Recycling and your Garden

We all know most of the conventional methods of recycling, but what if you don’t want to send your recyclable items off to a recycling plant? The garden is an excellent place to make use of some common, recyclable waste.

Here are some ideas to get you going;

Plastic drinks bottles

Cut the bottom off your used plastic drinks bottles, and you instantly have some excellent small cloches, place them over plants to keep them sheltered from the elements until they are established enough to survive unprotected. You can even adjust the ventilation by unscrewing or screwing the lid.

Empty Milk Cartons

Wash out your old milk cartons and then cut then at a roughly 45 degree angle, being sure to keep the handle attached. You now have a scoop perfect for compost and loose soil, ideal for filling pots and seeding trays.

Egg boxes

The cardboard version of egg cartons make excellent trays for chitting potatoes – keeping them all in the same position whilst they sprout. They are also excellent for starting off small seeds – each individual section can hold a different type of seed if required.

Toilet roll / Kitchen Roll tubes

Toilet roll tubes, or cut in half Kitchen roll tubes are perfect for starting off small seeds that require deep rooting, such as sweet peas, peas and carrots. Fill the tubes with compost and sow the seeds in the top. Once the seed is well enough established, plant the entire tube in the ground outside in your vegetable patch or other location, and the tube will naturally decompose – Simple!

Scratched, or just unwanted CDs

Hanging up CDs from strings around your seeds can make excellent bird scarers, the sun reflecting from the discs are excellent at keeping your seeds safe from those pesky birds.

Of course, the best way to reduce waste and the amount of required recycling is to future proof – for example your garden paving, we all like to save money but if we go out and buy something which will only last a few years, we’ll soon be filling the landfills with rubble and unwanted paving slabs, the best way to avoid this is to choose your paving wisely, and make sure you select a reputable paving contractor.

There are many paving companies to choose from, so checking out reviews and taking recommendations is an excellent way to choose. Did you know you can also use reclaimed paving – paving which has been used elsewhere, is still in good condition, but is no longer required for its original purpose?

The same can be said for garden sheds, and even greenhouses – check out your local selling pages, or even Freecycle groups to see if you can pick up a bargain before splashing out for a brand new garden shed.

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