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Home & Garden Chemical free gardening Cut down use of chemicals in your garden – and reduce the amount of plastic containers you buy. Nature and the planet will thank you! • Weeds on your patio or driveway? Boiling water from your kettle is effective. • Your own compost heap (ideally two) will produce free compost that doesn’t come pre-wrapped. No room? Contact your Council for details of their deliveries. • Visit your local library to borrow expert advice - Bob Flowerdew’s Complete Book of Companion Planting will help you to plan a wonderful garden that works without chemicals. • Make your own plant tonics from comfrey and nettles – find recipes and advice on library shelves or online. • Learn to live with a few imperfections and wildlife will love your garden. Garden veg of the month Parsnips are a useful source of fibre and antioxidant vitamins C and E. Sow now for a winter crop. Parsnip seeds have a short shelf life so always buy fresh each year, or save your own seed annually. They can be difficult to germinate, so sow three seeds at each station and weed out the smallest if surplus appear. Best sown direct into their rows, as they don’t take kindly to being transplanted. Some success can be had sowing into root trainers in the greenhouse for an earlier crop, planting out carefully when the soil warms up. Asbestos alert Many people are thinking of renovating sheds and garages at this time of year and if that includes you please be asbestos aware. From the 1950s till as late as the 90s asbestos was widely used in building materials and electrical insulation. Asbestos is now known to cause serious and sometimes fatal diseases, including asbestosis and lung cancer. If you find it in buildings in your garden or in your home, leave it undisturbed and send for professionals to remove it safely. Where might you find it? • Asbestos cement roofs, panels, gutters, downpipes, flues • Asbestos soffits • Asbestos insulating boards For concerns and questions about asbestos Call UK Asbestos 01604 240507 Visit asbestosuk.co.uk Also sow cabbages, an excellent source of vitamin C. Choose your favourite variety and follow the sowing instructions on the packet. 42 Please mention Essentially Local when responding to advertisers
Home & Garden Gardens to suit your lifestyle From full garden design and landscaping projects to garden maintenance, we will provide expert advice and guidance so you can achieve the perfect outdoor space for you. Whatever your requirements we will work closely with you to achieve the results you want. See our website for full range of services and examples of our work. • Landscape design projects • Hardwood decking specialists • Professional planting schemes • Water features and electrical lighting • Natural stone patios Contact: Danny Prestedge Office: 01908 474 931 Mobile: 07532 451 812 email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.francisrose.co.uk To advertise please call 01908 380777 43