Month: March 2020

Dispose of cooking fat correctly

With the kids at home, now is a great time for them to learn how to cook, and clean up the mess afterward, too!

We’re all human and can be lazy when it comes to disposing of our cooking fats. According to Water UK, water and sewerage companies in the UK respond to approximately 366,000 sewer blockages every year and in some parts of the country three-quarters of these are caused by fats, oils and grease.

By simply decanting cooking fats, grease and oils into small containers, you are allowing them to cool and solidify, enabling them to be placed in to the main rubbish bins in your home.

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Reducing my carbon footprint

I decided to try and cut down on my carbon footprint by growing my own food. I started with red peppers and now im trying an avocado tree!

If you want to try too, here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Take note of the top and bottom of the avocado seed – this will be vital for the growing process
  2. Wash the seed to remove any avocado residue
  3. Peel the outer shell off as this will prevent the roots and flower sprouting
  4. one third of the way down, pierce the seed, at a downward angle, with 3 cocktail sticks. (Birthday candles work just as well as you can see in my picture!)
  5. Place on top of a clear glass or plastic cup so you can see when it starts to sprout
  6. Fill the cup with water until at least half of the seed is covered.
  7. Place on your windowsill

Now its a waiting game to see when your roots start to grow – good luck!

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Create a log pile in your garden to attract insects and other animals

You can encourage all sorts of animals to your garden by creating log piles. From insects, birds, beetles, frogs and even hedgehogs, you’ll create an animal haven.

Here’s how:
– Find a quiet spot in your garden
– Stack the logs on top of each other
– To ensure they don’t fall, place a stake in the ground on either side
– Keep topping your log pile up as the lower logs begin to rot down

Tip: Try to bury the bottom logs slightly below the soil surface as this will create different hiding places for many insects.

If you have a trail camera, try popping it down next to your pile and see what visitors you have.
For more tips click here!

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Milk delivery & yoghurt making

I never buy plastic milk bottles or plastic yoghurt pots because I have a regular milk delivery in reusable glass bottles. I then make my own yoghurt from the milk in a thermos flask and store it in glass jars. I never need to buy yoghurt in plastic pots because each new batch is started using yoghurt from the previous batch. I flavour it with tinned fruit. Simples!

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Create a DIY Bird Bath

It’s super easy to make a bird bath that’s safe and accessible for the birds that visit your garden. Simply find something that is shallow, has sloping sides, is as wide as possible and has a maximum depth of 10cm. An old dustbin lid or large shallow plant saucer are both good options.

Once you’ve found your bath, follow the easy steps below:
– Choose where you want to place your bird bath – Make the surface nice a level so the bath won’t tip over
– Place your chosen bath on to the surface and fill with stones, pebbles, large marbles etc. This is to stop the bird getting completely soaked through or stuck.
– Finally fill the it with water and hey presto!

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