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The Centralian advocate Tue 28 Mar 2017

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The Centralian advocate Tue 28 Mar 2017

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Centralian Advocate; NewspaperNT

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2017-03-28

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English

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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Alice Springs; Tennant Creek (N.T.) -- Newspapers; Alice Springs (N.T.) -- Newspapers.; Australia, Central -- Newspapers

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2019C01407

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https://hdl.handle.net/10070/266558

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https://hdl.handle.net/10070/449483

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TUESDAY MARCH 28 2017 LIFESTYLE 23 V1 - CAVE01Z01MA TIME in the gardenshould be given thehighest priority as April should be the busiest month on the home gardeners calendar with conditions generally ideal for all types of gardening. I trust today when you are reading this article the temperature has significantly dropped allowing gardening to be a pleasure, not a chore. We have just experienced our hottest March on record, I trust we can now experience some real autumn. The conscientious gardener should have despite the warm introduction to autumn taken note of previous columns and already prepared in advance planting sites irrespective ofwhat is being planted. Winter vegetables, flowering annuals, herbs, citrus, fruit trees, grapes and perennial evergreen plants for the garden generally should all be planted this month. There is almost nothing that cannot be planted this month. Planting now while the soils are still warm and the daylight hours are still long conditions are ideal for plant growth. Planted now plants will quickly develop a new extended root system put on new growth and toughen up well before winter conditions prevail. The grasshopper plague and the hot humid conditions have, however, to date kept many gardeners indoors waiting for conditions to improve. Sites or beds prepared in ad vance and periodically watered should have matured by now and be ready for planting out. Dont delay too long planting particularly the longer maturing vegetables as some can take four plus months to produce. Left too long and fast will spring be approaching and the arrival of pesty aphides that quickly spoil crops of broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts and kale. For those gardeners who prepared garden beds 2-3 months ago it will be time to plant. Manures should have broken down and been worked into the soil and ready to assist plant growth, soil organisms will have breed up and assisted with working the soil and weed seeds will have germinated being easily turned in prior to any planting taking place. For those who have not prepared in advance fear not as its not too late, simply your approach will have to vary. I wouldnt be introducing rare manures and fresh home made composts to the garden bed unless really well broken down. Rare manures and half decomposed compost can be too rich for new plants or can compete with new plants robbing them of much needed nutrients. If confronted with using fresh manures and new compost its simply a matter of preparing the garden beds and irrigating for some time prior to planting. Prepare these beds now and wait until conditions are ideal for planting be it 6-12 weeks away. Prepare these beds for the future and then turn your attention to preparing new beds for immediate planting however a different approach is required. Organic fertilisers such as GrowBetter or Blood and Bone can however be used safely in preparing a bed ready for immediate planting although its still best to allow a week or two between preparing the soil and planting. As a general formulae for a 2.1m x 0.9m x 0.40m raised garden bed I blend 0.5m cubic metres of fresh top soil (with a pH of 6.5), 4 bags of cheap potting mix, fours bags of compost and two bags of cow manure. To this I add up to 1-2kg of GrowBetter organic fertiliser. Using this formulae I prepare the bed one weekend and the following weekend or two Iplant out with a range of flowering and food producing seeds and seedlings. I offer the formulae above as an example as so many people are purchasing easy to assemble metal raised garden beds. The above formulae using potting mix, compost, cow manure and organic fertiliser can be incorporated into a traditional garden bed and once prepared can be planted out literally immediately. With grasshoppers still active I would suggest six garden stakes be placed around the April means time to plant perimeter of the garden and a mosquito net barrier be erected. There is nothing worse than waking up the next day after planting and finding $40 worth of seedlings gone. Mosquito netting, hail netting and 50 per cent white shade cloth can all be used to keep grasshoppers at bay. With vegetable and flower seedlings I complement the use of an organic fertiliser by watering seedlings and seeds in with a liquid fertiliser. The liquid fertiliser tends to reduce the shock of transplanting seedlings, provides valued nutrients that are quickly taken up through the foliage and roots of the young seedlings. In the vegetable