Reducing Waste Blog

Transition Hythe’s blog on all things to do with reducing waste in our community

Reducing waste: An update

Following the screening of Trashed in Hythe, a number of us regrouped to consider some of the issues raised by the film. This ‘waste sub-group’ came up with a number of ideas for taking action to reduce waste in our community and we’ve made a start on most of them, so this is an update…

Spring on the community allotments

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At both Tynwald in Hythe and at Newington, just outside Folkestone, planning is under way for the coming season. We’re seeking to rotate our crops (although the potatoes at Tynwald seem to have other ideas, despite all of our best efforts to harvest them all each year!). In addition, in Folkestone, a new food group is…

Autumn on the community allotments

Our two local transition groups have community allotments in Folkestone (Newington/Penne, just outside the town) and in Hythe (the garden at Tynwald Residential Home). The former has been run for the last couple of years, the latter for the last four or five years. Tynwald is a registered charity and doesn’t have the funds to…

March organic gardening blog

Spring is upon us and the next couple of months are a busy time of the year for us gardeners if we want to reap the fruits (and vegetables of course!) of our labour later on in the year. So now is the time to get going with planning your crop rotation (click here for…

February organic gardening blog

This month, Claudie asks, why go organic or, more to the point, why not? And what constitutes ‘organic’ anyway? She also considers the best vegetables for beginners, a host of garden tasks for this month, provides a lovely recipe for squash soup, and suggests things to consider when choosing garden furniture. Why go organic? The…

January organic gardening blog

Everything is fairly quiet on the garden front, aside from harvesting winter crops and pruning fruit trees and bushes. Now is therefore the perfect time to plan for the year ahead. The focus of 2014 was very much on remembering the First and Second World War efforts and I have found this great quote as…

November/December Organic Gardening Blog

This is a perfect time to stop and take stock of what’s around us and to listen to what your garden plot is saying. But there’s still things to do, as Claudie explains in her latest blog. She also ponders manure matters and provides a delicious recipe with seasonal produce. What is this life if,…

October organic gardening blog

Taste and fabulous colour are still on the menu this month. Claudie also looks at how to garden with wildlife in mind. Squashes and pumpkins: A beautiful and tasty winter crop. I’m not talking about the frighteningly insipid Halloween type pumpkins but the far more tasty winter squashes. I love their shape, colour and taste.…

September Organic Gardening Blog

Still time to enjoy the taste of fresh fruits before autumn sets in If your children do not like the little pips in raspberries or are not too keen on these fruits, what about making a pretty smoothie instead? Apple juice (organic of course) can be added to dilute the taste and make the consistency…

Guest Blog: Perfect preserves

Making Your Own Preserves – Jams and Jellies by Guest blogger, Madeleine Whybrow At this time of year our gardens and hedgerows are full of fruits and vegetables ripe for picking so there is no better time for making your own preserves. Preserving is a great way to extend the harvest season into the winter…