Eastern Courier : May 25th 2011
17 EASTERN COURIER, MAY 25, 2011 NEWS PHONE: 576 5990 www.pakurangaparkvillage.co.nz • Enjoy the freedom of NO external home maintenance • Enjoy large luxury villas with Internal Garaging • Enjoy the 24hour on site security • Enjoy the privacy, space and park like surroundings • Enjoy a true village atmosphere • Enjoy the Half Moon Bay location and all it offers • Enjoy the activities, amenities and the companionship Independent Villas Serviced Apartments Rest Home OPEN WEEKEND SATURDAY 28th MAY 10AM- 4PM AND SUNDAY 29th MAY 10AM- 4PM Follow the Show Home signs Visit us at the show homes New Independent Apartments NOW open to view Fortunes Road, Pakuranga Clothing Bin Locations for Pink Bags Blue Child Cancer Foundation bins are available all over Auckland for pink clothing bags, any used Clothing, Footwear, Toys, Bric-a-Brac and anything useable.There's one near you. PAKURANGA PLAZA, REEVES RD ENTRY Anchorage Park School, Pakuranga REEVES RD HEIGHT FOUR SQUARE Riverina School, Pakuranga PAKURANGA TENNIS CLUB White Acres Rd Shops, Pakuranga PIGEON MOUNTAIN SCHOOL Macleans Primary School HIGHLAND PARK SHOPPING CENTRE HOWICK INTERMEDIATE Cascades Kindy, Cascades Rd BOTANY DOWNS PRIMARY Millhouse Rd Shops, Botany Downs MEADOWLANDS SHOPPING CENTRE Owairoa School, Howick LYTTON RD SHOPS Stewards Garage, Cockle Bay SHELLY PARK SCHOOL Somerville School POINT VIEW SCHOOL Just Kidz, Willowbank, Dannemora You help a lot when you drop pink clothing bags in one of the above bins. Any used clothing acceptable, other bags and cartons of clothing acceptable. If you can't get to a bin or have large items phone for a collector to call ph: 622 1791 or 029 230 4439. Thank you for helping. 3596993AV Asthma calls urged Parents of children with asthma are being encou- raged to call an ambu- lance sooner rather than later if their child's asthma concerns them. St John is supporting the Asthma Foundation's work to reduce danger- ous asthma attacks. We ask those with asthma to call an ambu- lance early and not to wait,'' the ambulance service's medical adviser Dr Craig Ellis says. He says parents should get an asthma plan from www.asthma foundation.org.nz and fill it out with their child and GP. Farm crawling with nutrients By HINERANGI VAIMOSO Worm talk: Even Basil the dog's hair trimmings go into Walter and Teresa Scheer's worm farm. Photo: HINERANGI VAIMOSO It's a relatively new trend for many of us but for Walter and Teresa Scheer worm farming has been a 20-year passion. The couple got on board the environmental bandwagon after a friend gave them a mini-worm farm. Nowadays they run two worm farms and are encouraging others to do the same. The Scheers immedi- ately saw the potential to complement their tra- ditional composting sys- tem and provide another way of turning their food waste into fertiliser. They say they've shared the experience with family, friends and neighbours, helping them to start their own worm farms and compost heaps. Food waste is added to the farm daily and the couple say they have plenty of worm castings and worm tea for their soil, fruit trees, vege- table gardens and plants. Definitely give it go but learn first to do it well so you avoid any hassles,'' they say. Worm farming is easy and rewarding but there are a few tricks to get- ting it right, the Scheers say. People can learn all the tricks in Auckland Council's Create Your Own Eden courses held throughout the year. The Scheers say their worm farming system starts with an icecream container for holding food scraps. Each day those scraps are tipped on to the top of the covered round plastic worm farm that sits in the shade at the back of the house. The Scheers have also found sheep dags and their pet dog Basil's hair trimmings are beneficial to add around the edges. The worms appear to love the wool and chemical-free hair as habitat and a small amount of sheep dung in the wool is a great feed''. Over about a week the special tiger worms eat the scraps and excrete it out as liquid -- worm tea or solid waste -- castings. The tea gets poured off from the worm farm's sump each week to feed the garden and a couple of times each year the Scheers harvest the castings from a lower tray to use as fertiliser. The tea is excellent plant food and the pure castings are a fantastic slow-release fertiliser.'' Go to createyourown eden.org.nz or call Sue Martin at Auckland Council on 301-0101 for more information on Create Your Own Eden workshops.
May 20th 2011
May 27th 2011