Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Few More Christmas Gift Ideas

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Few More Christmas Gift Ideas

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Byline: VALERIE AND GERRY ZWART

CHRISTMAS gift ideas are bound to be foremost in everyone's minds at this time, and having initiated a couple of suggestions last week, we'll include some more ideas to help you.

Many of us enjoy giving something we've created ourselves, and there would be very few of our friends and family who would not appreciate that personal input. Several months ago, we told you about the worm composter pot we purchased at the garden show, and feel this would be a great gift for someone you know who has fairly limited space.

It is called Composta, and you can find out everything you need to know online by going to www.composta.com.au.

Our suggestion is, you may like to have it sent to you, then set it up following the simple instructions and using top-quality potting mix.

Add some herbs such as parsley, sage and basil on one side, and lettuce and silverbeet on the other side.

People living in units, flats, retirement villages and those with small outdoor areas could set one of these up on their deck/patio/veranda and enjoy having the fresh produce and herbs always available, and it's the perfect way to dispose of kitchen scraps - no onion, citrus or meat, of course.

Hanging baskets are always popular, as are good-sized urns to make attending to them easy to access for anyone with back problems. If you plant these up with some of the recipient's favourite plants, you'll also be on a winner. Garden lovers will usually have some plants that will provide you with good cuttings to get some tried-and-true plants established if you get started now. Think of such little beauties as fuchsias. We have three new plants from cuttings we took just over a month ago (two in flower already).

Then there are hosts of different upright geraniums, ivy pelargoniums, Christmas cactus, bromeliads, a very broad range of begonias, cacti and succulents - the list is almost endless.

But if you're going to try this idea, you'll need to do it pretty soon to have the plants well- established before giving them away, so do start now. …

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