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Home Living : November 6th 2012
GARDENING BREAKING THE RULES NEW BOOK TO HELP YOU IN THE GARDEN Millie Ross has published a book full of creative tips for gardening. Janita Singh IS your garden a little on the ordinary side and in need of a fun makeover? The Thrifty Gardener, by hor- ticulturist Millie Ross, is packed with quirky and alternative garden projects, including native bee-houses, outdoor showers, edible cubby houses and bedspring frames for climbers, all made from re- purposed materials. Ms Ross is a designer, radio broadcaster, columnist with Gardening Australia magazine and senior researcher for ABC TV's Gardening Australia. An innovative gardener, she has an unconventional ap- proach and a commitment to make gardening accessible to everyone. ''Getting into the garden can connect you with more than the plants around you. This book is about igniting the skills and knowledge you already have but may not realise,'' she says. ''This is your garden, so please don't be restricted by rules. Each and every plot should be influenced and in- spired by its own unique com- bination of characteristics. ''There is no right or wrong way,'' she says. POT PLANTS TOASTING INGENUITY CONTAINER gardening is great for renters or those starting out with bad soil. ''Much of my garden is regularly on the move, so the most treasured plants in my collection are all growing in containers,'' says The Thrifty Gardener author Millie Ross. ''My theory is that any- thing that can hold soil can grow a plant. If you want something different or are on a budget, make it yourself. Old rubbish bins, polysty- rene boxes and woks are easily converted,'' she said. How to make toaster pots ''All you need for this project is an old toaster, rust-proof primer, soil and plants. Cut off the power cord. Seal the outside with a clear rustproof primer and let it dry before potting. Fill toaster halfway with potting mix, and then tap it to settle into the cracks. ''Plants can get stressed when fitted into tight spots but healed cuttings of succu- lents will slip right in and quickly develop roots. If you use potted plants, buy them small and use liquid seaweed. Mulch and water regularly!'' 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 Slash Your Power Bill Now! Get A FREE Quote for a Solar Power System Today! 1.5kw Systems Installed From 02 9709 4972 Victor: 0470 155 121 C7/101 Rookwood Rd. Yagoona Website: www.spacesolar.com.au Email: email@example.com Contractor Lic: 239987C • High Performance Panels • Premier Inverter • 5 Years Replacement Warranty For Inverter • 25 Years Guarantee For Panel Performance • Meter Not Included 3kw Systems Installed From $2999* 2130637 23/10 $899* MENTION THIS AD FOR AN EXTRA 5 YEAR WARRANTY *Conditions apply Kitchens Bathrooms Doors Laundries Toilets from $19 5 full ceramic 4 panel solid timber maple Doors Crazy! $135 30% off Custom Made Kitchens SALE Vanities from $199 Solid timber maple French Doors Crazy! $169 AusLux Stainless Steel Sinks from $110 24 Bridge Street, RYDALMERE - off Victoria Rd Ph 9898 1200 www.auslux.com.au OPEN 7 DAYS Mon - Fri 9.00am-5.00pm Saturday 9.30am-2.00pm Sunday 9.30am-1.00pm Bathroom Accessories from $15 Taps from $45 Shower Screens from $375 Home Improvement 2186648 6/11 BUILT IN WARDROBES FACTORY DIRECT PRICES BUILT IN WARDROBES FACTORY DIRECT PRICES PH: 9890 7477 PH: 9890 7477 • FREE MEASURE & QUOTE • LIFETIME GUARANTEE Made to suit your budget & needs • Style • Service • Variety • Full range • Accessories • Hinged Doors • Sliding Doors • Over 20 years exp. Sydney Wardrobe Company Pty. Ltd www.sydneywardrobe.com.au Lic: 185628C 2152887i hlw wk40 ON SALE NOW Call Judy 24/7: 0412 224 698 www.weedoo.com.au firstname.lastname@example.org • 25 years experience • Call for your free consultation WEEDOO BLINDS,SHUTTERS CURTAINS Summer Specials WEEDOO BLINDS, SHUTTERS CURTAINS
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