Fracking – Water – Conclusion – Confusion

water bottleAnd I thought it was only about our spring!

We had a visit from a lady farmer this week who instantly riveted our attention with her story about Fracking. Tell me, I said why should I be against fracking? She went on to describe how her son, working for a fracking company in the states has contacted her and told her that they were having so many problems in his company because the chemicals they use to do the fracking are seeping into the water courses and poisoning the water. He told his Mum to be informed as the family in UK depend entirely on their water from springs and wells on the family farm in Chipping, very close to a proposed fracking area here. The lady, in common with many other country farmers close to here, uses natural water for all her cattle and animals and also for themselves. Her case was very strong and I was horrified that the chemicals used in fracking could contaminate the water course. I was of the mistaken opinion that fracking was a purely physical operation. The powers that be do not tell us about all the chemicals used in the process. Omission of information in this case can be as dishonest as an outright lie. Clean water is the very heart of life, yours and mine. Think about it.

Then what happened?

We had a visiting supplier with a particular interest in water. I engaged him in the fracking matter and he was very clear. The actual fracking is carried out so very deep into the earth one to two kilometres down, I think he said, that it cannot possibly interfere with surface water. The cause of the troubles referred to was not because of fracking. It just was not possible.

Conclusion – confusion

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Composting – The First Steps On Your Road To Success……

single-wooden-composterAt The Recycle Works we know many wonderful Master Composters but for those of you that might be wondering where to start, we thought these tips might help!

First create a space in which to do your outdoor composting. This should be an open space preferably direct on the ground, otherwise on hard standing. Compost can be made in a heap or a suitable container can be used such as a compost bin , which we have a huge variety of available at The Recycle Works.

Gather together as much organic waste as possible and make a loose pile. These organic materials soon begin to heat up as the composting process starts. The volume then quickly shrinks. At this stage it is important to dig over the compost using a pitchfork, to introduce more air into the middle of the pile. This should be done a few times at the early stages of composting as natural compacting occurs.

The heat naturally generated quickly builds up again as microbes resume composting in the improved conditions. The temperature will quickly reach 130-I60F in a large well-mixed pile. This will help destroy weeds, seeds and disease and the materials will decompose much faster.

Turning also subjects insect larvae and spores to lethal temperatures inside the pile, which later cools as the microbial activity is succeeded by that of worms and beetles. Add more materials at any time until the pile is as big as the space will allow or the bin is full. Check regularly. Compost should be moist to give the best results. If it is dry add a bucket of water. If it is too wet mix in some brown or dry materials and cover to prevent more rain getting in. A well-balanced mixture of green and brown materials produces good compost. Compost will mature at less than half the original volume.

Once the composter is full and the contents have stopped shrinking quickly, the compost is left to mature. At this point you can start a new compost pile. In time the contents will become unrecognisable and the mixture is then ready for use. A big well-managed mixed pile can be ready for use in a few months. An unattended pile may take about a year. It is traditional to use 3 separate units, one mature and being used on the garden, another maturing and one currently being filled.

So we hope this helps you get started and here’s to lots and lots of lovely compost!

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The Recycle Works End of Summer Sale Is Now On

end of summer saleExciting news – our End of Summer Sale has started!

There are lots of items that we hope you’ll love and at special prices so why not take a look and see what’s on offer.

Even if you don’t need something right this minute, (we hope we won’t be needing Snow Shovels and Snow Grippers but you never know with our British weather!) why not grab a bargain whilst you have chance?

Just to give you an idea of what’s on offer, a very small selection of some of the items in the sale are:

  • Garden Tool Caddies
  • Oak Boot Jacks
  • Soil Sieves
  • Bokashi Buckets
  • Gardening Tools & Accessories
  • Soil Testing Kits
  • ….. and much, much more!!

To view what’s currently on offer simply click here and don’t forget that as always, we’ll deliver direct to your door from our factory floor!

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Spare Boards From The Recycle Works – A Happy Ending!

single-wooden-composterWell it really depends how you look at it, Ended or Non-Ended? Why did we end the supply of non-ended boards?

