. Taking around 400 years to decompose, plastic plant pots are a lingering problem for gardens – and there’s around 500 million of them in circulation.
Companies like Husk are trying to change that. Based in West Sussex, they have a range of planters and pots created from natural materials like coffee husks, bamboo powder and straw. What’s even better is that at the end of pot’s life, you simply crush it and bury it in the ground.
From simple dish planters and hanging pots to bright, muffin-tin inspired planters – they make the perfect sustainable gardening gift for Mother’s Day.
Homes for wildlife
If your mum loves welcoming wildlife into her garden then Green & Blue, based in Perranporth, Cornwall, have a whole host of affordable wildlife homes and feeders for you to treat her to.
Seeing small birds, bees, butterflies and even bats in your garden can be incredibly excitingand is a fantastic way to encourage more activity. Bird feeders, bee bricks and cells, bat blocks and bird houses are all available to buy and Green & Blue are committed to using recycled or natural materials wherever possible.
Take a look at the suspended Birdball Birdhouse – it’s an ideal sustainable gardening gift for Mother’s Day that has a stylish twist on the traditional bird house.
Seed bombs are fun whatever your age. They add a spot of wild beauty to gardens and have the added bonus of attracting much-needed, and often endangered, wildlife into your garden.
Kabloom has seed bombs with some serious personality that are bound to bring a smile to your mum’s face. This grenade-shaped seed bomb is great fun and filled with seeds that will attract bees into the garden. They also have seed-bomb gift boxes for birds, bees and butterflies.
You don’t need a large space for seed bombs – you can grow them in planters, tubs and pots so they will look great even on a balcony or patio area. If you want to put a little more love into it, you can have a go at making your own for Mother’s Day with this handy guide from The Wildlife Trusts.
Treat your mum and the planet this Mother’s Day.
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