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Green your world: Grow veggies in recycled containers

Jul 17, 2019 2:36:54 PM Share this:

If you’re keen on being ‘green’ and healthy this year, now might be a great time to plant up a veggie garden and start growing your own salad, soup and stew ingredients.

You really don’t need a lot of space to plant and grow your vegetables.
 

And the good news is that you really don’t need a lot of space - especially if you use containers, says Berry Everitt, CEO of the Chas Everitt International property group.

“A courtyard outside your kitchen, a terrace or even a balcony will do, as long as it gets about five or six hours of sun a day (more is too much for leafy veggies like lettuce), and it is not too windy and not too far from a water source,” says Everitt.

You also don’t need to go out and buy special containers, he says.

1. Recycle old pots

“You can recycle old buckets, washtubs, tyres, coffee cans and even baskets (lined with a bin bag) as well as any old plant pots you have handy to hold your veggies, as long as they have adequate drainage. And if they don’t already, you can create it by drilling a few holes in the bottom and putting in a layer of gravel or small stones,” says Everitt.

2. Make use of big mesh plastic

“The big plastic mesh bags that dog food, cement and fertiliser are packed in can also be used if you wash them out and roll down the tops before filling with the gravel layer and your growing mixture. This should be a mixture of peat moss, potting soil with vermiculite and some good quality compost to boost growth.”

Writing in the Property Signposts newsletter, Everitt says you should position your containers before you fill them and they become too heavy to move around - and leave some space between or around them so you can water and weed easily. Putting some gravel down on these ‘pathways’ will also help to repel snails.

“Almost any kind of veggies can be grown in containers although most will require a depth of at least 12cm to 20cm to allow proper rooting. Use your smaller containers for things like radishes, spring onions and herbs, medium-size ones for tomatoes, peppers, carrots, lettuce, spinach and egg plants, and the large ones for bush beans and ‘vine-growers’ like squash, cucumbers and courgettes. Potatoes will do very well in a stack of old tyres that you fill as they grow.”

3. If you have a small space, plant different crops in close proximity

If you only have a small space, companion planting is a very good idea not only so that you can get a good mix of edibles from your containers, but also so that your plants can help each other fight off pests and put nutrients back in the soil, says Everitt.

“Lettuce and peppers do well when planted together with onions or garlic, for example, while basil and celery are good companions for tomatoes, and mielies (corn) are good with any kind of squash or pumpkin. Marigolds scattered in between your veggies are also good pest repellents, while peas and beans put nutrients back into the soil where you are growing carrots and other root veggies.”

4. Water your vegetables correctly

Watering correctly is also very important when growing veggies and you need to be careful not to let your containers dry out when it is very hot or windy, he says.

“It is really easy to set up a simple drip-irrigation system for your container garden, but otherwise you should apply water with a watering-can or a fine spray attachment on a garden hose, preferably in the early morning or evening when it is cooler,” says Everitt.

“And lastly, you need to remember to feed the garden that feeds you, by mixing in some more compost or liquid organic fertiliser every time you replant one of your containers.”


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Topics: DIY, Gardening, Recycling

Is Your Home Sale-Ready?

Jul 16, 2019 10:04:45 AM Share this:

You’re ready to sell your house, but is your house ready for sale?


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Topics: Selling, Property Tips

Rentvesting: a property investment strategy

Jun 25, 2019 2:09:00 PM Share this:

It’s the latest buzzword in the property industry: Rentvesting. Renting where you want to live, buying where you can afford to. And it’s proving a popular option, particularly amongst younger first home buyers who are keen to invest in their future without foregoing their lifestyle. So, what are the benefits of rentvesting and is it for everyone? Read on to find out.


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Topics: Australia Property, Australia Real Estate, first home buyer, buying property, Second Home, finance health check, family trust, rentvesting

Preparing Your Home For Extreme Weather

Jun 21, 2019 2:05:35 PM Share this:

No one wants to find themselves in a situation where they’re faced with mounting repair bills because of unforseen weather events. It’s true that the weather is unpredictable, but that doesn’t mean you can’t prepare your home to cope with the damaging weather that is sometimes thrown our way. Here is what you can do to ensure you are effectively preparing your home for extreme weather.


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Topics: Property Tips, Newsletter

The June 2019 issue of Property Focus is here!

Jun 11, 2019 12:28:19 PM Share this:

In this month's issue, we look at organising your garage like a pro, plus our tips for selecting a great neighbourhood. Property Focus is available monthly by subscription through your local Harcourts office.


