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Lisa Boesen, vegan chef and cookbook author, celebrates plant-based eating for health

Lisa Boesen has always loved to cook and until recently, considered her kitchen skills self-taught. She learned what she calls “assembling” from her mother, a home economics teacher. “I grew up baking a cake mix, a pudding mix and then you call it done,” she said. An avid cookbook reader, she took knife skills classes …

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How to Care for a Christmas Cactus Plant

Season’s greenings! Christmas cacti are just about ready to make their grand entrance for the year. They come in a wide variety of flower colors and are absolutely gorgeous once in bloom. And thankfully, a well-established Christmas cactus really doesn’t need much to keep them happy. But what exactly is this gorgeous plant? Why is …

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This year’s bumper harvest means you’ll be able to savor pumpkins and squash long after Halloween

For many people, pumpkins only feature in their lives at Halloween. For centuries, however, lanterns were carved not from pumpkins, but turnips. Pumpkins are, like so much of modern life, an American import. But three cheers for that US influence because squashes and pumpkins are as delicious as they are handsome. This has been a …

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How to figure out whether to DIY or not DIY your landscape projects

If you love gardening, you might be interested to know what a professional landscaper has to say about DIY landscaping projects. Chris Welborn, Vicente Landscaping, a Rosie on the House Certified Partner, shares his thoughts regarding landscape projects that can be a DIY and those that should be left to a professional landscaper. What’s your …

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Speedy Hire: What You Can (and Can’t) Put in a Skip

What Is & Isn’t Allowed in a Skip Skips are an easy, affordable way to deal with substantial amounts of waste from home renovations, garden makeovers and general household waste. Choosing a reputable skip hire company, such as Speedy Services, will be your first step in ensuring your waste is appropriately disposed of. But as …

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Gareth Carter: Spring’s here so plant your strawberries

Strawberries are easy to grow in the home garden. Photo / Supplied Winter this year has been characterized by the immense amount of rain and gray days that we have had. The soil is suddenly in lower lying areas from month after month of rainfall. While we have been wetter than usual, we have maintained …

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