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TOP 10 WAYS TO REDUCE PLASTIC IN THE GARDEN

Increased plastic use and its effect on the environment is a hot topic so Emma Rawlings takes a look at how we can reduce our reliance on plastic in the garden

It is certainly difficult to avoid buying plastic goods altogether. However, if everyone reduced their plastic use just a bit it would make a massive difference; it would send a strong message to manufacturers to use alternative materials or improve biodegradability of their current products. Here we have some ideas which may help reduce your plastic purchases for the garden.

1 PLASTIC POTS

It is estimated we each own 39 redundant plastic pots so potentially many millions in sheds and garages up and down the country. Personally for keen gardeners I think that is a low figure. I must have double that number in my shed but I do reuse them. Garden centres rely on them to sell their plants in so it is difficult to avoid acquiring them if you like to buy plants. Some plants are now being sold in biodegradable pots but it is not the norm yet.There also used to be pot amnesties run by many garden centres whereby you could drop off unwanted plastic pots and the garden centre would send them for recycling. Sadly, some of the big chains such as Notcutts have had to stop these schemes because they just can’t find a recycling plant that will take them, mainly because of the different plastics used in pot manufacturing.

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In this month's issue of Kitchen Garden ... - Rhubarb for rookies plus A-class asparagus - Win great prizes worth over £2704 - Sow peas for early pickings - 7 slug controls on test - A taste of italy fresh from your garden - Meet the hairy bikers Si & Dave talk veg - Get the most from oriental salads - Grow your own cuppa - Reduce garden plastic