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22 LIFESTYLE TUESDAY OCTOBER 31 2017 CAVE01Z01MA - V1 ARIES March 21-April 20 With dynamic Mars (your boss planet) moving through your relationship zone, give loved ones the space and encouragement to really shine on their own. Uranus stirs up your restless Ram side, as you surprise others with an unpredictable move that comes out of left field. Youre keen to explore and experiment but dont throw the baby out with the bathwater! Saturn encourages you to think things through. Then you wont miss a lucky opportunity when it comes along. TAURUS April 21-May 21 On Tuesday love planet Venus shifts into your relationship zone, where it stays until December 1. Attached Bulls plan something special with your sweetheart. Singles a friendship could take a surprisingly romantic detour! With Venus visiting Scorpio (the sign of extremes) expect some ups and downs in an important partnership. As birthday great, singersongwriter Neil Young observes As you go through life, youve got to experience the valleys as well as the peaks. GEMINI May 22-June 21 Romance planet Venus joins the Sun and Jupiter in your wellbeing zone. So the fitter and healthier you are, the more youll be able to capitalise on this lucky love link. Best aphrodisiacs? Foods like figs, avocadoes, oysters and chocolate will put some extra pep in your step. This fabulous cosmic connection also encourages you to use your work persona in positive ways. When it comes to relationships, strive to get the balance right between being stable and being spontaneous. CANCER June 22-July 23 With Venus activating your en tertainment and party zone, jump out of your Crab comfort zone and have some fun. Plus, when it comes to your personal and professional lives, strive to keep the lines of communication and creativity wide open. Your motto for the moment is from singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell (born on November 7, 1943) I want to have fun, I want to shine like the Sun. Looking for a new job? Present yourself as someone who really stands out from the crowd. LEO July 24-Aug 23 For some comfort-loving Cats, home is where the heart is, as Venus visits your domestic zone. If you are attached, a delicious home-cooked meal will rev up the romance factor! Single? You could meet your soulmate through an introduction from a family member. But other Lions will feel super restless! So its a wonderful weekend to jump out of your usual routine and go on a grand adventure. Or just go travelling in your mind, as you reconnect with a friend from far away. VIRGO Aug. 24-Sep 23 Mercury (your ruling planet) is now transiting through curious Sagittarius, which favours education, study, reading, writing, researching and publishing. So find novel new ways to stimulate your marvellous Virgo mind. But are you worried about money matters? Look for proactive and innovative ways to boost your bank balance and increase cash flow. Courtesy of the Saturn-Uranus trine, a financially-savvy family member could surprise you by lending a hand. LIBRA Sep. 24-Oct 23 Avoid sitting on the sidelines! With Saturn and Uranus stimulating your communication and relationship zones, you have to be organised and innovative if you want to get your message out to the world. So push yourself to post and publish; socialise and circulate; converse and connect. But resist the temptation to be dazzled by superficial outer appearances. With Venus shifting into serious Scorpio, take a deep look beneath the surface to discover a persons true lasting value. SCORPIO Oct. 24-Nov 22 This week its time to express your deepest emotions in creative and powerful ways that move others. Whether through speaking, writing, painting, photography, acting, singing, dancing, drawing or playing music. As singer-songwriter-painter (and birthday great) Joni Mitchell observes I sing my sorrow and I paint my joy. On the weekend, a patient and progressive approach brings the best results. Especially involving a work colleague, a money matter or a health issue. SAGITTARIUS Nov. 23-Dec 21 Mercury is moving through your sign, which boosts your curiosity, your communication skills and your powers of persuasion. You have a talent for inspiring others but make sure youre using it in productive and positive ways. Youre not bossy youre bold; youre not impatient youre spontaneous; and youre not pushy youre persuasive. On the weekend, Saturn helps stabilise your fiery energy, while Uranus revs up your creative side. So its the perfect time to get things done! CAPRICORN Dec. 22-Jan 20 Youll certainly be surrounded by intrigue this week, as the planets stimulate your mystery zone and secrets that were previously hidden rise to the surface. So make sure you handle any sensitive information as discreetly as possible. Saturdays Saturn/Uranus trine encourages you to get the balance right between maintaining the status quo, and gradually introducing some original new ideas. Youll find experience and innovation are a marvellous mix at the moment. AQUARIUS Jan 21-Feb 19 Youre keen to communicate as you mix and mingle, talk, text, tweet