Hydroponics – the perfect winter gift for geeky gardeners. TIP 5/7 Series 2

It’s too late\early in the year to be planting much outside, but if you know any geeky gardeners you might want to get them a hydroponics kit for Christmas. No mud but lots of horticultural thrills.

Hydroponics is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil, or sometimes in an inert medium like perlite or gravel. It offers plenty of opportunities for messing around with intriguing components and, hopefully, producing something edible or beautiful, or both.  Fresh tomatoes in the middle of winter, anyone?

forestfox Indoor Micro Grow Light Garden Plant Propagator Hydroponics Kit All Year Growth £43.99*
Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Harvest £94.90*
Hydroponics Basics, by George F. Van Patten. £4.99*

* Price at time of going to press

This is one of a series of tips I’m posting every Tuesday for the next few weeks, highlighting Christmas gifts and activities which promote digital wellbeing. There are gifts you can enjoy making yourself, as part of your own tech/nature practice, and gifts to buy for the geeky people in your life.

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Nature and Wellbeing in the Digital AgeBuying for geeky friends or family? Here’s the perfect fireside read:  Nature and Wellbeing in the Digital Age: how to feel better without logging off.

Create nature views with pictures, screens and plants. Tip 4/7 Series 2

If you have no windows in your room or workspace, try creating faux nature views with pictures, screens and plants. There’s evidence that these kinds of images can reduce stress.

You might think about this when choosing gifts for people who could use some biophilic downtime but have poor views from their windows or find it hard to get outdoors.  Perhaps they’d appreciate a painting or a photograph – maybe even a framed photo you’ve taken yourself or one of your own paintings or drawings. Or you might enjoy compiling a personalised playlist of much-loved landscapes and load it into a digital photo frame.

faux views

This is one of a series of tips I’m posting every Tuesday for the next few weeks, highlighting Christmas gifts and activities which promote digital wellbeing. There are gifts you can enjoy making yourself, as part of your own tech/nature practice, and gifts to buy for the geeky people in your life.

Check back on Tuesday for the next tip. To make sure you don’t miss out, join my mailing list.

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Nature and Wellbeing in the Digital AgeBuying for geeky friends or family? Here’s the perfect fireside read:  Nature and Wellbeing in the Digital Age: how to feel better without logging off.

Use stone for interior biophilic design TIP 3/7 Series 2

Big corporations are investing huge amounts in biophilic workplaces featuring natural materials like plants, stones, wood, and water. Look out for walls festooned with hanging planters, indoor waterfalls, and stony zen gardens. Companies aren’t doing this because it’s cosy, but because there’s increasing evidence that biophilic workplaces make employees happier and therefore more productive.

Take a leaf from their book, and think about how you could do the same in your own home or office.  You may even have biophilic items already. Look around your room. Are there any fossils, bought as a holiday memento and stashed away on a shelf? Any carved stone ornaments?  What do you have in the way of natural materials? Can they be re-organised in a more biophilic arrangement? Placed close to where you sit, so they can be idly picked up and examined now and again?

Biophilic arrangement on my windowsill

This is one of a series of tips I’m posting every Tuesday for the next few weeks, highlighting Christmas gifts and activities which promote digital wellbeing. There are gifts you can enjoy making yourself, as part of your own tech/nature practice, and gifts to buy for the geeky people in your life.

Check back on Tuesday for the next tip. To make sure you don’t miss out, join my mailing list.

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Nature and Wellbeing in the Digital AgeBuying for geeky friends or family? Here’s the perfect fireside read:  Nature and Wellbeing in the Digital Age: how to feel better without logging off.

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