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Tomaato, tomayto...however you pronounce it, this bright red delight is certainly a staple. From adding a healthy, fresh touch to a lunchtime sandwich or providing the base for a whole raft of dinnertime delicacies, it’s a must-have in any good home garden.

I’m sure most pantries have at least one can of tin tomatoes in the back of them. They’re perfect for adding to casseroles, sauces, relishes, and the list goes on. But there’s something about fresh tomatoes, which just makes a dish taste, and feel, that little bit better.

Mates, companions, pals or friends. Whatever you call it – marigolds, tomatoes, and lettuces like to hang in the same circles.

Bring the taste of the Mediterranean to your kitchen this summer with an easy Italian-inspired garden.

“Now is the perfect time to plant tomatoes and herbs,” says Awapuni gardening guru Tod Palenski.

We’re all guilty of over-indulging at Christmas, whether it’s alcohol, food or spoiling the kids with mountains of presents.

But by getting the kids involved in growing their own vegetables for Christmas dinner you might just get them looking forward to something other than presents - and eating something other than sweets.

Are you a meat and three vege family whose tastebuds are in need of a flavour knock-out? Look no further! Spice up your garden (and dinner menu) this summer with three Mediterranean favourites guaranteed to add ‘heat’ to any dish.

Everyone I know struggles to get their kids to eat healthily, and battles constant demands for sugary roll-ups and potato chips. Then there’s entertaining them during the school holidays. Getting the little monsters away from video games and moving them outdoors seems like mission impossible at the best of times.