garden April is the optimum time to plant Asian greens beetroot, broadbeans, celery, lettuce, leeks, parsnips, peas and spinach. Broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chinese spinach, endive, onions, parsley, radish, shallots, snow peas, spring onions, swede and turnips can also be grown with great success. In the flower garden ageratum, alyssum, antirrhium (snapdragon), calendula, candytuft, canterbury bells, carnations, centurea (corn flower), chrysanthemum varieties, delphinium, dianthus, gypsophila, helichrysum, larkspur, lobelia, lupins, marigolds,nemesia, pansies, poppies, primula, stock, sweet peas, verbena, viola, and wallflowers can all be planted. Throughout the garden generally it is also an optimum time to plant strawberries, many winter herbs and citrus, grape vines, passionfruit and fruit trees. Carnations and calendulas always add colour to gardens. TUESDAY MAY 17 2016 LIFESTYLE 21 V1 - CAVE01Z01MA Louis Pasteur HAVING his entry picked as the winner of the April Centre Sales & Services draw came at a perfect time for long-time resident John Murray. He has selected AJ Services as the business to redeem his $250 prize. I always have my airconditioning pads cleaned at about this time of year and then cover them up for the winter, he said. I get AJ Services to do my pads all the time. They give a good service and are reliable. My airconditioning unit is 25 years old and still going strong. I have only had to replace the motor once. AJ Services co-proprietor Phil Muldoon said it was a good time for people to have their evaporative airconditioners cleaned so they would be ready when the hotter weather returns later in the year. It is the second time Mr Murray, who tries to send in an entry every week, has won the Centre Sales & Service draw, For your chance to win a $250 service from one if the businesses advertising in this section, fill in the coupon on this page and post it to PO Box 2500 Alice Springs NT 0871. There is a winner drawn every month. Winners cool timing Debbie Chapman, April Centre Sales & Services draw winner John Murray and Ethan Martin at AJ Services. plants purchased at your local nursery. Plant cloves a few centimetres below the surface into raised garden beds and space 8-10cms apart. If planting cloves plant with the pointy end facing up. Give the plants some fertiliser, 2 to 3 times throughout the growing season, an organic fertiliser being preferable. Reduce water at the end of Spring (4 weeks prior to harvesting) Garlic is sensitive to moisture stress while growing. Any periods of dry soil conditions especially during bulbing will result in reduced yields. For most soils 4-5cm of water per week should be sufficient, however, in sandy soils it should be 5cm or more especially during hot spells. As the plants mature close to harvest time Garlic the great all-rounder WINTER is a great time to planta range of not commonlygrown but highly beneficial crops in the home garden and garlic leads this list of specialty plants. Garlic, artichokes, asparagus, rhubarb and a range of spring herbs all providing food, medicinal outcomes, acting as pest deterrents or providing interest to the garden. One such example is garlic. Garlic is not often grown and yet is an easy crop to cultivate and can be used as a food, as a condiment, for medical purposes and is a great pest deterrent and has been harvested or cultivated for more than 5000 years. In Greece, Germany, Scandinavia and India the smell of garlic was used to protect against evil, to repel hungry vampires and was hung as a bouquet to ward off the devil. It was also used widely in charms and spells. Louis Pasteur first proved its antibacterial properties in 1858. It was announced as a great discovery, as at the time penicillin had yet to be discovered. Garlic can be planted any time from late autumn, though winter and well into spring. Traditionally, Ive always planted garlic in mid winter to early spring to be harvested in late summer however many home gardeners have great success planting in winter and harvesting in late Spring or early summer. Garlic will grow in a wide range of soils, however, it prefers high organic matter content soils due to their increased moisture and nutrient holding capacity. Dig in lots or compost or well-aged manure prior to planting. Plant garlic using individual cloves broken from a garlic clove or from established watering should be reduced. Harvest when plants have flowered and have turned 90% yellowy brown. Ease bulbs out with a fork, and let them dry in a warm semi-shaded spot for several days before hanging to dry for 4 weeks in a warm well ventilated location. Store then in a dry, cool, airy spot to prevent bulbs from rotting. One raw garlic clove a day is said to guard against high blood pressure, heart disease and fungal and bacterial infections. Garlic has so many varied uses in cooking and can be used as a pest deterrent. Garlic is rich in protein, vitamins A, B1 and C, it contains sulphur, zinc, copper, iron, chloride, calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus. Crushed and mixed with honey and lemon it eases coughs and colds. As a pest control there are many recipes available for its use. For example crush several cloves with some hot chillies in water for several days with a little soft soap, strain, dilute and spray on plants. Alternatively, crush five cloves and mix in diced chillies