North Shore Times : January 21st 2010
6 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 21, 2011 Advertising Feature Living Home 3 THERE'S A LOT OF TALK ABOUT WHAT MAKES A GOOD PROPERTY INVESTMENT. HERE'S WHAT ONE LOOKS LIKE With interest rates at an all time low and a predicted shortage of rental accommodation on the Shore the time will never be better to get started on your own low risk rental property investment. If you have equity in your own home and a property size of over 600m2 you may be able to build a brand new minor dwelling in your own backyard. We can show you how. Rental returns of 9% or more are possible making this a cashflow -- positive investment. We can handle the entire process for you, no fuss, just hand your tenant the keys on completion. Come and walk through our Display Home at 1/18 Cowley Place, Albany or call us on 09 4145092. Open 8am to 5pm weekdays and 9am to 1pm Saturday. www.versatile.co.nz Speedy summer vegies With Christmas behind us and so many people at home on holidays, this can be a good time to get out into the vegie patch and plant some home grown produce. You can get an early start by sowing seed for winter vegies but, in most areas, there s also time to sneak in a few last minute crops of warm season favourites. Three of the most popular are beans, baby squash and zucchinis. Dwarf beans, pictured: It s too late to start climbing beans in most areas but the quick-growing dwarf beans can go in now. There s no time to waste but, thankfully, the seeds germinate so rap- idly in the warm soil that the plants will be crop- ping before you know it. Yates Golden Wax, with its yellow pods, is a popular summer bean. Tendergreen is a sweet- flavoured dwarf bean that produces heaps of stringless pods. Make sure dwarf beans are planted in full sun because, when grown in shade, they often try to start climbing up to reach more light. Baby squash: We once grew large marrows in our summer gardens. In the days before refrigeration, marrows were appreciated for their long-keeping qualities. But these days marrows have been replaced by baby squash that grow so quickly they re ready for harvest in just a few weeks. Yates has three baby squash to choose from in its seed range. Green Button produces little, round, pale green pillows that look particularly good when they re served whole. Yellow Button has similarly-shaped golden yellow fruit. Yates Squash Mix is a lucky dip selection of popular varieties in dif- ferent shapes and sizes. All of these versatile vegetables can be baked, steamed, shallow-fried or lightly cooked and tossed into a salad. Baby squash are some of the easiest vegies to grow. Build a low mound of soil in a sunny spot. Mix in some not-too- fresh compost and some Yates Blood & Bone. Sow three or four seeds into the top of the mound and, if they all come up, keep only the two strongest. Harvest young squash as soon as they appear. Zucchinis (cour- gettes): Zucchinis are grown in the same way as baby squash and reach picking stage almost as quickly. Yates range includes a choice of three different varieties: Blackjack has thin, dark green skin, Greyzini is speckled with grey-green markings, and Lebanese has creamy-flavoured, teardrop-shaped fruit. The best thing about growing your own zuc- chinis is that you can pick them when they re small and at their most tender. At about finger size is about right. Yates Garden Fresh Cookbook (published by HarperCollins) has a delightful recipe for baked zucchini. Pound two cloves of garlic that have been crushed with salt, juice of half a lemon and some fresh marjoram into enough olive oil to make an oily sludge. Roll each zucchini in the mixture and then put into an oiled oven dish. Bake in a pre-heated oven for about 15 minutes or until cooked. Remember: Don t let zucchinis get too large. Not only will they turn into watery-flavoured monsters, they ll also discourage the formation of more baby zucchinis. January job file Vegies to sow in January We always think of cabbages and their relatives (broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts etc) as winter vegies, but summer s the season to start sowing these so they ll be well estab- lished before the cold weather. Sow seeds into pots or trays of Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix in late January. Keep them in a lightly shaded spot and feed with half strength Thrive Soluble every week. Plant out when the seedlings are big enough to easily handle, which should coincide with the soil being cooler. Flowers to sow in January Night-scented stock is not the prettiest of flowers. In fact, we recommend its grown in an out of the way part of the garden. But its shortcomings are forgiven when the plants come into bloom and begin to produce their sweet and powerful night perfume. Sow Yates Night-Scented Stock direct where they are to grow by sprinkling the fine seeds onto well-prepared soil, lightly raking and gently watering. Barely cover the fine seeds and don t let them dry out. Feed in January Roses can be cut back quite hard in January but this should always be followed by a good helping of fertiliser to encourage new growth. The roses will then be back in full flower in time to create a great autumn display. Prune in January January is a critical month for deadheading, a violent-sounding term that simply means cut- ting off dead flowers on most summer-blooming plants as soon as they re finished. This encourages new growth and, in most cases, more flowers.
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