Grow, Make, nature

30 Days Wild: Bring the Outdoors In

I’m not always able to leave the house but indoor gardening means I can still enjoy nature when I’m stuck at home. I mix cuttings that fall from plants with seeds and herb cuttings I’ve taken to have a constant supply of kitchen herbs and a pretty garden. Fake houses, painted rocks, shells and elves […]

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Grow, nature

30 Days Wild: Grow

Growing your own salad can cut shopping bills and reduce waste. Lettuce windowboxes and tomatoes in tubs are great if you have limited space, and a well stocked herb windowbox can make cooking on a budget more enjoyable. It’s not too late to start. Scatter dried peas in a container for delicious pea shoots; sow […]

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Eat, Grow

Why Waste?

Tonnes of food are wasted every year – £13bn worth in the UK in 2015. With shopping bills getting pricier and landfill getting fuller, reducing food waste makes sense. The food-themed Upcycle Your Life event in May provided numerous ideas for reducing waste. The Utilise Cafe made use of food that would otherwise have been […]

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Gift, Grow, Make, nature

Waste Less, Grow More

As spring approaches, the garden starts to wake up. Bulbs are pushing their way through the soil, early daffodils are emerging to join the early crocus and late snowdrops, and sowing time is here for many crops. Gardening needn’t be costly, or take up lots of space. You can make a herb garden out of […]

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Art, Eat, Grow, Make

Waste Less, Make More

Last weekend, Upcycle Your Life at Fearon Hall in Loughborough helped spread the word about reducing waste with a fun morning of crafts and activities. Transition Loughborough sold seed potatoes and brought seeds to swap, sharing the secret of origami seed packs too. Get along to the allotment after 5pm on 21st March for the start […]

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Eat, Grow, Make

Upcycle Your Life

Do you want to freshen your home for spring? Short on money? Come along to Upcycle Your Life from 10am until noon on Saturday 24th February at Fearon Hall, Loughborough. Bring seeds and seedlings to swap with Transition Loughborough. Learn how to use common household items to make your own eco cleaning products.  Admire Muto’s […]

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Grow, nature

Brighter Days

As the days lighten, the first flowers start to emerge. The snowdrops have been joined by the first crocus blooms, if not quite open yet. Seeing snowdrops reminds me of a lovely friend who sadly died last year. As I walked into his funeral, I saw the first snowdrop of last year pushing through the […]

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