Spring Garden: Get Your Green Fingers Ready!

Spring is in the air! Daffodils, bluebells and snow drops are flowering all across Aberdeen City. It’s the time of year when we start heading outside in the sunshine (long may it last) and buying some plants and flowers for our gardens and window sills. But don’t drag your kids around Garden Centres to buy…

Bird Nesting Boxes on Garden Fence

Building a bird nest box from recycled wood

Hi everyone, David in the recycling team here. This weekend, 30/31 January, the RSPB will be running their Big Garden Birdwatch. There will be lots of events taking place across the country to encourage people to take part and count the birds in their garden. You can sign up at the above link and can take…


Keep your bin safe on Bonfire Night!

Hi there, Tanita here! Soon, people all over Aberdeen will be warming their hands on the glow of a bonfire and setting their sparkles alight to dazzle and daze. However, the 5th of November is not an excuse to get rid of unwanted items or waste materials on the bonfire. Burning some items such as…

Tiger worms on compost heap

Dig in!

Hi again, Martina here. Welcome back for the third and final post on cutting waste by home composting. This week, we’ll look at how to know when your compost is ready to be dug into your garden and also how to troubleshoot problems, should any arise. Predicting when your compost will be finished is a…


The Compost Diet

This week let’s look at what materials to put in your compost bin and how they’ll break down to make finished compost. If you missed the first post in our composting series, catch up here. Your compost bin has simple needs for a balanced diet: 50% green (or wet) materials and 50% brown (or dry)…

Wooden Compost Bin

Composting for Beginners: Part 1

Hello to everyone in blog-land! I’m Martina and I’m part of the recycling team here at Aberdeen City Council. With the unusually balmy temperatures in Aberdeen recently, I’ve had my mind on all things outdoors. So I decided it would be timely to do a series of posts on cutting waste by home composting. A…

Flowers planted in a pair of wellies

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…