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This is my new favourite way of dealing with all the home grown tomatoes. Rather than processing and bottling them in jars, I’ve been slow roasting trays in the oven and freezing them. All it takes is a bowl of ripe tomatoes, cut them into quarters, cut out the core then place them skin down on the tray. Sprinkle with oil, salt & pepper and roast in the oven until they are as done as you want. When they’re cool, the skin peels easily off the back before you put them into snaplock bags and freeze. Excellent.

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Insect Hotel.

At last we’re having some beautiful summer weather, just in time for Waitangi weekend. I took a walk around my garden this morning, admiring the lily out in flower and the fushia in full bloom that a friend gave me a cutting of five years ago. Around the side of the house where it’s dry and dusty and the lawn won’t even grow, I’ve constructed an insect hotel. I’m intrigued by the idea of a place where beneficial insects can take refuge in the nooks and crannies. Not a masterpiece but it looks better than the bare dirt…

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