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Vegetable garden ideas offer some of the most rewarding gardening experiences. 

After all, there is nothing quite like harvesting crops straight from your own plot. That rewarding moment when you pluck a red, juicy tomato from its vine, or unearth a bright orange carrot from the depths of the soil, is hard to beat and will have you  itching to plant more. There is great satisfaction in knowing that you’ve given your crops a season of TLC and now get to enjoy the literal fruits of your labor. 

There is no reason why everyone shouldn’t have a vegetable garden as

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We turned our Canterbury backyard into a replica of a Paris museum’s sculpture garden

Cantabrians Robbie Williams and Karen Baas were taking a tour of great European gardens when the most unlikely gardening idea struck.

Standing outside l’Hotel Biron, which houses the Museum of Rodin in Paris, looking down the long avenue of rustic planting towards the formal fountain, the pair realised the garden seemed very familiar.

“We thought, ‘this is just the right shape for our property’,” says Baas. “Then we looked at the trees and plants and thought, ‘these are all plants that we can grow in New Zealand’.”

So they did, recreating the precise dimensions and planting of the gardens surrounding

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