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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 Toaster pot plants are something stunningly different for small gardens and all you need is an old toaster. 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!'' KING WARDROBES 9725 2266 BUILT IN WARDROBES www.kingwardrobe.com.au • Free measure & quote • EFT & major credit cards • Lifetime guarantee • Combined 30yrs experience • Service all areas • Quality customer service #534/- $%3)'. 4/ 35)4 9/52 .%%$3 2181890 20/3 DIY Wardrobes Cut to size 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 Showroom & Factory: Fax: 77 Larra St, Yennora 9632 1399 Specialising in Shopfront & Domestic Roller Shutters SAVE $$$ - FACTORY DIRECT PRICES Master Lic:408646770 Roller Shutters Shopfront Shutters Stainless Steel Doors Automatic Garage Doors FREE MEASURE & QUOTES Call 9632 1111 www.burwoodshutters.com.au 5% OFF YOUR LOWEST GENUINE PRICE Window Shutters Safety Doors Window Grilles Automatic Gates 2061737i hlw wk15 Y Windows fitted Y Ceilings insulated and lined Y Walls insulated and lined Y Full height GLASS a speciality Enclose your Al-Fresco *Licensed Builder & Electrician Lic No 4729C DAIME PTY LTD Home Improvements CONTACT 4730 2539 0418 262 166 UPGRADE Your Existing Screened Enclosure ENCLOSE YOUR EXISTING PATIO AREA 2170741i 26/04
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