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Coasting : Issue 6 Dec 2009
25 www.coastingtoday.com.au COASTING GARDEN www.gosfordracing.com.au firstname.lastname@example.org Racecourse Road, West Gosford From 50 to 450 of your closest friends! ONE OF THE FINEST, MOST EXCLUSIVE VENUES AVAILABLE ON THE CENTRAL COAST Choose from a range of modern venues for your Wedding, Cocktail Party, Marquee Event, Special Event Dinner Fine dining, cocktail and buffet packages available. In consultation with our caterers we will design a package that suits your needs. 4325 0461 CALL OUR PROFESSIONAL AND EXPERIENCED EVENTS TEAM TODAY TO SECURE YOUR PERFECT DATE! EVENTS CENTRE By DAVID STEWART Eco-friendly fibre pots Anew eco-fibre pot being developed by an innovative Central Coast plant breeding company promises to significantly reduce the need for plastic pots. Ramm Botanicals, which has sites at Somersby and Tuggerah, gave Coasting a sneak peek at its eco-fibre pot during the recent launch of the Bush Pizzazz kangaroo paw at Somersby. The eco-fibre pot is made from coconut fibre and latex, and can be planted straight into the ground. It holds soil and water well, and has surprising structural integrity, allowing the pot and plant to be handled and shifted from place to place, just as you would a plant in a plastic pot. But unlike a plastic one, the eco-fibre pot won't end up cluttering your garage or garden shed before eventually ending up in landfill. "It's fully biodegradable and made from renewable resources," Ramm Botanicals managing director Jeff Cooke said. "While the plant is growing in the ground, the pot simply biodegrades." And the public response to the eco-fibre pot had been "fantastic", Mr Cooke said. Gardeners who choose not to put their new plant into the ground, and instead choose to keep it in the eco-fibre pot, say, on a patio, are also in for a surprise. As the plant's roots grow through the coconut fibre container, they simply become "air pruned". This is in contrast to plants left to outgrow a plastic pot. Such plants become root-bound when the roots continue to grow and spiral around inside their plastic confines. Root- bound plants rarely thrive. Ramm Botanicals is continuing extensive testing of the new eco-fibre pots. It hopes to have the pots on the market, and available from retail plant nurseries, in 2010. BIODEGRADABLE: The new eco-fibre pot being developed by Ramm Botanicals is made of coconut fibre and latex. The pots can be planted straight into the ground. Pictures by Aaron Brown. LAUNCH: The Bush Pizzazz kangaroo paw smothers itself in deep magenta flowers for much of the year, and is well suited to patio pot or garden planting. It's part of the Ramm Botanicals Bush Gems range of hybridised Australian natives.
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