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ARABELLA, AGED 2, SWAN VIEW, WA
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OLIVE, AGED 4, WILTON, NSW
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LEVI, 6 YEARS, KINCUMBER, NSW

The winner this issue is Levi Orenshaw, aged 6 from Kincumber. Congratulations Levi you receive a set of Little Permies activity cards.

Parents send in photos of your kids in the garden or with their homegrown produce to win a download of Grow Do It, the latest Formidable Vegetable Sound System CD. This album is for kids who want to be able to look after themselves, the place where they live and the people they live with by growing and eating healthy food, growing a healthy mind & body and feeling inspired to do amazing things that can change the world!

To enter send name, age and address of child to maude@pipmagazine.com.au.

HOW TO MAKE MINI WICKING BEDS

Words by Scotty Rrama Photos by Wendy Hughes

My people are the Yolngu of Arnhem Land, NT. I live in Galiwin’ku community on Elcho Island. Caring for our country is important in our culture, we are connected to the land. Plastic is a big problem on a remote island, so we reduce, reuse and recycle whenever we can. Here is one way we like to recycle drink bottle containers:

Wicking beds are self-watering beds for plants. They absorb water from a container kept below the soil. This way the soil is watered when it needs it and is less likely to dry out.

Here is a very simple way to make mini wicking beds using recycled waste products.

Step 1. Get a plastic bottle and cut it in half.

Step 2. Take off the lid and put a rag in the bottle’s top half.

Step 3. Cut a window in the bottom half (for watering and overflow).

Step 4. Fill up the bottom with water, checking that the rag is sitting in the water (so it can wick up).

Step 5. Put the top half upside down into the bottom half and fill the top up with soil.

Step 6. Plant any seeds you like and enjoy your new garden! Make sure to keep the bottom half filled with water so your plants don’t go thirsty.

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