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Present ideas for a BiL with an allotment please!

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Chottie Sat 13-Jun-15 21:16:19

Suggestions please for a birthday present (£40-£50) for a BiL with an allotment. This is his first year having an allotment, it is a big one and he is growing vegetables. He is an architect and likes quirky, designer type things.

Ideally, I would love to be able order something on line and have it delivered.

Thank you smile

agoodbook Sat 13-Jun-15 21:29:02

Well, I don't know if they are quirky, but as someone with a big allotment, its good tools that matter, eg a good hoe, wheelbarrow with blow up tyre or a 3 prong harrow. If it looks like a lifetime addiction- then maybe Wolf multi change tools - you buy a handle, and buy the bits to put on it smile

MisForMumNotMaid Sat 13-Jun-15 21:38:39

A Bokashi bin or wormery?

shovetheholly Sun 14-Jun-15 07:27:20

A BOKASHI BIN!!!!!

WhatsGoingOnEh Sun 14-Jun-15 07:31:47

www.amazon.co.uk/Bright-Side-Gardeners-Hip-Flask/dp/B00J03XTDS

TheSpottedZebra Sun 14-Jun-15 11:42:47

Hey, if you wait a minute, Shove will be along talking about a bokashi bin... grin

It's my 1st year with an allotment, and apart from a bokashi bin, I want an azada/digging hoe type thing. And also All The Seeds, and some structural type things like cloches and frames. Not sure that any of it is particularly design-led however.

Chottie Sun 14-Jun-15 20:11:35

Thank you flowers I will wait for Shove's suggestions too smile

TheSpottedZebra Sun 14-Jun-15 21:10:26

Oh, sorry I was joking blush. As she'd already been here talking about the amazing bokashi.

Seriously, they do sound amazing, and I do want one!

shovetheholly Mon 15-Jun-15 08:29:32

OP, I am noted on this forum for a tendency to bore everyone to tears sing hymns of praise to bokashi bins. So Zebra is just teasing me about it! grin

They ARE really, really, really, really good though.

Though perhaps not the kind of thing you could wrap up with a pretty bow...

TheSpottedZebra Mon 15-Jun-15 11:30:51

blush

I'm struggling to think of quirky designery garden things. I can think of classics - eg Felco secateurs, Haws watering cans etc but not quirky.

shovetheholly Mon 15-Jun-15 12:05:58

Oooh, an idea! Eva Solo has a garden range, including a rather nice contemporary bird bath, outdoor torches, planters, bird feeders. Like a lot of Danish design, they are ££££ - so it would be a generous present!

ArcheryAnnie Mon 15-Jun-15 12:13:56

I think these are rather beautiful - I got one for a friend: insulated lunchboxes so you can take a warm meal to the allotment! (Or a cold one, if it's baking hot outside.)

www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/171782960689?limghlpsr=true&hlpv=2&ops=true&viphx=1&hlpht=true&lpid=108&chn=ps&device=c&rlsatarget=&adtype=pla&crdt=0&ff3=1&ff11=ICEP3.0.0-L&ff12=67&ff13=80&ff14=108&ff19=0

Oodear Mon 15-Jun-15 14:39:51

I got a wormery for my birthday once.

derektheladyhamster Mon 15-Jun-15 14:45:38

The thing if equipment is too nice people won't leave it at the allotment for fear of it being broken into and knocked. I only leave old tools up there. Garden vouchers arey favourite

ethelb Wed 17-Jun-15 16:27:07

A mattock!
A herb or vegetable seed subscription
A really long hose with one of those things you wind them up on
A compost bin of some sort

Netted vegetable tunnels and cages are really quite expensive and he will discover he needs one pretty quickly. gardening-naturally.com has reasonably priced ones.

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