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Gardening Australia

Season 2010 2010 - 2011
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  • 2010-02-06T07:30:00Z on ABC
  • 30 mins
  • 1 day, 0 mins (48 episodes)
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Gardening Australia provides practical, realistic, and credible horticultural and gardening advice, inspiring and entertaining all Australian gardeners around the nation. Presented by Australia's leading horticultural experts, Gardening Australia is a valuable resource to all gardeners through the television program, the magazine, books, DVDs and extensive online content.

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48 episodes

A Cluttered Garden: Stephen visits a gardener in Melbourne who has used every available space for plants to create an inner-city haven.

Preventing Soil Erosion: Tino Carnevale explains the damage done by soil erosion on a sloping block, and demonstrates some simple ways prevent it.

The Vegie Guide: Stephen Ryan updates The Vegie Guide to explain what to plant in the productive garden, right around the country.

Understanding Bush Foods: Guest presenter Clarence Slockee introduces the first in a series of stories on the plants used by aboriginal people. He explains how the intimate understanding of plants built over thousands of years sustained the local people and their environment.

Weed Alert - Coffee: Jerry Coleby-Williams highlights the weed potential of one of the world's most popular plants, coffee, and shows how to control it in the garden.

Government House, NT: Leonie Norrington visits the historic garden at Government House in Darwin, to see the diverse plants collected since the garden was established in the 1890's.

A Townsville Garden: Colin Campbell explores a garden where the owners have overcome Townsville's challenging dry tropical climate to create a paradise.

Citrus Maintenance: Jerry Coleby-Williams demonstrates some essential autumn maintenance for citrus in the sub-tropics.

Understanding Plant Uses: Guest presenter Clarence Slockee shows the diversity of Australian plants and the many ways aboriginal people used them.

Weed Alert - Curry Plant: Jerry Coleby-Williams explains how to manage the weed potential of the popular tropical spice, curry leaf.

Growing Proteas and Waratahs: Angus Stewart profiles some plants from the ancient plant family Proteaceae and explains how to grow them.

The Vegie Patch: Tino Carnevale is in The Vegie Patch pruning tomatoes, corn and pumpkins to encourage bigger fruit and preparing the strawberries for the season ahead.

Creating a Pond: Stephen Ryan gets started on his new garden project converting a problematic wet and boggy area into a pond.

Understanding the Environment: In the last of his series, guest presenter Clarence Slockee shows how aboriginal people manage plant resources sustainably to ensure a future for themselves and the local ecosystem.

Rose Renovation: Josh Byrne rejuvenates some old roses by applying the right mulch, replacing the worn stakes and installing some effective irrigation.

Self-watering Pots: Jane Edmanson demonstrates how to construct a self-watering pot in which to grow luscious herbs and lettuce throughout the intense heat of late summer.

Planting Water Lilies: Stephen Ryan plants the newest part of his garden, the pond, where he has converted a difficult boggy spot into a spectacular feature.

Tip and Trick: Correcting Iron Deficiency: Sophie Thomson shows how to identify and treat lime induced chlorosis in plants.

The Point Preschool: Angus Stewart visits a pre-school garden in Sydney designed to connect the kids with their local plants and animals, and the food that ends up on the table.

The Vegie Plot: John Patrick is in his community garden vegie plot in Melbourne to tidy up after the summer heat, and plant cool season crops beetroot, broccolini and peas.

The Vegie Guide - March: Stephen Ryan updates The Vegie Guide a comprehensive planting calendar for productive gardens right around the country.

Gardener of the Year 2009: Jane Edmanson announces the Gardening Australia 'Gardener of the Year' for 2009 and explores the inspirational garden created over 20 years.

Amanda's Garden: Stephen Ryan visits a local gardener to chat about her amazing collection of rare and unusual native plants.

The Vegie Patch: Tino Carnevale is in the Vegie Patch planting a late crop of zucchini, the first of the brassicas and demonstrates a unique method to grow carrots and parsnip.

