Eastern Courier : December 17th 2010
8 EASTERN COURIER, DECEMBER 17, 2010 NEWS HOWICK VILLAGE MARKET Market dates for December & January Last Saturday Market for 2010: Saturday 18 December 2010 Re-opening: Saturday 8 January 2011 Twilight Christmas Market: Thursday 23 December 4.00pm - 7.00pm Best wishes for the Holiday Season Howick Village Association www.howickvillage.co.nz Visit our showroom: 12/318 Beach Haven Road Open: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm Saturday 9am-1pm www.fonko.co.nz MITSUBISHI H.I INVERTER HEAT PUMPS & AIR CONDITIONERS No. 1 leading Mitsubishi H.I installer in Auckland 2006-2010 Mitsubishi Inverters From $2,299 Inc. GST and installation - 5 year warranty High energy rating - low running costs PH: 0800 4 FONKO (0800 4 36656) for a FREE quote HOT SUMMER SPECIALS $300 CASHBACK ON ALL MODELS! Now extended until 2011 3056961AL Call Window Answers now For a free measure and quote Tel: 836 6222 20K Te Pai Place, Henderson Blinds Vertical • Holland • Venetian • Wooden • Sunscreen Buy direct from the factory TIMBER SALE UP TO 60% OFF RRP • Australian Design Award • Uniline's Unique 5 Year Warranty Conditions Apply 50% on the retail price Save up to www.windowanswers.co.nz or email firstname.lastname@example.org IN958369 Advertising Feature garden Home& Police aim to outwit bag snatchers By NICOLA WILLIAMS Prevention message: Asian liaison officer Justin Zeng chats to Botany shoppers Margaret Scott-Harvey, left, and Jean Hintz. Photo: NICOLA WILLIAMS Thieves be warned -- police are one step ahead of you. Operation Bagged is work- ing to prevent bag snatches. It's to target hot offenders and hot locations,'' Asian liaison officer Justin Zeng says. The mobile police station is being set up at shopping centres to deter offenders and deliver crime prevention advice. We are educating people and letting them know simple steps they can follow,'' Mr Zeng says. Botany Town Centre Christmas shopper Jean Hintz was grateful for the advice. I think it's wonderful police are reminding people to be alert,'' she says. Mr Zeng says bag snatching isn't a major prob- lem but police don't want it to become one. There has been a big drop in bag snatching compared to two years ago.'' High visibility policing using the mobile police sta- tion is a contributing factor. During the holiday season we are going to saturate the place with police officers.'' Police urge shoppers to report any suspicious behav- iour. They are targeting known offenders to prevent further offences. Call 0508 4BAGGED if you have information about handbag snatching and robberies. BAG SAFETY Don't carry large amounts of cash Be aware of who is around you Before loading your car, put your handbag in your car and lock the doors Don't leave handbags unattended in a locked vehicle -- even if it is concealed If you think you are being followed, go to a place where there are other people and phone the police. Summer survival guide for your garden Summer is always a tough season for the gar- den. Add to that the fact that so many of us take holidays at this time of year, and its a wonder our gardens survive at all.So here are some tips to help your garden make it through the holidays. Water is the key to summer survival for plants but much of the water that's applied by conventional sprinklers or hoses is wasted. You can make the most of your water by installing a do-it-yourself micro- irrigation system that delivers water at the base of the plant where it gets straight into the roots. Think about investing in an electronically- controlled water timer to turn the watering sys- tem on and off, but be sure to get all the bugs out of the system before you leave for your vacation. Perhaps you can ask a neighbour to keep an eye on the system while you are away. You can help water penetrate into hard or compacted soil by lightly forking over the soil, taking care not to dam- age roots. Before you go away, check all your mulches and top up if needed (never spread mulch on dry soil). Well-chosen plants can survive for long periods without watering. But if you're going away for a few weeks, you'll need to arrange for vulnerable plants to be watered. Potted plants are the ones most at risk, so here are some suggestions: Group pots together. This keeps them cooler and increases the humidity around them. Move as many pots as possible into the shade. Mulch the top of each pot with Yates Bloom De ´cor Bark or a layer of pre-moistened Hauraki Peat. Use Yates Waterwise Water-Storing Crystals wherever possible. Add these to water, allow them to absorb the moisture and swell. Next, use a hollow tube to take out plugs of potting mix, then spoon the jelly-like crystals down into the holes. Once you've done this, top with more mix. Do the same in the soil around established plants. Gather indoor plants in thebathontopofa dampened towel. As soon as you can after you arrive home, take a walk in the gar- den and check for any pest, disease or weed problems that might have developed while you've been away.
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