How green does your garden grow?

Summer’s here and it’s the perfect time to tend your garden, allotment, or window box. Here are our top tips on how you can reduce, reuse and recycle in your outdoor space.

Plants will grow in almost anything, so get creative! You can grow herbs in yoghurt pots or teapots. An old tyre makes the perfect home for bedding plants or vegetables. Reuse unusual objects as planters – like these wellies! – and create an interesting feature in your garden.

Flowers planted in a pair of wellies
If you’ve got green fingers, you can grow your own fruit and vegetables. Summer salad ingredients such as lettuce, tomatoes, herbs and spinach are all quite quick and easy to grow and if you grow your own you don’t have to worry about the impact of food miles and plastic packaging. And there’s no need to spend a fortune on specialist equipment either – plastic bottles can be used as mini ‘greenhouses’ to encourage young plants to grow.

Plastic bottles covering small plants in the garden

Use waste water on your plants. If you have room, set up a water butt to collect rainwater which can then be used on the garden. Or simply recycle your dishwater to water your plants with – it doesn’t harm them, it gives them extra nourishment!

Start your own compost heap. You can either buy a compost bin from a DIY store or build your own compost heap. There’s lots more information about composting on our website and we are offering our remaining stock of Green Cone food digesters for free, so contact us if you would like one. If you’re interested in composting but don’t know where to start, look out for a series of blog posts over the next couple of weeks with more information about how to create a healthy compost heap.

Woman putting garden waste into compost bin
Recycle your garden waste in a brown bin if the service is offered where you live. Find out more about the kerbside garden waste recycling service, or contact us to order a brown bin. If you’ve got one already, you can check the collection day here. Your brown bin can also be used to recycle food, If brown bin collections are not offered in your area, then garden waste can be recycled at any of Aberdeen’s Household Waste Recycling Centres.

Raid your recycling container and feed the birds. Plastic bottles and yoghurt pots can be made into bird feeders. This would be a good activity for kids to do over the summer holidays. The RSPB has step-by step instructions on how to make a plastic bottle into a bird feeder, or how about making one of these creative bird feeders? Or, if you want to go one better, you could make the birds a new house, like this one from a hard hat.

Hard Hat made into a bird house
If it’s broken, fix it! If you have the skills, or know someone who does, repair any broken lawnmowers, strimmers and hedge cutters rather than buying new ones. If you’re not sure where to start, there are lots of useful links on the Restart Project website. However, if your garden equipment is truly beyond repair remember that electrical items can be recycled at any of the Household Waste Recycling Centres.

If you’ve got any more green gardening tips, we’d love to hear them in the comments.

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