Archive for July, 2012

Fancy a walk round the Racecourse, Northampton with us on Sundays at 3pm?

Our Jolly Jaunts day has been changed to Sundays, rather than Saturdays.  We are still meeting at the White Elephant end, by the old shelter… hope see you there!

Make a scoop, hand spade or trowel from an old plastic milk carton

I saw this handy tip to recycle an old bottle into gardening tools on the internet and I had the idea that it will be useful for cleaning up the lawn after the dogs! It’s very easy.

You need scissors, a clean, empty plastic milk bottle and 1 or 2 minutes…  Mark out with pen or by eye this shape on the bottle … and cut!











You could always round off the end if you preferred to make a trowel shape.


Road test

The spade shape works very well as a scoop and I will continue to use it in our garden. So pleased 🙂 The trowel shape had a tendency to be bendy and was a little tricky to use.

Other uses

As gardening tools, they would both work well if the soil was fine and dry- perfect for moving new compost from the bag into a pot. The spade is by far the more robust shape but both bent in wet hard soil.

Other spades could also be put to good use in the children’s sand pit, water play area or pretend box, or for scooping up the Lego.