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Christmas Gifts for Gardeners 2019

Over £20

Woodland Animals Hamper Tote £24.99

From the sleepy curled-up dormouse and nut-hunting red squirrel to the furry fox and black and white badger – everyone will have their favourite forest-dweller on this charming tote, which features illustrations by Lake District-based artist Becca Hall. And any foodie or fan of cheese is sure to find a new favourite flavour inside. Filled with a scrumptious selection of savoury delights that are perfect paired with an after-dinner cheeseboard, it makes a wonderful gift for that tricky-to-buy-for friend who likes a chunk of cheese (or two).

The strongly made canvas bag with contrasting piping and stout rope handles is full of tasty treats, individually wrapped then packed inside a cardboard box to keep them safe. The bag contains:

Black Garlic Pickle (210g) –tangy and delicious, a dollop will add a flavour kick to pork pies and cold meats as well as cheese. Handmade in the Lake District, it’s gluten-free, suitable for vegans and contains no artificial flavourings.

Cheeseboard Chutney (110g) – a fruity medley of cranberries, Bramley apples and fresh figs, flavoured with spices and a dash of red wine. Gluten-free and suitable for vegans.

Red Onion Marmalade (120g) – deliciously sweet and sticky, spread it on an oaty biscuit and top with a wedge of your favourite fromage or use it in place of pickle in a classic cheese and pickle sandwich.

Mature Cheddar Oaty Biscuits for Cheese (130g) –crunchy crackers made in Yorkshire from the finest ingredients, including real Cheddar cheese, they’re made for stacking up with a slice of cheese and a dollop of pickle or chutney. Suitable for vegetarians.

Red Pepper & Pumpkin Seeds Oaty Biscuits For Cheese (130g) – with the sweetness of red peppers and the nutty crunch of pumpkin seeds. Suitable for vegetarians.

Pickled Onions in Cider Vinegar (200g) – crisp, crunchy silverskin onions that perfectly complement full-flavoured English cheeses, they’re also delicious paired with cold cuts or popped into a salad for extra crunch. Suitable for vegans.

Ditsy Roo Pouch £32.99

A new & improved shape for this season, this is a perfect day bag in our popular refreshed ditsy print. Featuring zip pockets, an adjustable strap & made from hardwearing cotton canvas. Material: SHELL 100% COTTON LINING: 100% COTTON Dimensions: H: 21.5cm W:22.5cm D:1.5cm

Driving Gnome for Christmas jumper £28.99

This hilarious unisex Christmas jumper features one of the best puns yet! Two gnomes are shown driving a festive looking car with the words 'Driving Gnome for Christmas' instead of 'Driving Home for Christmas' as the famous Chris Rhea song goes. This sweatshirt is sure to raise a laugh whenever it is worn this Christmas! The sweatshirt is made from 50% cotton and 50% polyester with a brushed fleece inside. It has a crew neck and bottom hem, cuffs and collar with 1x1 elastane rib for a perfect fit. Machine wash 40°, turn garment inside out. Do not bleach. Do not tumble dry. Low iron. Do not dry clean.

The sizes tend to come up large if anything so if you are in between sizes or unsure we recommend you order down.

Recommended sizes: XS (8/10) 34/36" S (10/12) 36/38" M (12/14) 38/40" L (14/16) 41/42" XL (16/18) 43-44" 2XL (20/22) 45/47"

Windermere Boat House nest box £39.99

This bird house features removable walls for cleaning, good ventilation and drainage and easy-clean access. Code KSHB-004

One Top Electric Propagator from £26.99

This compact electric propagator features a 10 watt heated base (lead length 132cm/52" when plugged in) and is ideal for seeds and cuttings. It features an injection-moulded growing tray and crystal-clear, high dome, vented cover to create optimal growing conditions. Ideal for growing vegetables, flowers or herbs, the simple non-thermostatic control unit provides the perfect low-cost means to growing success. Economical to run, the base consumes just one sixth of the power of a standard household light bulb and provides warmth which aids fast germination and supports young plant development. The clear high top cover (with adjustable vent) enables the control of ideal humidity conditions.

