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Make it a Planet Friendly Christmas

Christmas is often a time when a lot of things get wasted and discarded – unwanted presents, wrapping paper, leftovers, your peace of mind… the list goes on. Traditionally a time to think of family, perhaps this year extend this theme of family to our planet. Reducing waste by using recycled materials or giving non waste producing gifts can give you a feel good factor that is a present in itself. Use the list below to inspire you for gardening and non gardening friends and relatives.

  1. Bee hotels and nesting boxes – can be ordered online, or homemade. Bee hotels encourage beneficial insects into the garden to aid in pollination. Nest boxes for various birds, bats, and possums can also be ordered online.
  2. Worm farm – if you have one, gift some worm juice and castings to your friends. Or buy them a farm and worms from a hardware shop. There are many composting options such as bokashi buckets so people living in flats can recycle as well.
  3. A raised garden bed – these are ideal for the less mobile.
  4. A load of mulch or fertilizer. An offer for a few hours help would be appreciated as well.
  5. A voucher from a gardening or cleaning firm (Jim’s provide a range of services) can be a great gift for when time and energy fade, or a difficult task such as cleaning gutters keeps getting put off.
  6. A hamper related to the persons interests. These can be packed into a clean pot or a hanging basket. Some ideas include

    1. Propagation: some rooting hormone, a bag of propagation mix, and some small pots and labels;
    2. A selection of native bush foods such as chutneys, jams and spices. These can be found in larger supermarkets;
    3. A magazine subscription or a selection of magazines, and a nice cup, biscuits, tea bags or coffee;
    4. Membership to your local Australian Plants Society, a copy of Growing Australia magazine, and a plant or two.
  7. A voucher for an experience. These have a wide selection and are available online. Some include chocolate tours, drag racing and the like, or tickets for things such as movies or entry to a park.
  8. A bunch of flowers is always appreciated, and some from the garden are lovely.
  9. For keen propagators, a selection of cuttings would be welcome.
  10. Make your purchases count – giving a donation as a gift via World Vision, or buying a calendar from a wildlife shelter or other charity.

Don’t forget that Christmas can be a lonely time for some, so a friendly smile or a chat can make a big difference.


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