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Archive for January, 2011

The 29th and 30th January is the Big Garden Birdwatch organised by the RSPB.  A shortage of nesting sites often limits the number of birds that live in a garden, and by providing nest boxes, bird numbers will increase.

Now is the time to clean out and renew nest boxes as in around a month, birds will be looking for a home for the family.  There are lots of nest boxes on the market, click here for our favourites.

Open Birch Log Nest Box – £10.21
Birch Log Hole Nest Box – £11

We also love this superior quality Tawny Owl Nest Box .  Designed perfectly for tawny owls and beautifully constructed it will last for many years.

 

Tawny Owl Nest Box - £77

And for the highly sociable, ever declining House Sparrow, these lovely wooden House Sparrow Terraces are brilliant!

Timber House Sparrow Terrace - £29.99

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Many thanks to everyone who entered our autumn competition back in November.  We had so many beautiful entries, judging it was a real challenge. 

But after much deliberation the winner of the School Competition was Oak Wood Secondary School in Nuneaton for their lovely collage.  The pupils made it using photographs of autumn taken in the school grounds.  Congratulations to everyone who took part.  Your  prizes are on the way.

The Family Competition was won by Jack Bruton (aged 12) for his fab funny autumn poem.  It made us all smile and is here for you to enjoy.

It’s Autumn and the snails abound
They love the damp leaves to hide around
Look in the hedge and under pots
Not just one but lots and lots!

Well done Jack – your prizes will be with you in the next few days.

…And if you would like to enter our latest round of competitions click here for Schools and here for Families.  We have some great gardening prizes to be won.

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Watching spring unfold before our eyes is a magical experience to share with children.  It can also nurture a real love for learning about the natural environment.  

For our latest competitions we would like you to watch for signs of spring where you are. 

…And record what you see in any way you like, a few written notes, drawings, photographs … the choice is yours.

What ever you decide to do, make sure your entry reaches us by 28 February 2011.   The competition has two categories to enter – one for schools and one for families.

Our favourite entries will appear here on the website and the very best school or nursery school will win a copy or the brilliant book Grow It Eat It, a Raised Bed Triple Module Starter Kit and a selection of seeds to get you started!

The best of the bunch amongst the family entries will win one of the brilliant Grobox gardens in a Box, a Mini Raised Bed Single Starter Kit, a stainless steel and solid wood Children’s Hand Trowel and a pair of Kids Gardening Gloves.

All the details of how to enter can be found here for Families and here for Schools.

Good luck and happy spring watching!

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After the over-indulgence that often happens over Christmas, it’s good to move into the new year with thoughts of recycling and cutting down on our waste production.  

With the Bokashi Bucket, every time you have scraps to throw, be it meat, fish or vegetable, just open the lid and drop them in the Bokashi Bucket along with a ‘sprinkling’ of the Bokashi Bran and re-seal the lid.  …And by using the Effective Micro-organisms in the bran there will be no smells to worry about!

When the bucket is full, leave for two weeks with the lid sealed and then either dig the resultant Bokashi into the garden or add to your compost heap. As the Bokashi is ‘composting’ in the Bokashi bucket, a nutrient rich liquor is produced and this can be collected every couple of days using the tap on the bucket.  Dilute the liquor with water at 1:100 and use as plant feed throughout the home and garden.

We recommend the purchase of two Bokashi buckets, so that when one is full and ‘composting’, you have a spare to start filling – there is a considerable saving if you purchase two buckets at the same time.

For all your recycling needs visit www.recycleworks.co.uk.

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