All components are injection-moulded in rigid plastic to give many years of use. The growing tray features ‘two tier’ drainage and capillary holes which aid healthy root development while the cover gives a full 12cm of height clearance. Size: 38.5cm (15”) long x 24cm (9.5”) wide x 20cm (8”) high.

Under £20

Jones the Bones Muscle & Joint Oil £14.50

Jones The Bones is a best selling, award-winning, 100% natural, handmade muscle and joint oil. Formulated by Founder and Osteopath George Jones, Jones the Bones Muscle and Joint Oil has been created to help ease the symptoms associated with Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, growing pains and to aid recovery from sporting injuries. Apply twice a day to any painful joint or aching muscle. Great as a post exercise muscle rub. 100ml. Vegan. Compostable box.

INGREDIENTS: Vitis Vinifera (grapeseed oil), Hypericum perforatum,(St John’s Wort Oil), Anthemis nobilis,( Roman chamomile essential oil), Lavender grosso, (lavender essential oil) Rosmarinus officinalis, (rosemary essential oil), Origanum majorana (marjoram essential oil) *Limonene, *Linalool, *Citronellol *Geraniol, *Benzyl Benzoate. *naturally occurring in essential oils.

Cottage Delight Watering Can Planter Food Hamper £14.99

A lovely gift for gardeners, tucked inside this Cottage Delight Watering Can Planter is a tasty trio of treats for a tasty afternoon pit stop and, when the contents have been devoured, you can plant it up the little can with something pretty and pop it on a windowsill.

Classic Thin Cut Orange Marmalade (113g) – a winner of a Great Taste Award, Cottage Delight's Orange Marmalade is a rich and fruity marmalade made to a classic recipe using the finest, juiciest oranges.

Strawberry Whole Fruit Jam (113g) – 2010 Winner of a Great Taste Gold Award, this delicious preserve is a unique, fruit-packed recipe that’s super-tasty. Chocolate Chip Biscuits (125g) – With their melt-in-the-mouth buttery taste, you’ll find it hard to believe these delicious biscuits are gluten free – but they are! Suitable for vegetarians.

Cocktail Garden Kit £12.99

www.plant-theatre.co.uk Grow your own Cocktail Garden with this specially-selected range of seeds to grow plants with an interesting variety of aromas to flavour and garnish your drinks. You don't need a lot of space; you could dedicate a simple raised bed or integrate your cocktail plants into your garden borders. Alternatively, grow them in containers or pots on your patio or balcony. Inside the box you will find everything you need to start growing your Cocktail Garden. The kit contains: 1 packet of cucamelon seeds (add star quality to your cocktails with these grape sized 'water melons' that taste of cucumber but pack a zingy lime crunch) , 1 packet of blue borage seeds (starry blue flowers, borage leaves smell and taste like cucumber and green melon), 1 packet of lime basil seeds (traditional flavour of basil with a crisp citrus note), 1 packet of Agastache seeds (flavour and aroma of sweet liquorice), 1 packet of mint seeds (refreshing mint with its sweet sharp flavour is a must for the cocktail gardener) and 1 packet of lemon balm seeds (invigorating citrusy note, when crushed the leaves have a lingering fresh scent and a subtle lemon flavour).

Also included in the box are: 6 starter growing pots made from peat, 6 peat blocks which expand when watered, 6 plant markers and Sowing & Growing Tips, plus 18 Original Cocktail Recipes - includes photographs of each cocktail & full instructions on how to make syrups from each variety.

Gold Leaf Soft Touch Gloves from £16.97

These robust, hard-wearing gardening gloves are endorsed by The Royal Horticultural Society. Made from soft, supple, high-quality, deerskin leather, they are comfortable general purpose gardening gloves, close-fitting and with a flexible back offering enhanced dexterity Designed in the U.K and widely recognised as "The World's Finest Gardening Gloves".