Autumn Planting: Sophie Thomson shows how to prepare for and plant citrus, one of the most popular productive evergreen trees.

Dead Easy Seeds: Jerry Colby-Williams shows the easiest types of seed to collect and save, and explains how to use them in the garden.

A Master Gardener: Josh Byrne visits his friend and neighbour, who claims to have the best productive garden in Fremantle, to see how he produces such abundant crops to feed his family throughout the year.

Geoffrey's Garden: Stephen Ryan visits a local gardener to chat about his passion for gardening.

Autumn Maintenance: Josh Byrne does some autumn maintenance in his small productive garden to tidy up after a long hot summer and prepare for the season ahead.

Planning a Garden: John Patrick explains what to consider when planning a garden from scratch and shows how to create your own design.

An Adaptive Gardener: Angus Stewart meets an avid Sydney gardener who experiments continuously to find ways to overcome the challenging conditions.

The Vegie Guide: Stephen Ryan updates the Vegie Guide, a comprehensive planting calendar for productive gardens right around the country.

Attila the Collector: Jane Edmanson visits an old friend and passionate plant collector to see his new house and garden but finds that the garden has taken precedence over the house.

Weather Tips: Stephen Ryan gives some tips for protecting the garden in extreme weather.

The Vegie Patch: Tino Carnevale demonstrates how to prune an established olive tree and plants a male kiwi fruit to ensure pollination of flowers and fruit production.

A Lawn for the Tropics: Leonie Norrington explains how to create a lush green lawn in the tropics by choosing the right variety and what to do to establish and maintain it.

Winter Herbs: Jane Edmanson demonstrates how to grow a range of fresh herbs in pots including leafy winter greens and Mediterranean perennials, winter savoury and rosemary.

Greywater Tips: Josh Byrne talks about long term grey water use and how to treat plants adversely affected by its use.

The Happy Gardener: Sophie Thomson visits an amazing character in Adelaide who has an abundant productive garden. She finds out how Armando grows enough food to feed his own family and many others.

A Crash Test Garden: Jerry Colby-Williams renovates his experimental front garden by removing plants that have not coped with the tough conditions and planting some new ones to experiment with.

Leonie's Pest Remedies: Leonie Norrington explains why insect pests are so prolific in the tropical Wet Season and shows the best way to manage them.

Dividing Globe Artichokes: Stephen Ryan demonstrates how to get the best out of Globe Artichokes

Old Fashioned Garden Tips: Colin Campbell explains some of the best practical gardening tips he's picked up over his long career, all tried and tested by generations of home vegie growers.

The Vegie Guide: Stephen Ryan updates The Vegie Guide, a planting calendar for productive gardens right around the country.

A Walled Garden: Angus Stewart visits a courtyard garden in NSW where the owners have created a leafy oasis that makes clever use of the small space.

Coralee's Garden: Stephen Ryan drops in on a gardener who has created an amazing fernery, mini orchard and vegetable patch and has only been gardening for five years.

Fertilising Sloping Ground: Jerry Coleby-Williams shows how to fertilise plants that are growing on slopes.

The Vegie Patch: Tino Carnevale is in The Vegie Patch planting winter crops including cool season herbs, peas and broad beans.

Ornamental Gingers: Colin Campbell profiles this tough and beautiful group of flowering plants for warm climate gardens and gives his tips on how to grow and maintain them.

Building a Shadehouse: Leonie Norrington shows how to make a shadehouse and then use it successfully to propagate and grow plants.

A Dog's Garden: Jane Edmanson visits a family who have designed their small suburban garden to cater for everyone, especially their pets.

Planting Bulbs - : Stephen Ryan demonstrates some great tips to get bulbs off to a good start.

Planting Winter Vegetables: Jerry Colby-Williams is planting a range of cool season crops in his productive Brisbane garden including tomatoes, kale, kohlrabi and peas.

Planning a Bed: John Patrick gives tips on how to design the plantings in a garden bed and visits a garden to look at some examples.

Dealing with Shade: Josh Byrne shows how to prepare and plant a garden to survive in the challenging conditions created in dry shade.

