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Make use of your kitchen food waste bin

Your food waste bin can become your compost starter. Food scraps including veg peel, egg shells, greens and even hair, can be put in there to make a base for your larger outside compost mound.

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Create your very own butterfly feeder

Butterflies love to eat all types of fruit and we’ve got a simple way create a great feeder.
You can use almost anything as a platform for your butterfly feeder, from a plastic or paper plate, to an upturned terracotta pot. Using string, hang them from a tree or place them on the floor and fill with nectar, fruit pieces or flowers.

Here’s a handy link with loads of great butterfly facts and ideas: www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/how-to-make-simple-butterfly-feeder.html

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Sow pumpkin seeds for Halloween

Why not try growing your very own pumpkin for halloween this year?!

Spring is the perfect time of year to sow your pumpkin seeds.Follow the steps below:

  1. Place the seeds on their side, 1cm deep, in a 8cm pot of compost.
  2. Keep the compost well watered and in a sunny spot.
  3. In May, move your seedlings in to a colder spot, ready for moving outside.
  4. After a week, plant your seedlings outside.
  5. Make sure you water regularly. Try cutting the bottom off of a used plastic bottle and place upside down, lid removed, in to the soil next to the plant. This will allow the water to reach the roots.
  6. Feed with natural fertiliser every 10-14 days.
  7. Once your fruit starts to grow, make sure they sit off the ground on a tile or piece of glass.

Wait for the harvest!

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Regularly clean out & move bird feeders to prevent diseases

Bird feeders are one of the small ways in which everyone can help their local wildlife. However, it’s very important to keep them clean to prevent the spread of diseases.

Simply pop on a pair of rubber gloves and give your feeders a scrub using a mild detergent. After rinsing them thoroughly, make sure you let them dry out naturally before refilling and hanging up.

Did you know there are 406 bird species found in the UK, including some the rare overseas visitors.

Identify the birds in your garden here

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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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