The holidays are here, which means that it’s time to start thinking about gifts! Whichever holiday you celebrate––Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Winter Solstice, Las Posadas, Diwali, The Chinese New Year, or any other day of celebration and gift-giving––it’s important that the presents we buy not only benefit our loved ones but benefit the environment as well.
Gardens yield all sorts of recreational and health benefits, and garden-lovers know that it takes a variety of tools to create the perfect landscape. Below are a few of our favorite gift picks to help make your gift-recipients gardens (both outdoor AND indoor) as beautiful and sustainable as possible!
GARDENING GIFT #1: BATBNB BAT HOUSE
WHY PUT UP A BAT HOUSE?
A wonderful gift for any animal lover is a bat house. Bats are the world’s greatest form of natural pest control; Bats consume a vast number of night flying, crop-harming insects such as cucumber beetles, leafhoppers, armyworm moths, and even mosquitoes when they are available! According to Dr. Merlin Tuttle, a colony of “just 150 big brown bats can eat enough cucumber beetles in a single summer to prevent them from laying 33 million eggs that hatch into rootworms, a devastating crop pest.” Many bat species are also important pollinators and seed dispersers: we wouldn't have bananas, mangoes, peaches, cashews, guava, dates, or even tequila without bats! Not only are bats excellent pest controllers & pollinators, but the remains of their meals become an excellent source of fertilizer that can be used in your garden to help plants thrive.
Whether you want to give a gift that encourages the removal of pesky insects, that delivers beneficial nutrients to your plants, or that provides a sanctuary for these important and misunderstood mammals, buying a bat house for the holidays this year is a wonderful way to give joy to those in your life who love animals and the environment.
FINDING THE PERFECT BAT HOUSE
All BatBnBs are approved by bat expert, Dr. Merlin Tuttle, to meet bat’s needs. BatBnBs are made from sustainably sourced Western Red Cedar and are handcrafted in the USA. There are a range of BatBnB designs so that you can choose the style that suits your home and garden.
WHO IS A SINGLE-CHAMBER BAT HOUSE GOOD FOR?
First-time bat house owners, those who have a small to medium-sized property, or those who prefer to house a smaller colony of bats.
WHO IS A DUAL-CHAMBER BAT HOUSE GOOD FOR?
For experienced bat house owners, those who want to provide a home particularly for nursery bat colonies, or who want a medium level of pest control.
WHO IS THE MAMMOTH BAT HOUSE GOOD FOR?
Those who have a large bat colony in the area or those who have a huge mosquito problem. The Mammoth BatBnB can comfortably house up to 240 bats.
You can also get creative with your bat house––painting them based on the recommended painting guide can help your bat house retain more heat, making them not only more appealing to bats but to passersby as well. You can let your imagination inspire you as they can be a blank canvas for your own colors and designs!
GARDENING GIFT #2: THE GARDYN
The Gardyn home garden kit is a revolutionary home gardening system that brings fresh produce, herbs, and flowers right into your home. With subscription-based seed refill plans available, the Gardyn is an eco-friendly and sustainable option for innovative and space-saving gardening.
WHO IS THE GARDYN GOOD FOR?
Those with a high budget and who are buying for someone who lives in an urban area, a small apartment, or a home with little to no outdoor gardening space.
GARDENING GIFT #3: HEXAGONAL RAISED POLLINATOR GARDEN BEDS
These hexagonal raised pollinator garden beds make a beautiful addition to anyone’s outdoor garden. Each garden bed is made from long-lasting natural cedar while their hexagonal shape make them perfect for unique stacking and designing. Each garden bed also comes with specific gardening instructions on how to create the perfectly balanced garden to attract the maximum amount of pollinators!
WHO IS THE HEXAGONAL RAISED POLLINATOR GARDEN BED GOOD FOR?
Those who have a high-medium sized budget and are gifting to those who love outdoor gardening, are just beginning a new garden, or who want to create the right garden to attract and feed local pollinators.
GARDENING GIFT #4: HOME WORM BIN
Seasoned gardeners know that soil health is vital for a thriving garden, and one of the best ways to create healthy soil is with worms! This Worm Factory works with earthworms and the compost from your home to create healthy, thriving soil.
WHO IS THE WORM FACTORY WORM BIN GOOD FOR?
Those with a medium-high budget who are gifting to gardeners with plenty of outdoor space who are looking for a way to increase the health and vitality of their soil.
GARDENING GIFT #5: 12-POCKET OUTDOOR VERTICAL LIVING WALL PLANTER
These simplistic yet innovative wall planters are a wonderful way to utilize your space to add more greenery into your life! These vertical planters are made from recycled PET plastic, and can hold up to twelve different kinds of plants.
WHO ARE THESE 12-POCKET VERTICAL WALL PLANTERS GOOD FOR?
Those with a low-medium sized budget who are buying for someone who may have little to no gardening space outside or who just want to expand their existing garden while still saving space.
GARDENING GIFT #6: POP-UP BIRD NETTING
Most gardeners know that the number one problem with trying to keep a healthy garden is keeping away pests and curious or hungry critters. This small pop-up bird netting is a wonderful tool that will keep your plants safe from munching mammals and insects without using chemicals like pesticides that are harmful to other local wildlife!
WHO IS THE POP-UP BIRD NETTING GOOD FOR?
Someone with a low budget who is searching for a gift for a gardener looking for an eco-friendly and sustainable way to protect their garden from pests and wildlife that will eat or damage their plants.
GARDENING GIFT #7: WOODEN HERB MARKERS
These wooden herb markers from WoodnSparksCo (etsy) are an absolutely adorable addition to anyone’s herb or vegetable garden. Handmade with all-natural wood, there are markers for almost any kind plant, herb, or flower. If you don’t see the plant you’re looking for, you can also have one custom made!
WHO ARE THESE WOODEN HERB MARKERS GOOD FOR?
Those with a low budget who are looking for a gift for someone who loves gardening both indoors and outdoors. These wooden markers are small, inexpensive, and would make the perfect stocking stuffers for those with a green thumb in your life!
We hope this gardening gift guide helps make your shopping a little easier! For more information on bat houses and how they can help protect the environment, visit BatBnB.com.