The Vegie Guide: Stephen Ryan updates The Vegie Guide, a planting calendar for productive gardens around the country.

Gardening in Ballarat/High on a Hill: Jane Edmanson meets Ballarat locals who describe the unique and difficult growing conditions and then visits a spectacular garden near Ballarat where the gardener has overcome the conditions with an artist's flair.

The Vegie Plot: John Patrick discusses how to practice crop rotation in a single small garden bed, plants winter vegies for succussive crops and starts his fruit garden by planting a dwarf pear.

Dry Climate Bulbs: Sophie Thomson explains why bulbs are some of her favourite plants for dry climate gardens and shows how to plant and grow them.

Habitat Gardeners: Jerry Colby-Williams explores a garden in Brisbane that proves you can provide habitat for wildlife only kilometres from the CBD.

Heirloom Vegies: Jane visits a trial garden designed to test old fashioned heirloom fruit and vegetable varieties for their suitability to home gardens.

A Fremantle Garden: Josh Byrne visits a garden in Fremantle where the owners have worked with the challenging conditions over 20 years to create a water wise garden with a sense of place.

Michelle’s Garden: Stephen Ryan drops in on a local gardener to talk about a passion for plants and their garden.

Making Potting Mixes: Jane Edmanson shows how to make a range of different specialist potting mixes by incorporating ingredients like sand, compost and fertilisers.

Common Gardening Problems: Angus Stewart helps a local gardener solve some problems common to Sydney gardens including managing pests and disease, treating yellowing leaves and selecting the right tree.

The Vegie Guide: Stephen Ryan updates the Australia Wide vegie planting guide

Spinifex: Colin Campbell profiles an important pioneer plant for coastal regions and discusses why it’s so useful in dune regeneration work and in coastal gardens.

The Vegie Patch: Tino Carnevale explains the crop rotation system in The Vegie Patch, divides and replants rhubarb and checks on the progress of the banana.

The Vegie Patch: Tino Carnevale explains the different types of garlic and how to grow them, sows a green manure crop and harvests Jerusalem artichokes.

Moving the Garden: Josh Byrne is moving house and wants to take some of his current garden with him, so he shows what to do to move potted plants and propagates cuttings to get the new garden off to a flying start.

Paper Pots: Jane Edmanson shows how to make seed raising pots from newspaper.

Deciduous Plants: John Patrick visits a spectacular garden in the Dandenong ranges in Victoria to explore its collection of deciduous plants and gives his tips to grow and maintain them.

Spring Cottage: Jerry Colby-Williams visits a small inner city garden in Brisbane where the gardener has cleared away the weeds and discovered a rich horticultural history.

Harvesting Pumpkins: Stephen Ryan is in his cool climate vegie garden harvesting and dividing Yacon and planting crops for the season ahead.

Repairing the Lawn: Sophie Thomson shows how to repair a tired patch of lawn using a single piece of instant turf.

Gardening in Byron Bay: Colin Campbell explores a garden in Byron Bay where the owners have overcome the challenging coastal conditions to create a subtropical haven.

Fruits of the Rainforest: Clarence Slockee is at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney to look at plants from the Australian Rainforest and how they were used by aboriginal people.

Espaliering Shrubs: Jane Edmanson shows how to cover an unsightly fence by training a hardy and fast growing shrubs.

The Vegie Guide: Stephen Ryan updates the Vegie Guide for June.

Margie's Garden: Stephen Ryan drops in on a local gardener to chat about their passion for plants and the garden.

Building a Raised Vegie Garden: Leonie Norrington shows how to build a raised garden bed to grow vegetables away from the competition of surrounding tree roots.

Josh's New Front Garden: Josh Byrne has moved into a new rented house with an old rundown garden so to get started for very little cost he is working out what plants are worth retaining and how to rejuvenate them.

Propagating Cassava: Jerry Coleby-Williams demonstrates how to propagate the Cassava plant which provides the third largest source of carbohydrates to people around the world.