Brie Harrison Secateur & Holster Set £19.99

These stylish ergonomic secateurs are a pleasure to use, with handles in Brie Harrison's signature blue. The dainty secateurs are ideal for precision trimming of houseplants. The gorgeous waxed canvas holster is printed with Brie's original artwork and features a handy belt loop and brightly-coloured lining that brings a dash of panache. Presented in a gorgeous gift box with gold foil highlights and ribbon pull handle, for a touch of luxury.

Mopani Wood Air Plant Kit £19.99

If you love making things, then this is for you! Create your very own, unique air plant display with this complete kit. Each plant is specifically chosen with the end result in mind. Top quality, fresh plants that will give results you will be delighted with. The perfect for someone who loves making things, or someone looking to add to their collection of houseplants! The kit includes 5 medium air plants, air plant fixative, decorative moss, mopani wood base, assembly and care instructions. Height: 15cm approx. Base: 15-20cm approx

Floral Outdoor Tool Belt from £10.40

This pretty floral gardening tool belt has 4 multi-functional pockets for all your gardening tools. The waist ties are fully adjustable so that you can adjust the apron to fit just right for you. The tool belt is made from Polyester in blue with a pink and green floral rose pattern and brown faux leather trim. The apron measures 18" (46cm) wide x 14" (35cm) long approximately. This durable apron should be hand washed only - do not machine wash, tumble dry or iron. TOOLS ARE NOT INCLUDED.

Stocking fillers under £10

Easton Walled Garden sweet pea tin £3.50

We are proud to use the finest seed from our garden to create a collection of the best heritage, scented and modern sweet peas. Every variety is trialled and assessed for its vigour and beauty before we offer it to you. Sweet pea seed grown and harvested with such care needs a suitable container to keep the seed stable and dry. The Easton Collection is now available in fully recyclable tins. Decorated in a pattern designed by Ursula Cholmeley, the tin reflects colours found in arts and crafts motifs of the Edwardian Era when sweet peas were as highly valued at Easton as they are today.

Grandma Wild’s Gardener's Biscuit Tin £3.99

How does your garden grow? On the top of Grandma Wild’s Gardener’s Biscuit Tin, it’s filled with flowers, tools and the fruits of your labours, with a weathercock-topped beehive in the middle. A perfect present or stocking filler for a green-fingered friend, it’s jam-packed with deliciously crumbly, crunchy all-butter shortbread shapes – after all, every gardener deserves a tea break or two.

Grow-your-own Pesto Set £6.95

Discover the enjoyment of growing fresh pesto in the kitchen every day, all year round. Contents: Pestle & Mortar, Organic Basil seeds, Compost pellet, instructions and recipe

Sow seeds indoors all year round. Place the compost pellet into a bowl and add 150ml of warm water. After about 3 minutes you will have enough compost to fill the mortar. The compost pellet contains all the nutrients required for healthy plants. Sow half the seeds by pushing them gently under the surface of the compost. The remaining seeds can be used next time. Place the mortar in a room or on a windowsill with enough light and warmth (20ºC). Ensure the compost remains moist. The seeds will usually germinate after approximately 10 days. When the plants are 4-5cm high, they can be thinned out by carefully removing all but the 3 strongest plants. This allows the herbs to have plenty of room to develop well. If you are completing the thinning process after May, the seedlings which have been removed can be planted outside (spaced 20cm apart), directly into the garden, patio pots or window boxes.

Easy Pesto Recipe (Serves 2)
25g/1oz basil leaves
15g/½oz pine nuts
15g/½oz parmesan, grated
1 small clove garlic
40ml olive oil
Ground black pepper and salt

1. Heat a small frying pan over a low heat and toast the pine nuts until golden, shaking the pan occasionally.
2. Place the toasted pine nuts in a mortar and gently crush them.
3. Add the garlic clove and parmesan, and crush to a paste.
4. Add the basil leaves a handful at a time and crush to combine them with the other ingredients.
5. Add the olive oil and season to taste.

Delicious as a topping for Bruschetta, a marinade for olives or in pasta dishes.

Spade thermometer £8.99

Made from cast iron and featuring a durable paint finish for rust prevention, this lovely and quirky garden-themed thermometer is perfect for indoor or outdoor use. Spade 23.5 x 6.5 x 1cm.

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