If your idea of a stellar day in the backyard involves the beer garden over your actual garden, we get it. Like baking, gardening falls somewhere between 'science' and 'suspicious art form'. Naturally, this makes gift shopping for gardeners a little intimidating. But don't chuck it all in and head to the pub just yet. Cosier writer and proud plant parent Elese is here to help, with local picks to please gardeners of all skill levels.
Mean green composting machine
Composting is a hassle, right? Wrong. Recycling food waste is easier than ever with this Green Cone Solar Composter. There's no turning or standing over stinky bins, thanks to clever hot air chambers which turbo-charge the composting process. Compost Revolution works with local councils to wheel out compost bins and worm farms Australia-wide. These little beauties return the good stuff to the surrounding soil, and make great garden gifts for dad.
Houseplant starter pack
For indoor gardeners who wish they knew their coleus from their calathea, you can't go wrong with the Leaf Supply Guide to Creating Your Indoor Jungle. Leaf Supply is the brainchild of Sydneysiders Lauren Camilleri and Sophia Kaplan. They make it easy to get indoor gardens growing by shipping plants and pots curated from local ceramicists and nurseries round Australia. Send a copy off with their Houseplant Starter Pack and you'll be in their good books for life.
Plants, like people, can be sensitive. If your favourite gardener can be forgetful or over-enthusiastic when it comes to watering, a 'Devil's Ivy' or Golden Pothos from YoungLeaf is the way to go. Cosier writer Elese can tell you that these hardy houseplants will happily survive in a jar of water almost anywhere indoors. They're the gift that keeps on giving too, as anyone can grow endless new plants from even dubious cuttings.
Pretty as a picture
Sometimes it's safer to leave it up to the pros. These 'The Garden' Prints from Melbourne startup Brosa make great garden gifts for mum who knows best when it comes to growing beautiful blooms. Brosa's wooden frames are made with sustainable Victorian Ash, so you can do your bit for the earth too.
Bold and beautiful
Aussie Abstract Painter Robert Brown has teamed up with Gorman to make these bright, abstract floral planters. Gorman's water-resistant cotton canvas planters include 3 eyelets and a rope hanger. These eye-catching hanging planters are ideal for displaying houseplants in smaller spaces.
Cosier editor Sarah reckons label and marker sets make top edible gardening gift ideas. 'When growing herbs outside in a large planter, it's useful to see at a glance what plants they are.' These sets come with 15 metal labels made from copper and galvanized steel, and a weatherproof permanent marker to withstand the elements. They're reusable, too.
Like impressionist paintings, sometimes gorgeous gardens are a bit of a mess up close. These Aussie-designed Monet's Garden candles by Glasshouse are scented with tuberose, loganberry, lavender and ylang ylang. We reckon this fragrance will delight any gardener with a bit of an artsy streak - even if their own backyard's a bit of a dog's brekky.
The practical pressie
Here's a practical gardening gift idea: grab one of these flexible tubs and fill it up with soil, plants and a bottle of Seaweed concentrate for a pragmatic housewarming gift or father's day pressie. Cosier co-founder Daniel says 'they're great for lugging mulch around or throwing weeds in, especially in areas of the garden where the wheelbarrow can't reach.'
We love these Organic Oyster Mushroom Grow Kits for green gardeners who like to try new things. Aussie company Life Cykel started out growing mushrooms using coffee waste collected from local cafes, and recycled coffee grounds also power these at-home grow kits. All that's needed is a little water, then in 10-15 days they can make carbonara with their very own mushrooms.
No matter their enthusiasm, not everyone has the time or backyard space to dedicate to a sprawling vege garden. Cosier editor Sarah says she's 'managed to successfully keep alive a few pots of basil' in her time, and rates windowsill planter boxes for busy gardeners. Aussie-owned company Urban Greens makes it easy with this Micro Herbs Window Sill Box, which includes a porcelain planter, bamboo drip tray, and propagation mix, as well as basil, parsley and chive seeds.
Take a load off
Spring doesn't have to go hand in hand with sore knees. One of Sarah's top picks is 'a cushioned knee pads for weeding (because #comfort).' This Gardeon Kneeler Chair has a soft EVA foam pad and doubles as a seat to keep jeans grass stain-free. It's made with a sturdy steel frame, and like a great dress, includes pockets.
Speaking of making friends in the garden, Victorian locals Little Veggie Patch Co. have put together this Beneficial Bugs Seed Kit to lure in the good guys. Predatory insects like ladybirds and lacewings increase garden biodiversity while keeping pests in check. This seed kit includes borage, dandelion, dill, tansy and clover to make their garden ecosystem a happy little vegemite.
It's the one step solution to handle a variety of gardening tasks. Making digging, planting, raking in garden fast and easy. Making yard work fun again and hassle free with other garden tools. Either Right-handed or Left-handed people can use these pack of gloves. Gloves with claw make digging easy, gloves no claw is flexible and suitable for gradbing. Fits like a second skin. Breathable and stretchy natural latex coat protects your hands from dirt, sweat and injuries. Durable, waterproof, puncture resistant to protect your hands. EZONEDEAL Premium quality with sturdy claws no thorns. Every pairs must pass our artificial quality inspection, to make sure you get one perfect gloves. Extremely lightweight and stretchable- one size fits most people. You can wear these nitrile garden gloves for hours with ease.