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Home Living : September 7th 2010
Full-brick is fab HOMELIVING » ADVERTISING FEATURE Australia is a country known for its extreme weather -- long, baking-hot days in summer and shivering cold spells throughout the winter months. So when it comes to building, careful consideration should be given to using materials to keep the family home at an even temperature throughout the year. Research conducted by Austral Bricks and the University of Newcastle has clearly shown that full-brick homes are ideal for our Australian climate. ''As the temperature changes through the day, the thermal mass of bricks acts to control or moderate temperature swings," marketing manager for Austral Bricks NSW Natalie Frendo said. ''A modern full-brick house, passively designed, is comfortable in cold weather for the same reason it stays cool in hot weather -- because the thermal mass of the brick walls acts as a temperature controller. They absorb heat from the sun during the daytime and release it at night when it is cooler. ''When you walk into a full-brick home you can immediately hear the difference. External noise, such as cars, trucks, lawnmowers and aircraft, is dramatically reduced. At the same time, noise generated internally, such as loud music or children playing, is muffled by the brick walls, making life much more pleasant for family members,'' Ms Frendo said. With so much emphasis on reducing our home's carbon footprint, passive full- brick construction is also a winner, capitalising on the reduced energy required to keep your home cooler in summer and warmer in winter. There are less materials used for painting, cleaning and repairing. Details: fullbrick.com.au or 1800 670 235 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, September 7, 2010 7 Here's food for thought The arrival of spring brings exciting opportunities to make a new start in the edible garden. Here are some timely seasonal suggestions: Remove winter vegies that are past their best. Compost the remnants Turn over soil and mix in some compost or aged manure and some Dynamic Lifter pellets If the bed has been used to grow vegies for a number of years, think about giving it a season's rest Practise crop rotation, planting a crop that is unrelated to the previous one. Say, trying zucchini after lettuce As soon as soil loses its chill, sow beans, sweet corn and tomatoes In cold areas, seeds of these warm season varieties can be sown in pots for transplanting as weather gets warmer Build raised-up mounds for planting cucurbit family (cucumbers, pumpkins, zucchini, melons and squash). Pinch out tops of broad beans as they flowering to encourage more blooms. Harvest regularly to get more beans. Eggplants, okra and capsicums take a while to get to fruiting stage, so start them as soon as it's warm enough Sow a few lettuce seedlings every couple of weeks to spread the harvest Plant out sprouted potatoes and chokos. In warmer climates, plant sweet potato cuttings and ginger roots. Well-established asparagus clumps will be producing new spears that can be cut and enjoyed in spring. But remember that young asparagus plants shouldn't be harvested until at least their second year. Warmth-loving herbs like basil and dill can be planted now. Both chives and curled parsley make charming edges for the borders of vegie beds. Remember, climbing plants take up less space than their low-growing cousins Use low-toxic solutions when pests and problems attack edible plants Details: yates.com.au Contact your local advertising consultant for information or call 9689 5395. Reach renovators and decorators. 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