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Sun newspapers Wed 21 May 2014



Sun newspapers Wed 21 May 2014


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin Region

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12 GARDENING WEDNESDAY MAY 21 2014 SUBE01Z01MA - V1 Plant out gingers HERE are my top tips for your garden this week: Plant ginger and heliconia rhizomes as soon as possible after separating before they become too dried out, especially if you bought some at the Country Garden Fair on Mothers Day weekend. Keep an eye on ginger plants that flower at the top; leave flower on the stalk after it has died off and it will produce new plants. Snap off in clusters of three to five, and pot up, or plant directly in the ground. Gingers grow best in part shade. Be aware of die back in rose bushes at this time of year, given the change of season and dryness, particularly for roses growing in full sun. Mulch, mulch, mulch. Its very important during the dry season, to retain moisture in the ground and keep plant roots cool. Hay mulch is excellent for soil conditioning during the decomposition process. It promotes microorganisms in the soil and improves plant health. Aim to have a single stem/trunk growth on shade trees or feature trees for a more beautified, structured look. This also enables easy access under trees without hindrance of lateral branches at head height, as well as easy access for mowing. Deter corellas/cockatoos from stealing your tasty passionfruit by netting or hanging up mobile deterrents. The latter method is shortlived though, as they soon get to know the deterrents are permanent fixtures. I have randomly sprouted passionfruit vines to distract from my main produce area. The Wet may be an optimum time for propagating cuttings but in the Top End you can do it all year round. Ensure they are placed in a shaded area and kept moist at all times. Roots should emerge within four to six weeks. Eileen Hamlett in her Palmerston garden, which she will open to the public this weekend. Leafy retreat in small spaces THIS weekends Open Garden is a pair of Palmerston gardens that demonstrate how smaller spaces can provide all the interest, pleasure, beauty and inspiration of a larger garden. The two gardens are in the leafy neighbouring suburbs of Bakewell and Gunn, one each side of Buscall Avenue. Lyns Garden is at 5 Ashburton Way in Gunn, and has a tranquil outlook over the Sanctuary Lakes. The compact garden is carefully structured and precisely planted. The elevated corner fish pond, with solar powered fountain, was constructed by garden owner Evelyn Adams, along with much of the paving. Colour comes from desert roses, cottage garden plants, flowering shrubs and waterlilies in the fish pond. Cool green areas of lawn set off the garden beds, and densely planted side gardens provide great privacy. An unusual feature is a small stand of sugar cane, adding a very distinctive tropical note. Small sugar cane plants will be on sale this weekend. The other garden is Eileens Garden at 17 Cabman Court in Bakewell. This larger garden belongs to Eileen Hamlett, who has a background in the nursery industry. She moved from a large rural block some years ago, and has found new gardening challenges and fulfilment in her suburban home. Shes opted for large garden beds, expanses of attractive rock and an extensive collection of potted plants. Shrubs and colourful flowering plants fill every corner, along with rare plants. Admission to each garden is $5, or $9 for both, 18 and under free. Gardens open from 10am to 4.30pm, Saturday and Sunday. www.intouchre.com - 65 Allwright St, Wanguri NT 0810 - Licensed Real estate agents Danielle Wilks 0418 923 131 Sam Wilks 0402 152 929 I told her to go with NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN AWARDS NIGHT 29 August 2014 SKYCITY LAWNS ENTER NOW lisa.tripp@mbant.com.au or call 08 8922 9666Entries close Thursday 12th June 2014 Full back up service - we service what we sell We Wont leave you high & dry 8932 2022 sales.scross@octa4.net.au - PuMPS - irrigation - tanKS - Filtration Small or Large Groups If you need a bus give Steve a call Mandala Room LIVING WATER SPA Colouring books for ages 4-104 Therapeutic aromatherapy-ultrasonic baths for body, Mind and Soul Mandala meditaion Fridays 6pm Colour your prayer life Saturdays 10am Phone 8985 2649 WELLNESS CENTRE NOW OPEN www.livingwaterspa.com.au contact@livingwaterspa.com.au consultant room available for like-minded practitioners Does your Property Manager bring you joy? 65 Allwright St, Wanguri NT 0810 - Licensed Real estate agents For more info: www.intouchre.com 0402 152 929 sam@intouchre.com

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