Alan Titchmarsh’s TOP TIPS Choosing the right compost for using peat-free compost 1. Always check the instructions on the bag to ensure you Peat-free products can be successfully used for a range of garden tasks: • compost - use for planting up pots, tubs and A Guide To Greener get the best results. hanging baskets; 2. Peat-free composts generally need to be watered 'little • soil conditioner or home compost - dig in to your and often'. They are naturally darker, denser, and often Gardening flowerbeds and vegetable plots, to increase nutrient levels coarser, and don't turn as pale in colour as peat does and improve soil structure; and when they dry out. • mulches - spread over borders to discourage annual weeds 3. Wet the compost thoroughly before using it. and retain moisture. 4. You may notice that plants sometimes take a little longer to get going, but don't worry, once they do, they usually last longer and form a good, Compost can help your garden bloom by: bushy shape. • adding essential nutrients to your soil, which means healthier and stronger plants; • improving the soil structure, to allow plant roots, water and For more information on how to get the best from peat-free air to move through the soil more easily; and composts please log on to www.recyclenow.com/garden. • helping the soil retain more water, meaning that plants will stay healthy - and its less watering for you! “There is a wide range of reduced peat and peat-free composts available at garden centres nationwide, making it really easy for gardeners to help the environment by choosing composts containing recycled materials.” Charlie Dimmock - Celebrity Gardener TV gardening celebrity Alan Titchmarsh is a keen supporter of compost containing recycled materials: www.plantforlife.info “Wherever possible we need to try to help and conserve our Please quote reference number: 48ORG environment - but we also want to grow good plants. One easy While steps have been taken to ensure its accuracy, WRAP cannot accept responsibility to be held liable to any way is to use composts containing recycled materials; that way person for any loss or damage arising out of or in connection with this information being inaccurate, incomplete or misleading. This material is copyrighted. It may be reproduced free of charge subject to the material being you can be a responsible gardener as well as a successful one.” accurate and not used in a misleading context. The source of the material must be identified and the copyright status acknowledged. The material must not be used to endorse or used to suggest WRAP's endorsement of a Alan Titchmarsh - Celebrity Gardener commercial product or service. For more detail, please refer to our Terms and Conditions on our website - www.wrap.org.uk. Printed on 75% recycled content paper Top Tips To Be Green In The Garden. Home compost Use a water butt Composting kitchen waste, such as fruit and vegetable peelings and Collecting rainwater using tea bags, along with your garden waste such as lawn clippings and Introduction prunings is a really easy way to make your own free fertiliser to help a water butt not only makes sense for your garden but also for the your garden bloom. In fact, over one third of the contents of an average UK household bin can be home composted therefore environment. The water you collect can be The garden is a great place to reducing the amount of waste put out for collection. used in dryer months so you don't have to rely improve your 'green' credentials, on your hosepipe and it will ensure your Visit www.recyclenow.com/home_composting garden never goes thirsty. and changing the habits of a for lots of top tips and information. For more detailed advice call lifetime need not be daunting. the Home Composting Helpline on 0845 600 0323 (8am-8pm There are lots of small and easy Log on to www.recyclenow.com for stockist details. Monday to Friday; 9am-12 noon Saturday). changes that everyone can make that will benefit the garden as well as the environment. Recycle your garden waste Buy recycled Many local authorities offer a kerbside collection service for garden There are a wide range of recycled products on the market for waste, or if not you can take it to your local recycling centre. gardens, such as benches made from recycled plastic - that never More and more we are being need to be painted and won't rot! If you look around you will find It is then transformed into quality compost and used as an ingredient all kinds of creative products such as bird boxes made from encouraged to home compost and use in reduced peat and peat-free growing media, thereby helping to environmentally friendly composts, but just disused 'for sale' signs and garden lanterns made from recycled close the recycling loop. The process also keeps organic material out what can you put in your compost bin and of landfill where it can create harmful methane gas as it decomposes, glass. Log on to www.recyclenow.com and click on shopping what compost should you look for when which contributes to climate change. (See compost re-cycle image) for a selection of stockist details. you are shopping? How do water butts work Log on to www.recyclenow.com to find out more about your local and where can you buy recycled products collection services. for the garden? Buy peat-free compost containing recycled material This short guide will give you some There is a wide range of peat-free composts containing recycled great tips on how your garden and materials such as grass cuttings, prunings and leaves, on the market. the environment can both benefit Extensive trials carried out by independent third parties have all shown from some small changes. that peat-free compost gives consistently good results when used in the right way, and they are also comparable in price to other composts. Peat-free products are available at garden centres and DIY stores nationwide and some of the major manufacturers are now using “It's time for the green-fingered a logo to help make these composts more easily identifiable. gardener to help the environment by A full 'Buying Guide' is available to download on learning about the benefits of recycling www.recyclenow.com/garden, listing relevant products and their garden waste and at the same providing contact details to help you find your nearest stockist. time buying products for the garden that contain recycled materials.” Chris Beardshaw - Celebrity Gardener Enough garden waste (including grass cuttings, prunings and leaves) to fill the Albert Hall more than 70 times over is buried in landfill sites every year.