Food for thought

Recycle Now is encouraging people to put their compost to good use during this year’s Compost Awareness Week, from 3 to 9 May. The initiative aims to get people growing their own fruit and veg as well as composting at home, both great ways to be green and save money. There are events and activities happening throughout the week. For tips on home composting, growing your own and being a greener gardener, see our readers' queries on right.

Let's waste less

Bin

The theme for this year's Recycle Week, which runs 22-28 June, is Let’s Waste Less.

By recycling everyday items such as glass and plastic bottles we can all do our bit to help reduce the amount of waste we send
to landfill.

And this year, Recycle Now is encouraging people to try something new in their efforts to go greener and cut back on the waste we all produce. So whether this is recycling electricals for the first time or getting to grips with labelling food for the fridge or freezer, there will be lots of events and activities taking place throughout the week with tips for everyone on how to go about it.

Recycle Bags

To find out how you can get involved, visit www.recyclenow.com.

Two-section stainless steel recycling bin, £29·99; simple three-part recycling unit, £6


Garden Festival

Tesco garden - Grow your own

From 20 May to 3 June Tesco is launching its Garden Festival in stores across the UK. Look out for the new Grow Your Own range which includes tomato plants, from 50p, pepper plants, £1·50, and strawberry plants, £3, as well as hanging baskets, £5, and 20 bedding plants for £3. Now there's no excuse for not putting your green fingers to the test.

Planter Box

Q&A

Alice Harlock from Recycle Now answers your composting questions:

What are the benefits of composting?

By composting at home you can help reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill. When waste is composted above ground it doesn’t produce methane,
which is good news for the ozone layer and the planet. And compost improves your soil’s condition so plants and
flowers will love it.

I’ve never grown fruit or veg before. Which are the easiest ones to start
out with?

Potatoes, runner beans and courgettes are ideal as they grow quickly and produce good crops. Most fruit bushes and trees take a few years to establish, so start with strawberry plants as they’re easy to grow.

If I want to try composting at home, what’s the best type of compost bin to use?

Any sort of compost bin will do, it depends on how much space you have and what you like. Compost bins work best when they’re placed on bare soil. You should also put the bin in a sunny or partially shady spot. Without the sun it will take longer to make compost.

I don’t have a garden. Can I still grow my own veg?

All you need is a sunny windowsill or window box to grow your own salad leaves. It’s also very easy and economical to grow herbs, such as basil or mint, to add to your meals.

For tips on home composting, growing your own and being a greener gardener, visit compostawarenessweek.org.uk.

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