Home & Garden: In case you missed it

Home & Garden 04/11/2018

If you missed Home & Garden with Tony Murrell, here are the best bits to listen back to from Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th November, 2018.

Summertime and food-related illnesses

Summertime is when we see an increase in food-related illnesses, but a new hazard seems to be our reusable supermarket bags. Professor Steve Flint from Massey University explains how should we care for our reusable supermarket bags.

Supermarket Sleuth: Sales of alcohol

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Supermarket Sleuth John Winters says retail sales of alcohol have slipped and we’re losing our enthusiasm for some of our wines. Also, Woolworths Australia has just published its latest results, the Harts family is expanding its involvement in the country's food business and Costco is searching for sites in New Zealand.

My Indian kitchen

Ashia Ismail-Singer, author of My Indian Kitchen, was raised in Malawi and the UK, and is of Indian descent. Taught to cook by her mother the traditional Indian way (without shortcuts), her book features recipes for both traditional dishes and new flavours.

Rare and unusual plants for the plant collector

Collecting plants is now a hobby in itself, with each plant carrying a special attribute that makes it a talking point in any garden. Commissioned designer Geoffrey Marshall discusses the plants to consider in your garden.

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 Tony Murrell to share a few simple cleaning tips.

Netting your Veg


Biomaglia is a new, super fine, light weight polyester mesh used for the protection of crops from insects. Paul Smith, managing director of Polynet Products, says Biomaglia has an elasticity and softness that will not damage or stunt the growth of crops.

What can be done without a Building Permit

There are many repairs and improvements that can be done without a permit, so when should homeowners obtain a one? Catherine Foster, a freelance writer and contributor to NZ House and Garden, explains.

Rangimārie - a New Zealand Garden for peace

Auckland landscape designer Xanthe White has been commissioned to build a garden for peace as part of the 100 year commemoration of World War I in a small village in the north of France named Le Quesnoy, which NZ soldiers freed from German occupation on the 4th November 1918.

Are homeowners responsible for tradies?

Employment law specialist Max Whitehead talks about the Building Act and its regulations that set out the rules for building work. In general, the same rules apply whether you are doing the work yourself or contracting someone to do it for you.

Reflective splashbacks

Simon Bennett from Reflection Splashbacks talks about a great alternative to using glass with Reflection Splashback products which can be installed by the DIY homeowner who have kitchen splashback ideas and are looking for easy to clean, and easy to install durable kitchen splashbacks.

Listen to the full interviews above.

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.