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Home Living : April 12th 2011
8 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, April 12, 2011 Autumn makeover » ADVERTISING FEATURE HOMELIVING Autumn is an important changeover month in the vegetable patch. Summer crops come to an end and winter crops take over. What you can grow in your garden is very much governed by your climate. In really warm areas, this is planting time for warmth-loving vegies such as tomatoes and beans. But, in colder regions, these are coming to an end. As the summer crops finish, pull out the spent plants, add them to the compost or dig them into the soil. This is especially important with legume-family plants like beans because they'll add extra nitrogen to the soil. Things move slowly As the weather cools, plants grow much more slowly, so patience will be required. But there's no reason why you can't continue to grow good vegetables right through the cooler months. Follow crop rotation Crop rotation is a complicated- sounding term for a fairly simple practice. The idea is that when you are planting a new crop, you choose a variety that is unrelated and unlike what was grown there immediately before. Hence, if you are removing tomatoes (a fruiting plant) replace them with, say, something leafy like lettuce. Beans (a legume) can be followed by carrots (a root vegetable). The reasoning behind this is that certain types of plants use up more of a particular nutrient. Making regular changes helps prevent the build-up of diseases in the soil. If you have the space, it's a good idea to leave part of the vegie garden empty so it has a rest over winter. Dig in some organic matter (old manure or compost) and don't replant until the next season. What to grow Broad beans; broccoli; brussels sprouts; cabbages; cauliflower; spinach; turnips. Details: yates.com.au Passion for restoration » ADVERTISING FEATURE Suzannah Williams renovated her first piece of furniture when she was 12 years old. And that passion for restoring antique and vintage furniture has developed into a successful online furniture company, Rustic Coast. Ms Williams set up her online business in 2009. She uses attractive paint finishes, fabrics and imagination to recreate preloved furniture, and also designs unique pieces of furniture to sell exclusively online for Rustic Coast. ''I have always been interested in renovating pieces, and changing things in my home for a fresh new look,'' Ms Williams said. About four years ago she bought an antique item for $10 then sold it on eBay for $385. Realising she could make a profit doing what she loved, she decided to start her own company. Her love of the sea inspires her use of colour, with many of the vintage tables, chairs, and cupboards transformed with ocean shades of soft greys, blues and greens. Her uniquely designed pieces include stunning weathered timber coffee tables, desks and kitchen stools named after Sydney's iconic beaches. She renovates up to three furniture pieces a week, while designing new items in her workshop at home. ''I love it, I am very happy sanding down a piece of wood,'' Ms Williams said. ''But it is labour intensive work, the stripping, sanding and varnishing; it takes a lot of work to make something look rustic.'' She admits the biggest perk to her job is that she can work from home while spending time with her husband, James and two children, Luke and Ella. Details:Rustic Coast is based at Vaucluse. 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