We have recently improved our quality specifications for the Wooden Compost Bins and Raised Beds in that we no longer include the plain boards. So, in future you will receive all Ended Boards for these products and it will cost you not a penny more.

Historically the ends for the boards were made from metal. After a time they rusted and became tricky to remove when harvesting compost. So to make it better for you from the start, 19 years ago, we alternated ended boards with plain. This did not compromise the structure and minimised the cost. Then, some many years ago we changed the ends from metal to plastic and this made the job of lifting out the boards so much easier. Now the process of fixing the ends is semi-automatic. This summer we revisited all of our products again to see how we could better their performance and add value. Subsequently we feel that assembly will be simpler if all the foundation boards for Compost Bins and Raised Beds are the same, that is, ended. So from 1st September 2014 you get all the benefits, and for no additional cost. You may be able to buy spares of non-ended plain boards for a week or two until supplies are finished. After this supply of the non-ended boards will have ended – like this rigmarole!!

We have recently improved our quality specifications for the Wooden Compost Bins and Raised Beds in that we no longer include the plain boards. So, in future you will receive all Ended Boards for these products and it will cost you not a penny more.

Historically the ends for the boards were made from metal. After a time they rusted and became tricky to remove when harvesting compost. So to make it better for you from the start, 19 years ago, we alternated ended boards with plain. This did not compromise the structure and minimised the cost. Then, some many years ago we changed the ends from metal to plastic and this made the job of lifting out the boards so much easier. Now the process of fixing the ends is semi-automatic. This summer we revisited all of our products again to see how we could better their performance and add value. Subsequently we feel that assembly will be simpler if all the foundation boards for Compost Bins and Raised Beds are the same, that is, ended. So from 1st September 2014 you get all the benefits, and for no additional cost. You may be able to buy spares of non-ended plain boards for a week or two until supplies are finished. After this supply of the non-ended boards will have ended – like this rigmarole!!

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Magic Products Approved By Organic Farm Growers Association Accreditation

Did you know that all our  ‘Magic’ products have received Organic Farm Growers Association accreditation. If you haven’t yet tried any of these products you really are missing a treat as they work wonderfully and are good for the environment too!

Oragnic Farm Growers Association

Oragnic Farm Growers Association

Blooming Magic for Strong Roots, essential for healthy & prolific plants.

Compost Magic is made from 100% naturally occurring inert plant extract which means it is kind to the environment and harmless to all animal, aquatic and plant life.

Drain Magic is an intra-cellular, micro-nutrient additive, for application to domestic drains and septic tanks. Drain Magic is made from 100% natural plant matter and does not contain any biological additives, which means that it is kind to the environment and harmless to all animal, aquatic and plant life.

Potty Magic is for portable toilets, caravans, boats, camping, and all outdoor events that are not mains connected.

There are more products in the Magic range and we’d love to hear what you think of them!

Love Your E nvironment!

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Pointed Picket Fences Perfect For Borders and Edging

 

pointed_picket4Picket fences are a type of fence often used decoratively for domestic boundaries, often distinguished by their evenly spaced vertical boards, the pickets, attached to horizontal rails.

Protection and demarcation on corners and borders of flower beds, lawn and open plan spaces.
Prevent people from cutting the corner on foot, prams, hose pipes, equipment et al.
Deter small animals from entering a space

Until the introduction of advertising on fences in the 1980s, cricket fields were usually surrounded by picket fences, giving rise to the expression rattling the pickets for a ball hit firmly into the fence.

Pointed Picket Fence

  • Very useful for demarking borders and boundaries
  • Protects the corners of beds an lawns
  • Adds style to edges.
  • Prevents machinery, hose pipes and people from cutting corners and spoiling them.
  • Makes a clear demarcation between the paths and the beds.
  • Deters small animals from entering the protected space.
  • DIY so simple

No Nails, No Screws, No Holes to Dig, but a mallet will be useful for helping the posts into the ground.

Height of fence: 45cm
Height of pointed post above ground: 26cm

For full details simply view our new Border and Edging category.

Prices start at just £4.95

 

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