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Home Living : January 31st 2012
4 HLF - HOME LIVING: NORTH WEST, Tuesday, January 31, 2012 MB Grow your own POTTY ABOUT ORGANIC VEGIES IF you don't have much space, grow organic vegetables in any containers. All you need is a sunny spot and some care. Pots also allow you to move plants. Use good potting mix and fertiliser. Biodegradable: It's easy to make your own biodegradable pots from paper or cardboard. Cardboard egg cartons are great. Cut each cup into single mini-pots, poke a hole in the bottom to let water drain out, then fill with seed-raising mix and seed. Toilet rolls also work well. Small: The biggest news is that many varieties of fruit trees now come in a miniature versions. So space is no issue. Tea: All sorts of herbs, foliage and flowers from your garden can be used to make herbal tea and are easily grown like lemongrass, cha- momile and mint. Do your re- search before you make a tea from a herb to ensure it is safe. Pests: While you're looking on and under leaves for pests, keep an eye out for insect eggs. If you see tiny clusters of eggs, rub them off and stop the problem. GOING ORGANIC ORGANIC THE RIGHT CHOICE GARDENING GURU'S NEW BOOK Janita Singh DIFFERENT CONDITIONS Herbs are a terrific choice for pots. If you're growing more than one type of herb in a pot, don't combine herbs that like different growing conditions. For instance basil likes plenty of water and liquid food but thyme wants drier soil and less feeding. Organic is published by New Holland Publishers, hardback, RRP $35. Don Burke and (inset) his latest book, Organic. CHANGING lifestyles and smar- ter ways of saving the planet and money have also given us many new ways of doing things and new buzz words we come across daily. One of these words is organic. To many this means buying or eating healthily, but there is more to this than picking something from the supermarket shelves. Organic foods are grown and produced without the use of syn- thetic chemicals and fertilisers. And being organic is something everyone can do, explains horti- culturist, author and television personality Don Burke. If you have any bit of land at home, be it a big or tiny backyard, an apartment or terrace, you can go organic very easily. In his latest book, Organic,a guide to growing organic food for your family, Burke explains why it's not only healthy, but a sensible approach to grow your own food. The book looks at sustainable living in small spaces, clever ideas for small backyards, safer pest controls, backyard poultry and much more. ''As a six-year-old kid, I started my own vegie garden. I planted radishes. I remember the superb taste of my first crop and how proud I was when I took some inside and presented this to my family,'' Burke says. ''The fresh vegetables tasted so good but pick- ing them was so much more fun.'' Growing your own food at home can be a very rewarding exercise and in this book Burke shows how this can be done anywhere. Organic is a practical guide with step-by-step instructions, case studies and photos to help you successfully grow your own or- ganic vegetable garden at home. 40% 50% 60% OFF! ROLLER SHUTTERS "Don t Be Fooled!" Forget The Gimmicks Just Genuine Prices UNIT 4/17 STENNET RD, INGLEBURN 9829 1255 2047836i 22/3 shutterworld The latest technology in security shutters Heat out to 90% Cold to 90% Noise 50% SLIMLINE BOXES BUY DIRECT FROM MANUFACTURER & SAVE $$$ www.shutterworld.com.au 12 Months Interest Free Terms Free quote! Come visit our showroom! LICENSE NO 175403C Save Energy EXCLUSIVE SLIMLINE DESIGN accentblinds.com.au Alexandria•Chatswood•Seven Hills Penrith•Newcastle % 30 Curtainsoff % 10 Shuttersoff Selected Range Only % 30Roller Blindsoff % 20 Awningsoff 13 19 For full terms & conditions visit the Accent website 13 Renovate your home with Up to 30% off New Year s Renovation Sale The Original Industry Leader in design, product & service 1300 552 330 ABSOLUTE 2203307 30/08 www.absoluteoutdoor.net Over 30 Years Experience Builders Lic. No. 208107C Original Charlwood Group Carports N Awnings N Pergolas Timber Decks N Screen Enclosures N Glass Rooms Authorised Dealer Authorised Dealer SPLIT & DUCTED AIR CONDITIONING WILL YOU BE COOL THIS SUMMER? SAVE UP TO $600 on Daikin Ducted Systems SAVE UP TO $300 on Daikin Split Systems PHONE NOW for a FREE In-Home Quote 9531 7462 2121776 27/12 Metropolitan Built-in Wardrobes Pty Ltd FREE MEASURE & QUOTE SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS Mon-Fri 8.00am - 4.00pm Sat 8.00am - 12.30pm T: 9763 5899, F: 9763 5877 www.metropolitanwardrobes.com.au Unit 6, 1-15 Wentworth Rd Nth, Homebush (off Bellona Ave) 15 YEARS GUARANTEED 2141582i hln wk39 Lic. 137155c
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