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Topics: Newsletters, property focus

2019 Harcourts Hall of Fame Australia Induction

May 28, 2019 2:19:28 PM Share this:

An excerpt from the Hall of Fame Induction, 27th May 2019

We have had the privilege to witness 34 exemplary people receive this award – all of them outstanding individuals who are brilliant examples of the qualities that we hold dear throughout Harcourts. They are people of purpose and conviction in both their personal and professional lives, and they have collectively left an indelible mark on this organisation.


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Topics: Awards, Hall Of Fame

Organising Your Garage Like a Pro

May 22, 2019 6:42:00 AM Share this:

A messy garage is overwhelming, to say the least. After years of accumulating “stuff” a good purge is necessary, especially if you plan to move.


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Topics: Advice, Home Ownership

How to select a great neighbourhood

May 21, 2019 4:49:31 PM Share this:

Moving to a new town or city can be overwhelming, particularly if you're trying to choose a neighbourhood to buy a home in. While it’s true that what a great neighbourhood looks like can differ person to person, all great neighbourhoods do share some common factors that are universally appealing. Here we explore 10 signs the neighbourhood you live in (or would like to live in) is a good one.


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Topics: Residential, Selling, Buying

Top Tips For Buying Off Plan

Apr 17, 2019 11:18:09 AM Share this:

Buying off the plan is becoming an increasingly popular option for good reason. As well as getting a brand new home, you’re also buying at a set price and usually only need a small deposit. However, if you do decide to go down this route, it’s vital you go in with your eyes wide open. Here are some of the things you need to think about when buying off the plan, brought to you by our partners Mortgage Express.


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Topics: Newsletters, Buying Off-The-Plan, Buying Off-Plan, Australia Property, Australia Mortgage

Bring your bathroom up to date

Apr 16, 2019 11:10:58 AM Share this:

Bathrooms are one of the rooms in your home that can add value with some simple changes. Here are some great ideas for bring out the best in your bathroom.

While it’s often one of the smallest rooms in your home, that doesn’t mean bathrooms need to be bland and boring. Use the right colours together, add the right materials and that poky little bathroom space can easily become an oasis of calm.

Look to nature
Nature has always had a strong influence on choices and never more so than now. Natural, botanical schemes are trending throughout the home right now, including bathrooms.

Think crisp whites, creams, forest greens and natural, organic materials. Earthy greens would look very sophisticated in an earthy bathroom. For a daring look, try a navy or bold wallpaper.

Open up the space with glass
Back-painted glass splashbacks have become an extremely popular kitchen feature in recent years, and now they’re starting to make an appearance in bathrooms as well, particularly in soft blues and greens. Try restful pastels teamed with crisp white trims for an instantly soothing palette.This pairs well with the chalky pale mineral blue and green tiles that are a popular pick for their soothing properties.

Embrace technology
Traditionally technology isn’t something that has been associated with bathrooms, but built-in televisions and speakers are the perfect accompaniment for long luxurious soaks in the bath. New, mirrored flat TV technology can be installed anywhere – on the wall, on the ceiling, behind artwork, or embedded in a bathroom mirror. You need a waterproof version, of course, where the electronic compartments are completely sealed off from any moisture.

 

Keep it simple
The move towards minimalism and simplicity is becoming more popular and brings with it sophisticated concrete finishes. Walk-in showers are popular.

Banish the clutter by allowing for plenty of storage. Clean vanity tops and surfaces will make your bathroom seem more spacious.

Add colour
Paint is such an affordable way to update your space. You only need a few litres to completely transform the space.

Watery blues and greens are always popular choices for a bathroom as they feel clean and fresh and help to make a small space feel larger. Recent trends have seen more soft greys and blue greys, such as silver and duck egg blue, coming into the bathroom space also teamed with off white.

If you’re stuck with existing tiles that limit your options for decorating but you can’t afford to replace them, consider painting over them. Many tiles have a glossy surface so use a surface sealer first to give the topcoats something to grip onto.

While a well-ventilated bathroom has a lower risk of damage, it's still important to use the correct paint. A waterborne enamel for a hard wearing and washable finish, while in kitchens and bathrooms use a mould inhibitor, which reduces the risk of mould growth.

 

 


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Topics: Newsletters, DIY, Investing in Property, Home Decor & Furnishing