North Shore Times : January 13th 2011
5 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 13, 2011 NEWS Find us on Facebook SPECIAL OFFERS 3376185CK FENCE-RITE SOLUTIONS Specialising in • Retaining Walls • Fences & Gates • Decks 97C Luckens Rd Massey Ph 416 5984 Mob: 021 127 5590 www.fence-ritesolutions.com If you find the same item at the same price, we will beat it by 10% UNBELIEVABLE BOOK BARGAINS Thousands of Bargains in Store Today! 1 Rothwell Avenue, Albany Ph: 447 3010 Open 7 Days, 10am4pm Cash or Eftpos THOUSANDS OF BOOKS MUST GO PRICED FROM $3 - $15 $3.00 EACH $5.00 EACH $7.00 EACH * While Stock Lasts, New and Slightly Shopped soiled books available at tender age of eight Water bearers: Alicia Brock, left, and Jessie Jones love gardening. A brave face: These kids are all smiles despite the stinky horse manure they're shovelling. From left: Abby and Charlotte Grieve, Alicia Brock and Sammy Taylor. North Shore school to teach me their secret recipe. Worldly Jessie can tell me that the horse poo in the mix really stinks -- even if it does come from miniature horses. There are plenty of other nicer smelling things that go in, like cof- fee grounds, and it s lots of fun, Jessie promises. The eight-year-old is among chil- dren who give up most of their lunchtime once a week to learn to grow fruit and veggies with Savannah Carter-Green. The first child to turn up excitedly brings snowpeas to plant but will need to wait a few weeks until the garden is ready. Another child thoughtfully brings egg cartons to add to the compost mix. Fruit and vegetables thrive in their school garden thanks to the compost and the savvy kids also sell it at the gate to offset gardening expenses. The first layer is good clean fun -- rolling up balls of newspaper. The next layers get progressively smellier but the kids don t mind a bit.It becomes a back-to-basics sci- ence lesson. We switch between nitrogen and carbon (a 3:1 ratio) in layers, with activators snuck in between to heat things up. The compost will reach 65 degrees which kills off weeds and seeds. The children tell me it will also cook a potato wrapped in tinfoil in a couple of hours. The nitrogen layers include kelp from Bethells Beach, coffee grounds from a Jervois Rd cafe and dung from local board member Margaret Miles miniature horses. Carbon layers feature straw, egg cartons and newspaper. Activators -- like blood and bone, comfrey, cleavers (biddy-bids) and horse poo mixed with water -- are dotted in clumps between the layers to heat things up. When the horse poo tea comes out Savannah jokingly offers them a drink. She s greeted with a loud chorus of: Ewww! The children s enthusiastic shov- elling makes light work of making a big pile of compost that must be a cubic metre. One look at the children s garden and thriving fruit trees is enough to proof that these kids are already smart gardeners.
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