It was global recycling day at the weekend (18th March) and last year we shared this post on our social media pages that combined our love of nature and gardening with our love of recycling! We’ve now put together a step by step guide so you can make your own living roof recycling storage that will help insects and pollinators in your garden.
These shelves will help stop your recycling containers look untidy and can stop them getting blown about in the wind.
- Work out where you’d like your shelves to go – a level piece of ground will work best.
- Create the base first, then build upwards, we find that two shelves is enough to hold our various caddies and containers.
- Add a roof that slopes slightly to one side by using two slightly longer uprights on one side, Leave a small gap at the lower side of the roof base of around 1cm to allow for drainage
- Line the base and sides of the living roof with waterproof material, we’ve found some empty small compost bags work perfectly.
- Fill the top tray with a layer of compost about 3″ deep
- Plant your flower seeds! Wildflowers add a splash of colour and are great for wildlife, we wrote this blog post which highlights which species are good for helping different species if you are after some inspiration, if not your local garden centre will have a wildflower mix that will do the job!
Recycling, reusing and rewilding small areas in your garden are great steps to a more sustainable approach to gardening.