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ReycycleThe Riverside Centre is to host an information evening which will look at the links between waste, recycling and Climate Change. The Island is one of the top local authorities for domestic waste recycling. Shortly a new Gasification plant will come on stream which will convert combustible material from households and businesses into energy for some 2000 homes.

However, The Footprint Trust points out that the majority of households have not joined the kerbside recycling scheme and that a high proportion of businesses are not recycling or reducing their waste.
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Potato SackLast night I was telling my dad that I had planted up a couple of tubs of potatoes and he mentioned that several people he knows grow them in plastic bin bags. I had never heard of this before so thought I ought to investigate and sure enough it seems to be very popular. My dad’s friends grow them in double bin bags but far more people use empty compost bags/sacks.
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Learn a new skill at these workshops coming up at Aldermoor Farm, Upton Road, Ryde

 Traditional  Cheese-Making by Hand



Traditional Cheese-making by Hand 10th May 2008 with Ruth Goodman

During this practical day participants will use a hand-churn to make butter, which will be salted and potted for winter. More details and bookings

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Following on from my post about growing vegetables in containers you may find making your own paper pots to sow your seeds in useful. Makes it much cheaper than buying pots or ready grown plants – also you don’t have to worry about storing them if you are short of space.

There are several ways to make them, this is the way I make mine, you can even get special formers to use.

Divide into 3


Start with a single page of a paper like the County Press, cut or tear it into three.

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In Tune with the MoonAccording to the book I am using ‘In Tune with the Moon’ this is what we are supposed to be doing this week. I will try and be organised and post every Sunday what the book suggests for the following week.

Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th (up to 9pm) sow and cultivate roots – All root veg, beetroot, carrot, celeriac, endive, garlic, Jerusalem artichoke, parsnip, potato, radish, salsify, shallot, turnip, onions.

Wednesday 30th April and Thursday 1st May (up to 8pm) sow and cultivate flowers – All flowers, artichoke, broccoli & cauliflower.

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The Robin Hill Garden Show – Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th Sunday April
Robin Hill Garden Show 10am – 5pm. See the Aldermoor Farm & Transition Island area complete with a straw bale building with loads of green and energy saving info. Dave Simon, one of the founder members of the IW Permaculture group has put a lot of work and effort, along with a lot of other people. Drop by and say hello.

Standard Admission for all show visitors each day: £6.50
Disabled Concessions £5.50 Children under 4: Free

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The Hardy Plant Society has a Spring Plant Sale at Carisbrooke Church Hall – Saturday 26th April 10:30 – noon (According to the County Press)

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Next Weekend
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Growing runner beans in containers A couple of years ago I was renting a house that only had a paved garden, it was April when I moved in and my dad asked if I wanted some runner bean plants.

I had never grown them in tubs/planters before and was a little dubious to say the least. By September I was very popular with the neighbours as I gave so many away, froze as many as I could, my teenagers were threatening me with violence if they had to eat yet another huge portion of beans, the runner beans were more successful than any I had grown in the ground before. (more…)

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