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Next week (17-23 May) is Recycle Week.

We are all aware that recycling is very important to the environment, I am sure that many people recycle items of their rubbish in their weekly collections, but could we do more? Can we recycle our waste and benefit our garden?

 Twin Bin Composter from The Recycle Works

Green Waste

Millions of tonnes of green garden waste are produced each year, don’t throw it away it contains valuable nutrients. Set up a compost bin to collect and transform your garden waste (grass, prunings, leaves, weeds etc) into wonderful home-made compost which can be used to grow flowers/vegetables, as a soil improver or as a mulch.  Teabags, Cardboard, Newspaper and Fruit and Vegetable peelings can all be added to the compost bin too.

 Twin Bokashi Bucket System

Food Waste

Cooked food waste including meat, fish and vegetables is usually thrown away but can be recycled in a Bokashi Compost Bucket using EM’s – Effective Microrganisms without the fear of smells. Simply place your scraps into the bucket with a sprinkling of Bokashi Bran and re-seal the lid, when your bucket is full leave for two weeks keeping the lid sealed and either dig the contents into the garden or add to your compost bin. Whilst the compost is maturing a nutrient rich liquid is produced, dilute this with water 1:100 and use as a plant feed in the home or garden.

Harcoster Rain Diverter


Gardens can be very ‘thirsty’ especially during warm weather to reduce the amount of tap water you use collect rainwater from your down pipes with a rain diverter and store in water butts.

Paper Potter

Biodegradable pots

Why not make your own pots out of newspaper using a Paper Potter they are very easy to make and great fun for children to do. Egg boxes are great for filling with compost and sowing seeds in, cardboard rolls and toilet roll tubes are perfect for sweet peas, peas and beans as they provide a deeper root run, keep the containers continually moist to allow the roots to penetrate, once planted they will rot down.

 Love Your Environment shopping bag

Shopping Bags

We as a nation use far too many plastic bags, millions go into landfill sites and thousands more become nuisance litter in our countryside, towns and even our seas, looking unsightly and becoming a danger to our precious wildlife. Invest in a reusable shopping bag that will last for years, helping the environment and if it’s a Fair-trade one it helps farmers and workers in developing countries too, it’s a good idea to keep one by the front door as well as a couple in the car.

 PIR Solar Utility Light

Solar Power

Save electricity by recycling the suns energy with solar powered lights which are bright enough to use inside your shed or greenhouse and to light up your garden and feature plants.

Odd Socks!!!

Ever wondered what to do with all those odd socks, if you collect rainwater direct from your greenhouse or shed roof pop one of them on the end of the down pipe to collect the dust and debris keeping the water clean, replace when required!

Reducing And Recycling Waste In Schools

If you have got the recycling bug and want to do more there are many good books on the subject including Recycle – The Essential Guide and Reducing and Recycling Waste in Schools.

Love your environment – reduce, reuse and recycle


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Have fun during this festive time of year …and learn a little along the way, with our Christmas Quiz.  Open to both schools and families, there are 10 questions to get your teeth into.  …And this time around the competition won’t close until 9 January 2011 – to give you all a bit longer to reply during this busy time of year. 

The first correct entry out of the hat will win a great selection of windowsill gardening goodies. These will be perfect for getting your growing season started in the new year.  Included are a paper potter, two non electric propagators, two childrens hand trowels, two sets of kids gardening gloves and a kids watering can!

So here are the questions:

  1. What saint is another name for Father Christmas?
  2. Can you name a vegetable that is in season at Christmas time?
  3. True or false – candles were used to decorate Christmas trees before electric lights were invented?  (but don’t try that at home!)
  4. What did my true love send to me on the 12th day of Christmas?
  5. Mistletoe is a hemi-parasitic plant – do you know what that means?
  6. Name 3 things you can find on a nature walk that can be used to decorate the house over christmas
  7. Advent is used to describe the 24 days leading to Christmas, but do you know what the meaning of advent is in Latin?
  8. True or false – in Victorian times mince pies contained beef and spices
  9. Can you name one of the first garden flowers of the new year
  10. What is your favourite thing about Christmas?

Email your answers to competitions@gardeningwithchildren.co.uk or send in the post to Gardening With Children December Competition, Unit 1, Bee Mill, Ribchester, PR3 3XJ.

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Every other week, here at Gardening With Children we write and email out our LetterBox Newsletter.  It is packed full of Seasonal Gardening Tips, Activity Ideas, Competitions and News.  If you would like to receive your own copy just email charlotte@gardeningwithchildren.co.uk.

For this week’s competition, the last Sunday before the start of Advent is called “Stir-up Sunday, but do you know why?  Please send your answers to charlotte@gardeningwithchildren.co.uk by 4th Dec, and the first correct entry out of the hat will win this beautifully made wooden Paper Potter

Children and adults alike love to use the Paper Potter to make plant pots from old newspapers. When seedlings are ready to plant out they can be transplanted in their biodegradable paper pot!

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