and post. The Saturn/Uranus trine helps stabilise the parts of your life that are going well. Plus it also gives you the confidence and motivation to question outdated ways of doing things and add some exciting fresh elements. You can successfully balance the old and new in your life. The best way to do this is to keep whats working, and change what isnt working. The trick is knowing which is which! PISCES Feb. 20-March 20 With the Sun, Venus and Jupi ter all jumping through your travel zone, taking a trip will be on your mind. Whether its an international holiday, an interstate sojourn or a relaxing weekend getaway, start planning and packing soon! But, when it comes to a work issue or a financial matter, dont put your head in the sand. Take a good long look at your current situation. Perhaps you can make some strategic and creative changes that will lead to more security further down the track? GARDENING in November can be such a fun month in all areas of the garden, with many differing garden types able to be worked on. While we have had a mild winter and essentially an extended spring, the hot days appear to have arrived, making gardening a priority when we have cool days as before long it will mostly stay warm to hot. As summer fast approaches it is critical that a range of tasks are completed as even November has on average eight days above 40C. As the days start to warm, work early morning and in the evenings, completing the majority of general planting by mid month, and then focus on preparing the garden for the hot months ahead. With special care it is possible to plant right throughout summer; Ive been doing it for years. However, its best to plant in season. During the hottest part of the day and the year, why not sit back and relax, watch a little cricket, swim or have a siesta? Plant a range of tropical species this month. Rosella, needing six months to mature and fruit, will soon thrive when planted. Peanuts are a fun crop for kids, bougainvillea love the warm days and attention can also be turned to the courtyard/patio and container gardens. As the soil temperatures warm, plants quickly put on a burst of growth before summer. Plants introduced into the garden now will thrive; do not be afraid to plant, as conditions are ideal. You simply need to ensure you water adequately to meet the plant needs. Give plants a good soak before planting and plant only into moist soil. Dont plant and then water; dry soil can cause much unnecessary stress and cause great shock as the dry soil will within minutes quickly kill off the fine hair roots. On the pruning front, time should always be set aside as plant growth can be rapid this month. By deadheading roses, weekly solid blooms will continue to form until well after Christmas. Prune springflowering ornamental Prunus species after flowering for next seasons blooms and regularly tip-prune many early summer flowering exotics that have an extended flowering season to improve floral displays. Regular light pruning can be undertaken to manage spring growth on many plant species to improve shape, consolidate growth, improve summer/autumn flowering and improve cropping on foodproducing plants. Hedge plants particularly require regular attention to ensure good form is maintained, while growth can often be rapid at this time of the year. Prune spring/summer grasses to promote strong healthy growth to reward with wonderful healthy displays during hot months. Now is an important time to plant, prune, feed and manage many fruiting plants to promote desired growth patterns, fruiting and quality produce. Ensure plants are well irrigated to limit fruit drop or poor-quality fruit. Thin deciduous fruit trees to improve fruit quality, tipprune passionfruit to promote flowers and fruit that form on new lateral growth, and control-prune new grape vines to manage desired growth patterns. Plant a wide range of fun to work in the shade that the patio/courtyard and special microclimate gardens provide. Its also time to introduce a range of summer-loving tropical species that thrive in the shade, from impatiens and begonias through to coleus. Create a new herb collection; planted now, many will be providing by Christmas. While having fun gardening priority must also be given to preparing for the hot months ahead and do not forget to service the lawnmower and edger in readiness for sustained strong growth of lawns. Your Stars by Joanne Moore Set up your garden for year An ornamental vegetable garden with a neatly clipped box hedge; (inset), flowering cherry plum (Prunus Cerasifera). tropical fruiting species including mangoes, pawpaws, pineapple, guava, bananas, passionfruit and dragonfruit early, allowing for an extended growing season before next winter. Give container gardens priority this month as its time to reinvigorate them. Re-pot as required, apply both solid and liquid fertilisers to promote strong new growth, and plant masses of colourful flowering annuals to complement perennial container plants, giving great colour for the festive season. As the weather warms and especially on the hot days, its