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Travel alerts: Letters from yesterday and a summer ripe for melon tossing

Bring back the magic of snail mail and ignite a passion for travel. Photo/Getty Images Each week in Reset Travel, we check out some of the latest happenings from Aotearoa and beyond to inspire your next adventure. Takeaway, not throwaway It’s estimated that in New Zealand we throw away 295 million single-use cups every year. …

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Gareth Carter Gardening: Christmas is coming, get your strawberry plants under way

Time to plant strawberries. Photo / File The best time to plant strawberry plants is during May and June. This is not to exclude planting throughout the year but by planting during May and June you will get the maximum production from their first year of growing which means – lots of strawberries for Christmas! …

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Gareth Carter: Prepare your garden soil to ensure a successful vegetable crop

Preparing the soil is essential for a successful vegetable crop. Photo / Supplied If your vegetable garden is not already active, now is an ideal time to start. As well as the enjoyment and satisfaction of harvesting your own produce, there are also economic benefits to growing yours own vegetables. Not to mention the proven …

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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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Claire Mummery: Calendula, heartsease and borage – the top three flowers you need to grow in your food garden

Heartsease – sometimes known as wild pansy – grows well alongside everything from cabbages to strawberries. Photo/Supplied Adding flowers to the vegetable garden can deter pests – and attract beneficial insects. Claire Mummery picks her top three floral companions. It’s easy to grow your own food at home with a little know-how and the right …

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