Art, Eat, Gift, Grow, Make

Upcycle Your Life: Home and Wedding Celebrations

On August 25th, head to Fearon Hall, Loughborough for the sixth Upcycle Your Life. This month, Upcycle Your Life has a home and wedding theme, to help you enhance your home and have a bargain wedding (or other kind of love celebration). Learn how to make your own bouquets, corsages, handfasting ribbons and wedding favours. Discover recipes […]

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Eat, Grow, Make, nature

Ease into Autumn

It may seem early to mention the A word, particularly when glorious sun and blue skies are a recent memory, but the hedgerows are heralding the change of seasons. Rather than resisting, embrace nature’s bounty and it will make the slide towards darkness a lot less bleak. Make Cake Cake is an easy way to […]

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Eat, Grow, nature

Get Gardening

The weekend is the ideal time to get gardening, if you don’t have to work. It combines the joys of choosing plants, whether from a garden centre, fete or seedling swap; breathing in depression- fighting bacteria in soil; exercising most of your body; and helping wildlife. You don’t need a garden to start gardening. If […]

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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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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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