and black and cayenne pepper with enough vegetable oil to cover and allow to sit for several days. Strain and add one litre of water and bottle for future use. Dilute further when ready to use. These recipes are effective against aphides common at this time of the year and will deter other common garden pests like white fly. Maturing fruit crops can be protected from birds by being given a garlic spray, garlic spray is also said to be an effective cat and dog deterrent. As a companion plant garlic is effective when planted with roses, cabbages, eggplants, tomatoes and fruit trees. The much underrated garlic is good value for many uses. & SERVICES CENTRE SALES Keeping you cozy this Winter ajserv@internode.on.net | www.ajservice.net.au Coonara, Regency, Masport & Nectre wood heating Rinnai Gas heating Heater Flue and components Actron, Daikin, Toshiba & Rinnai Reverse cycle Airconditioning Professional & Helpful advice for your heating / cooling requirements 12 Wilkinson Street8952 7951 Air-conditioning Home appliances SALES SERVICE & SPARE PARTS SPECIALISTS Want to advertise your business but have a marketing budget of less than $100 per week? You can buY this space and still have change for lunch.* Phone the Advocate on 8950 9777 to fnd out how. *Centre Sales & Services advertising costs $90 per week (GST inclusive) with a minimum 8 week commitment. Dean OConnor 0428 523 321 PO Box 9001 Alice Springs NT 0871 Testing & tagging of equipment from workshop and offi ce including 3 phase Of Portable Electrical Equipment deanos.testntag@bigpond.com DEANOS TEST & TAG ALICE SPRINGS TOWING Tilt Tray Towing and 2 Car Trailer Wreck Removal and Disposal General Freight and Cartage Oversize Loads Self loading/unloading & relocating of up to 2x20 containers Mob: 0439 341 173 Phone/Fax: 8952 6864 Pool & Spa Construction Portable Spas & Saunas Heating & Pool Covers Pool & Spa Servicing Chemicals, Pumps, Filters & Chlorinators A: Larapinta Drive | P: 8952 5444 | F: 8952 6040 E: alicepoolandspa@internode.on.net entry coupon Not Transferable fnd Centre Sale and Service in the Advocate every Tuesday Name : Address: Phone: The business you would like to win $250 worth of products or service from: Post to Win a Centre Service; PO Box 2500, Alice Springs NT 0871 TUESDAY MAY 17 2016 LIFESTYLE 21 V1 - CAVE01Z01MA Louis Pasteur HAVING his entry picked as the winner of the April Centre Sales & Services draw came at a perfect time for long-time resident John Murray. He has selected AJ Services as the business to redeem his $250 prize. I always have my airconditioning pads cleaned at about this time of year and then cover them up for the winter, he said. I get AJ Services to do my pads all the time. They give a good service and are reliable. My airconditioning unit is 25 years old and still going strong. I have only had to replace the motor once. AJ Services co-proprietor Phil Muldoon said it was a good time for people to have their evaporative airconditioners cleaned so they would be ready when the hotter weather returns later in the year. It is the second time Mr Murray, who tries to send in an entry every week, has won the Centre Sales & Service draw, For your chance to win a $250 service from one if the businesses advertising in this section, fill in the coupon on this page and post it to PO Box 2500 Alice Springs NT 0871. There is a winner drawn every month. Winners cool timing Debbie Chapman, April Centre Sales & Services draw winner John Murray and Ethan Martin at AJ Services. plants purchased at your local nursery. Plant cloves a few centimetres below the surface into raised garden beds and space 8-10cms apart. If planting cloves plant with the pointy end facing up. Give the plants some fertiliser, 2 to 3 times throughout the growing season, an organic fertiliser being preferable. Reduce water at the end of Spring (4 weeks prior to harvesting) Garlic is sensitive to moisture stress while growing. Any periods of dry soil conditions especially during bulbing will result in reduced yields. For most soils 4-5cm of water per week should be sufficient, however, in sandy soils it should be 5cm or more especially during hot spells. As the plants mature close to harvest time Garlic the great all-rounder WINTER is a great time to planta range of not commonlygrown but highly beneficial crops in the home garden and garlic leads this list of specialty plants. Garlic, artichokes, asparagus, rhubarb and a range of spring herbs all providing food, medicinal outcomes, acting as pest deterrents or providing interest to the garden. One such example is garlic. Garlic is not often grown and yet is an easy crop to cultivate and can be used as a food, as a condiment, for medical purposes and is a great pest deterrent and has been harvested or cultivated for more than 5000 years. In Greece, Germany, Scandinavia and India the smell of garlic was used to protect against evil, to repel hungry vampires and was hung as a bouquet to ward off the devil. It was also used widely in charms and spells. Louis Pasteur first proved its antibacterial properties in 1858. It was announced as a great discovery, as at the time penicillin had yet to be discovered. Garlic can be planted any time from late autumn, though winter and well into spring. Traditionally, Ive always planted garlic in mid winter to early spring to be harvested in late summer however many home gardeners have great success