There are plenty of great Mother’s Day Gift Ideas using produce you’ve grown in your polytunnel or fruit cages. No matter what you grow, there are plenty of ways to show your own mum, or the mother of your children how much you care. You don’t have to buy much or spend a fortune – when you grow your own, you should always have at least some fresh, seasonal ingredients at your disposal.
You can use those ingredients to make a range of thoughtful, home-made gifts. Here are some top Mother’s Day gift suggestions – based on what might be available from your polytunnel or elsewhere in your garden at this time of year:
Home-made jam can often be an excellent gift. Of course, the recipe you choose will depend on the tastes of the lady in question, and on what you are currently growing and have grown. Rhubarb is one great seasonal ingredient available at this time of year. But you could also use fruit that you froze after growing it in your polytunnel or garden last year.
Jam Biscuits or Jam Tarts
You could also consider going one stage further, and using the jam you have made in a range of sweet treats. For example, you could make some jammy dodgers, or other jam biscuits. You could make some charmingly old-fashioned jam tarts. Or you could bake jam into a range of biscuits, cookies or muffins to package pleasingly and give as a Mother’s Day gift.
A Mother’s Day Cake
You could also use jam as a filling in a classic cake like a Victoria sponge. But polytunnel produce could also be used in other ways in a range of cake recipes. For example, you could use root crops like carrots or beetroot to make a carrot cake or beetroot cake. You could also add seeds from polytunnel plants like sunflowers in your recipes. Finally, you could top your cake with fresh fruit (or rhubarb), or colour icing with natural fruit and vegetable dyes. Using polytunnel produce, there are plenty of ways to make a stop-stopping Mother’s Day cake fit for a queen.
Vegetable Crisps & Home-Made Chutney
If your mother, or the mother of your children does not have a sweet tooth, there are also a number of home-made savoury Mother’s Day gift ideas to consider. For example, how about making some varied vegetable crisps and gifting these alongside a jar of home-made chutney and perhaps some nice cheeses?
Home-Made Fruit Truffles or Sweets
Seasonal or frozen fruits and berries can also be used to make a range of different truffles, bonbons or boiled sweets. You will find a wide range of recipes out there to choose from. Though some are more complex than the ideas mentioned above, taking the time to make something like this that takes a little more time and effort can really show how much you appreciate her efforts throughout the year.
Potato Stamp Mother’s Day Cards, Gift Wrapping and Art
Whatever you choose to make, packaging and gift wrapping it nicely can make all the difference. One interesting way to use old potatoes that may be less than perfect after winter storage is to turn them into potato stamps. These stamps can be used to make mother’s day cards, gift wrapping and all sorts of other art. Make stamps and this could be a fun way to get your kids to make something nice for their mum. You may even be able to make your own paint or dye using natural materials from your garden.
Full Home Grown Mother’s Day Meal
Finally, it is important to remember that spending time together is often far more important than giving gifts. Give the gift of your time and make memories with your mum this Mother’s Day by inviting her round for a full, home-grown, home-cooked, meal.
Seasonal ingredients can give you plenty of options, whether you eat meat, are vegetarian or vegan.The more ingredients you have grown yourself in your polytunnel, the more sustainable, meaningful and personal your Mother’s Day meal will be.
Are you making something for your mother using polytunnel produce this year? Let us know n the comments below.
Elizabeth Waddington is a writer and green living consultant living in Scotland. Permaculture and sustainability are at the heart of everything she does, from designing gardens and farms around the world, to inspiring and facilitating positive change for small companies and individuals.
She also works on her own property, where she grows fruit and vegetables, keeps chickens and is working on the eco-renovation of an old stone barn.