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Home Living : September 21st 2010
HLF - HOME LIVING: NORTH WEST, Tuesday, September 21, 2010 7 Sweet and simple » ADVERTISING FEATURE HOMELIVING Spring is probably the busiest season in the garden. Plants are waking up, mulch needs to be removed, your spring clean-up has to be done -- and all before you can start planting this year's garden. Start the growing season off right by filling your gardens with cool season flowers and vegetables. Beans are one of the best choices for anyone starting their vegie patch. As experienced vegetable growers will tell you, beans are easy to grow from seed, suffer from few pests and diseases and are very nutritious. Beans (excluding broad beans) have subtropical origins and shouldn't be sown until the soil has warmed and there's no longer any danger of frosts. Because they're legumes and can capture their own nitrogen from the atmosphere, they don't need very much fertiliser. Before planting, dig some fertiliser into well-drained soil in a sunny spot. Water the bed well in the afternoon and sow the next morning while the soil's still moist. Unless it's very hot and windy, the bed shouldn't need watering again until after the seedlings have emerged. Bean seeds rot easily in wet spots, especially if the soil is still cold. Pick bean pods while they're young and tender. This encourages more beans to develop. Dwarf beans Although these low- growers don't need a trellis or fence to climb on, they will occasionally, especially in cloudy weather, produce long, semi-climbing tendrils that will need to be pruned back. Sow new dwarf beans every couple of weeks right through the warm weather. Climbing beans Climbing beans are well worth growing as they produce heavy crops over a long period and their verticality means they take up little room. Ensure some sort of climbing support is in place before sowing. Details: yates.com.au Ten ways to save This Spring, think sustainability. To get the idea started, September 12 was celebrated as Sustainable House Day and to mark the occasion, the Association of Building Sustainability Assessors (ABSA) has 10 simple tips. ABSA CEO Alison Carmichael said the day gave people the chance to get a real-life look inside houses designed, built or fitted out with sustainability in mind, and to exchange ideas. ''ABSA's members are accredited assessors and can visit homes and calculate the building's energy and water use, and provide advice on how to improve environmental performance,'' Ms Carmichael said. The Home Sustainability Assessment Scheme (HSAS) was set up as part of the federal government's Green Loans program. While loans are no longer available, free assessments are. Details: www.absa.net.au Here are ABSA's 10 simple tips for your home, with potential yearly savings: 1 Install a AAA showerhead -- save up to $100 pa; 2 Get rid of that old second fridge ($200); 3 Use energy-efficient light bulbs ($50) ; 4 Switch off lights when you're not in the room ($25); 5 Don't over-heat or over-cool rooms ($50); 6 Close doors, cover windows and seal draughts ($50); 7 Wash clothes in cold water($40); 8 Use the clothesline instead of the dryer when the sun shines ($40); 9 Don't leave appliances in standby mode($50); and 10 Don't run your pool pump for too long ($75). Details: sustainablehouseday.com shutters curtains blinds Free in home consultation or visit our showroom at 48 Windsor Road, Kellyville 9629 9445 www.stylehouse.net.au 2043032i hlf wk13 shutters • roman blinds • holland blinds • motorisation • sunscreens venetians • home theatre rooms • panel glides • curtains • poles/tracks Local AWARD WINNING one stop window covering shop SALE NOW ON www.impala.com.au OPEN 7 DAYS kitchens &bathrooms ...and get Caesarstone for Laminate* Order now for Pre-Christmas Delivery NEW IMPALA SHOWROOM NOW OPEN AT BROOKVALE 475 Pittwater Rd Ph: 9907 2729 Showrooms also at PENNANT HILLS 370 Pennant Hills Rd (Cnr Fisher Ave) Ph: 9483 2222 DRUMMOYNE 125 Victoria Rd Ph: 9819 6915 *With every complete kitchen sold. Not available in conjunction with any other offer. Conditions apply. Bld. Lic. No. 151088C STYLE SERVICE DESIGN 2117082i hlf wk11 Instyle Blinds and Shutters Pty Ltd
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