planting in winter and harvesting in late Spring or early summer. Garlic will grow in a wide range of soils, however, it prefers high organic matter content soils due to their increased moisture and nutrient holding capacity. Dig in lots or compost or well-aged manure prior to planting. Plant garlic using individual cloves broken from a garlic clove or from established watering should be reduced. Harvest when plants have flowered and have turned 90% yellowy brown. Ease bulbs out with a fork, and let them dry in a warm semi-shaded spot for several days before hanging to dry for 4 weeks in a warm well ventilated location. Store then in a dry, cool, airy spot to prevent bulbs from rotting. One raw garlic clove a day is said to guard against high blood pressure, heart disease and fungal and bacterial infections. Garlic has so many varied uses in cooking and can be used as a pest deterrent. Garlic is rich in protein, vitamins A, B1 and C, it contains sulphur, zinc, copper, iron, chloride, calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus. Crushed and mixed with honey and lemon it eases coughs and colds. As a pest control there are many recipes available for its use. For example crush several cloves with some hot chillies in water for several days with a little soft soap, strain, dilute and spray on plants. Alternatively, crush five cloves and mix in diced chillies and black and cayenne pepper with enough vegetable oil to cover and allow to sit for several days. Strain and add one litre of water and bottle for future use. Dilute further when ready to use. These recipes are effective against aphides common at this time of the year and will deter other common garden pests like white fly. Maturing fruit crops can be protected from birds by being given a garlic spray, garlic spray is also said to be an effective cat and dog deterrent. As a companion plant garlic is effective when planted with roses, cabbages, eggplants, tomatoes and fruit trees. The much underrated garlic is good value for many uses. & SERVICES CENTRE SALES Keeping you cozy this Winter ajserv@internode.on.net | www.ajservice.net.au Coonara, Regency, Masport & Nectre wood heating Rinnai Gas heating Heater Flue and components Actron, Daikin, Toshiba & Rinnai Reverse cycle Airconditioning Professional & Helpful advice for your heating / cooling requirements 12 Wilkinson Street8952 7951 Air-conditioning Home appliances SALES SERVICE & SPARE PARTS SPECIALISTS Want to advertise your business but have a marketing budget of less than $100 per week? You can buY this space and still have change for lunch.* Phone the Advocate on 8950 9777 to fnd out how. *Centre Sales & Services advertising costs $90 per week (GST inclusive) with a minimum 8 week commitment. Dean OConnor 0428 523 321 PO Box 9001 Alice Springs NT 0871 Testing & tagging of equipment from workshop and offi ce including 3 phase Of Portable Electrical Equipment deanos.testntag@bigpond.com DEANOS TEST & TAG ALICE SPRINGS TOWING Tilt Tray Towing and 2 Car Trailer Wreck Removal and Disposal General Freight and Cartage Oversize Loads Self loading/unloading & relocating of up to 2x20 containers Mob: 0439 341 173 Phone/Fax: 8952 6864 Pool & Spa Construction Portable Spas & Saunas Heating & Pool Covers Pool & Spa Servicing Chemicals, Pumps, Filters & Chlorinators A: Larapinta Drive | P: 8952 5444 | F: 8952 6040 E: alicepoolandspa@internode.on.net entry coupon Not Transferable fnd Centre Sale and Service in the Advocate every Tuesday Name : Address: Phone: The business you would like to win $250 worth of products or service from: Post to Win a Centre Service; PO Box 2500, Alice Springs NT 0871 Hassle-free aircon AIR CONDITIONING SOLUTIONS AJ Services have the solution for you! ajserv@internode.on.net | www.ajservices.net.au Actron, Daikin, Toshiba, Bonaire, Braemar & Rinnai Design, Sales, Installation, Service & spare parts Evaporative Aircooler pads, Servicing and spare parts 12 Wilkinson Street 8952 7951 REGISTERED HOME IMPROVEMENT SCHEME BUSINESS - TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE OFFER NOW!! Want to advertise your business but have a marketing budget of less than $100 per week? You can buY this space and still have change for lunch.* Phone the Advocate on 8950 9777 to find out how. *Centre Sales & Services advertising costs $90 per week (GST inclusive) with a minimum 8 week commitment. 8 consecutive weeks will give you a FREE editorial and photo of your business Or you choose how many weeks of advertising you want For more information, please call the Centralian Advocate on 8950 9777 New sizes and discounted prices available Centre Sales & ServicesCentre Sales & Services SAVE UP TO CASUAL PRICES 70%OFF Pool & Spa Construction Portable Spas & Saunas Heating & Pool Covers Pool & Spa Servicing Chemicals, Pumps, Filters & Chlorinators A: Larapinta Drive | P: 8952 5444 | F: 8952 6040 E: alicepoolandspa@internode.on.net entry coupon Not Transferable find Centre Sale and Service in the Advocate every Tuesday Name : Address: Phone: The business you would like to win $250 worth of products or service from: Post to Win a Centre Service; PO Box 2500, Alice Springs NT 0871 Debbie Chapman, office manager and receptionist, at AJ Services, the name you can trust for sales, service and repairs when it comes to airconditioning. You can find them on ajservices.net.au


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