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Home Living : February 1st 2011
6 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, February 1, 2011 Gardening in less space » ADVERTISING FEATURE For many, the traditional quarter-acre block is a thing of the past, with a host of lifestyle changes seeing gardens shrink in size. Expensive land and higher-density city living often result in the garden being restricted to a balcony or courtyard. Ageing baby boomers, who form that great bulge in the population, are retiring and moving into easy-to- manage townhouses, units or retirement villages. And, on the outskirts of cities, larger houses on smaller blocks have seen the backyard reduced to a narrow strip between the house and the steel fence. But these changes don't mean we give up gardening. We just have to learn to garden in different ways. Here are some useful tips: Vegetables and herbs can be grown even where space is limited. The best vegie choices for pots are baby carrots, silverbeet, non-hearting lettuces, spring onions, radishes, Chinese cabbages, dwarf beans, dwarf peas and snow peas. Herbs for pots include basil (during the warmer months), mint, thyme, oregano, parsley and chives. These can all be grown from seeds. The larger the pot, the less likely it is to get hot and dry out, so use the biggest pot you can fit. Choose a good quality potting mix. This will give the vegies, herbs or flowering plants the best chance of performing at their peak. Apply a soil wetter to the mix to help prevent surface runoff. Check pot drainage. It's best if pots are raised up on pot feet or something similar to allow water to move away from beneath, but sometimes its necessary to have a saucer under the pot. If so, its a good idea to put a layer of pebbles in the saucer. This allows the pot base to sit above the stored water. Feed container plants with convenient plant foods with slow release qualities. Make the most of vertical s paces such as walls and fences. Climbing plants like star jasmine produce a longlasting fragrant display and can be pruned to restrict their growth. Dipladenia (Mandevilla sp) is another good choice. If you have very limited (or no) outdoor space, don't forget the joys of indoor gardening. Just because you've only got houseplants, doesn't mean you don't have the gardening spirit. Tips: yates.com.au HOMELIVING 20% OFF* WARWICK FABRICS *Limited time only PH: 9651 2745 5/286 New Line Rd, DURAL Behind McDonalds Open Mon - Sat We specialise in beautiful home furnishings with a great selection of custom made soft furnishings, fabrics and a full decorating service. 2058012K wk29 HL Decks Pergolas Stainless steel wire handrail Lattice Privacy Screens DIY pergola and deck kits Lic No: 170944C FREE LOCAL DELIVERY SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS OUTDOOR PINE FREE DESIGN & QUOTE 5 CHILVERS ROAD THORNLEIGH www.thomsonsoutdoorpine.com.au 2136330i hln wk39 PHONE: 9980 7611 THOMSON'S Come and visit one of Sydney's largest showroom 998 Victoria Road, West Ryde (cnr Station Street) www.bathroomeffect.com.au Monday to Saturday 9.00am - 5.00pm Open 6 days Licence No. 144928C Ph 9809 0852 HANSA Vantis • Piccolo Wall Mixe • Pin Lever was $310 NOW $260 BATHROOM EFFECT METHVEN Stamford atinjet Rail Shower Lifetime Warranty Wels 4 Star Rating was $380 NOW $249 was $630 NOW $475 SIENNA Bari Wall Faced Suite • Wels 4 Star Rating HANSA Vantis • Basin Mixer • Pin Lever • Wels 4 Star Rating was $275 NOW $235 Bathroom ware at affordable prices Best LOW PRICES was $615 NOW $440 750mm China Top Vanity • Other sizes available RAM Tapware Park Pin was $295 NOW $235 Basin Set WELS 3 Star was $285 NOW $225 Shower Set WELS 3 Star Bath Set was $265 NOW $210 was $1200 NOW $1050 Sanctuary Bath •1700x850 2191019 k wk31 SPLIT & DUCTED AIR CONDITIONING Authorised Dealer Licence No 215990C SUMMER SPECIALS SAVEUPTO$600 ON DAIKIN DUCTED SYSTEMS SAVEUPTO$300 ON DAIKIN SPLIT SYSTEMS PHONE NOW for a FREE In-Home Quote 9737 0293 2136579m 4/1 SERVICES TO ALL DOORS New Showroom: Unit E18/2A Victoria Ave CASTLE HILL ( OVER 25 YEARS EXPERIENCE ( DEAN 2122128i 11/01 AUTOMATIC OPENERS FR.$450 FREE MEASURE & QUOTE 9894 1233 GARAGE DOOR SALES & REPAIRS PTY LTD
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