|Courtesy of Empty Common Garden's blog|
I like to think I believe in the Rs of recycling: Retrieve, reinvent, reuse (first mentioned here in this Community Garden Blog). In this instance I am not retrieving from a river but from the blue bin. I have been recycling:
- plastic fruit punnets to use as cloches on pots in the greenhouse, also soda bottles cut in half as ground cloches
- plastic packaging to pick up cat poos in the garden
- toilet rolls to make planters (just stand on a plastic tray)
- small plastic containers to store seeds
- ice cream wooden sticks to label plants (you can write on them with a pencil) and chopsticks saved from sushi restaurant visits (you can write on top fat bit)....
- re-using teabags and coffee grounds as mulch
- keep nut shells to scatter in raised bed as they deter snails
- oranges' and lemons' netting could protect a small plant from pigeons
- use grass cuttings to deter weeds
- use moss growing among my grass to line hanging baskets as it keeps moisture
- keep stones I find when digging up in the ground to hold moisture for potted plants
- use raspberry and blackcurrant leaves for making tea
- Encourage mint plants so I can use their leaves fresh or dried to make tea
- Use nettles in compost bin to encourage compost making (and wee if I can pee in a pot - as shown on Gardeners' World not long ago)
- Keep the pond clean as frogs are saving me a fortune in slug pellets
More ideas to come! Happy gardening.... Here is a cute idea from Charlotte, who is the Empty Common Garden's Coordinator.... More ideas are on that blog.
Posted by Simone Castello at 5:20 pm
|Michela helped Charlotte build a bug hotel using recycled materials. |
Find out how here
|Decorating biscuits is a popular party activity for kids. This is|
marvellous creation by an 8 year old girl
|The Botanic Garden in Cambridge has activity drop-ins once|
a month. This mini dry garden is very pretty
Posted by Simone Castello at 7:57 pm
I have been thinking of ways I use/re-use things and here are a few off the top of my head:
- using the previous day's boiled water from my kettle for ironing and watering plants (my kettle has a scale blocker by the pourer)
- buying socks in similar colour/style so I always have a spare when one develops a hole. Plus an old, clean sock is handy to clean shoes and apply shoe cream
- using an old toothbrush to clean between tiles and hard-to-reach areas
- using baby wipes on burned grease on my cooker (best done after you have used the oven so it's warm)
- using lighter fluid to take off sticky marks (like price stickers or sticky brown tape marks).
Feel free to contribute....
Posted by Simone Castello at 1:19 pm
Here is a selection of crafting and baking projects featured on this blog since its start in February 2005. The last picture features Pandan cupcakes, which I made adapting this recipe from Youtube.
|Cosy hat and cape for my baby daughter|
Posted by Simone Castello at 10:05 am