Home & Garden: In case you missed it

Home & Garden 10/06/2018

In case you missed it, here's a look back at RadioLIVE's Home & Garden for June 9th & 10th, 2018.

Silver Fern Farms Restaurant Awards 2018

Head chef Aaron Ballantyne is the first chef from South Island to be named Supreme Winner since the Silver Fern Farms Restaurant Awards began in 2013.

Linda and Helen talk with Aaron Ballantyne, HopGoods, Nelson.

Edible bioplastic

University of Otago researchers are developing a flexible food wrap,Their edible bioplastic will be an alternative to existing petrochemical based plastics. They are developing a flexible food wrap that will be edible and readily compostable.

Linda and Helen talk with Professor Indra Oey and her colleague Azam Ali, Otago University.

Supermarket Sleuth

This week our sleuth has been talking to suppliers and to the supermarkets about progress on ridding the stores of the huge amount of plastic they use for wrapping and packaging.

Linda and Helen are joined by Supermarket Sleuth John Winters.

Duck and Pork Cassoulet

Serves 8
This is delicious and hearty. Don’t be put off by ingredient list or time as it really is simple and worth the wait!
Dry beans can of course be used by soaking over night and then cooking. In NZ it is often difficult to source dry cannelini beans which is why I have used canned.


  • 8 duck legs
  • sea salt
  • olive oil or duck fat
  • 400 g pork slices, finely chopped
  • 8 toulouse sausages, cliced into 2 cm thick sliices
  • 6 chorizo sausages, sliced as above
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, finely sliced
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 2 400 g cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 x 400 g cans cannelini beans
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped parsley

Cooking with Duck

Duck is known for its distinctive, earthy flavor and dark, moist meat.Duck is delicious when roasted on a rack in an oven, allowing the fat to flavor the meat and then drain into the pan.

Linda and Helen find out more from Kathy Guard, Canter Valley,Producer of Quality Gourmet Poultry Products.

Yesterday’s Flowers for Today’s Gardens

When Meghan Markle carried astilbes down the aisle in her wedding bouquet, it continued a trend for old fashioned cottage flowers to make it into florist’s bouquets. But old time flowers are also making a big comeback in our gardens.

Linda talks with Debbie Sisam, Puriri Lane Nursery & Propagators, Drury, South Auckland.

The Queen of Clean

Best selling Australian author Shannon Lush is the "Queen of Clean," specialising in helping us all in cleaning and household management.

She joined Linda Hallinan with a few simple cleaning tips.

Kiwi girl goes to Chelsea

Katrina Christison runs a garden maintenance company called Tidy Gardens and she's responsible for the fabulous annual display of hanging baskets in the King Country township and she's just got back from the 2018 Chelsea Flower Show.

Linda talks with Katrina Christison, Tidy Gardens, Otorohanga.

Oxalis in your lawn, don't panic ! 

Taranaki nurseryman Vance Hooper is a man best known for his magnolias, but he's joining us today to propose something rather more radical than tree planting, he's talking about putting oxalis in your lawn.

Linda finds out more from Vance Hooper, Magnolia Grove, Taranaki.

The changing nature of farming

Farmers are facing increased pressure to feed a growing population and are turning to more and more data driven methods, How are farmers relying less on intuition and more on data to make vital decisions about their crops and livestock?

Linda talks with Paul Churchman, Head of Agriculture, Xero.

Wood fires and Wood burners

Watching the flames flicker up the chimney is a pleasant pastime. However, a glorious display isn't the only benefit of having a wood burning fire in your home.

Lida is joined by Richard Brodrick, Technical Manager, Aber Living.

Holidays often under paid

The Government has announced Former National Party Prime Minister Jim Bolger is to chair a group that will introduce “fair pay”. This is where all employees minimum wages and salaries in NZ will be negotiated by Unions according to their industry or occupation.

Linda talks with Max Whitehead, Employment Specialist.

The 2018 NZIA Canterbury Architecture Awards

It has been more than seven years since the February 2011 earthquake devastated Christchurch, and some of the bigger rebuild projects are now coming onstream – and they have been recognised in the 2018 NZIA Canterbury Architecture Awards.

Linda talks with Mary Daish, Canterbury Awards Jury Member & Architect, Mary Daish Architect, Wellington and Regan Hall, Southern Awards Jury Convenor, of McCoy and Wixon Architects, Wellington.

Leaky basements

How common are leaky basements,what is usually involved in waterproofing for future,what are the key things we should do to ensure they don’t reoccur and costs.

Linda talks with Michael Campbell, Manager, Versatile Waterproofing Solutions.

Home and Garden with Tony Murrell, 7am - 10am Saturday and Sunday mornings on RadioLIVE and streaming live to the rova app on Android and iPhone.