Designing a Courtyard Garden: John Patrick visits three courtyard gardens and explains some of the simple design tricks used to create practical and beautiful gardens in a small space.

Shirley's Native Garden: Jane Edmanson visits an Australian plant lover in the Dandenong Ranges to see her extensive collection of native species and a garden full of colour and character.

Herb Garden Overhaul: Jerry Coleby-Williams is rejuvenating his herb garden by harvesting what he can, replacing spent plants and putting in some new species, some of which he has never grown before.

Cumberland Plain Woodland: Clarence Slockee visits the Mt Annan Botanic Garden about 60 km south west of Sydney to find out about a unique piece of remnant woodland and what they are doing to preserve it.

The Vegie Guide: Stephen Ryan updates the Vegie Guide for June.

The Meaning of Leaf: Sophie Thomson explores the Class Garden at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens and explains the characteristics of this group of flowering plants and how to use them in the garden.

Tomatoes for the Tropics: Leonie Norrington plants tomatoes using a special soil mix for her new raised vegie garden to ensure a bumper crop.

Sprout Community Garden: Jane Edmanson visits a garden in Melbourne that has been created to support people experiencing mental illness, recovering addicts and those at risk of homelessness.

Stephen’s Perennial Border: Stephen Ryan gets stuck into his perennial border by removing plants that haven’t worked, rearranging those that have and pruning others to encourage vigorous spring growth.

Vegie Garden Timber: Josh Byrne explains the different types of timber available for use in the garden and which he prefers to use, particularly in the vegie patch.

A Shade Loving Plant: Sophie Thomson shows how to propagate a tough and colourful plant for the shade.

National Camellia Gardens: Angus Stewart visits the National Camellia Garden in Sydney to explore their extensive collection of these tough, colourful and elegant plants.

Protecting Your Mulch: Leonie Norrington shows a simple way to stop chooks and other birds from removing mulch from under plants.

The Vegie Patch: Tino Carnevale compares the different pruning techniques used to train apples and looks at two sub-tropical fruits that thrive in Tasmania’s cool climate.

Variegated Foliage: Stephen Ryan looks at ways to add colour to winter gardens by using plants with variegated foliage.

Starting a Rose Garden: Sophie Thomson explains different types of roses and the best ways to use them and what to do at planting to get them off to a flying start.

Colour in Winter: Stephen Ryan gives tips on how to liven up a garden in the cooler months.

The Vegie Patch: Tino Carnevale is pruning and training raspberry canes and planting winter crops potatoes and repeat harvest greens.

Pollinating Macadamia Trees: Clarence Slockee explains the intimate relationship between the towering rainforest giant and a tiny native bee.

The Vegie Guide: Stephen Ryan updates The Vegie Guide, a planting calendar for productive gardens right around the country.

Teresa Rocchi's Garden: Josh Byrne visits a friend who has cultivated every inch of her small Fremantle garden, including the verge.

Annie's Garden: Stephen Ryan visits a passionate local gardener to explore her seasonal garden, bursting with the plants she has collected over the last 20 years.

John's Plot: John Patrick is in his community garden vegie plot planting leafy crops of radicchio, silver beet, kale and strawberries.

Monty Don: Josh Byrne meets one of the most influential garden commentators in the world to find out how he thinks gardens are linked to culture, community and our future.

Succulents for the Shade: Sophie Thompson looks at how succulents can be used to grow in shady spots of the garden such as under large trees.

Jerry's Neighbours: Jerry drops in on his neighbours to see their wildlife friendly and productive garden created through their different, and sometimes opposing, theories of gardening.

Stephen's Pond: Stephen Ryan checks the progress of his new pond, pruning and assessing the new plants, removing spent annuals and explains how to keep the fish healthy throughout the cooler months.

Lilly Pillies: Clarence Slockee explores the different species of Lilly pilly and shows his top picks to produce tasty fruit.

Structure in the Garden: Colin Campbell explores a Brisbane garden that provides colour and interest in every season through careful planning, soil preparation and wise plant selection.

The Vegie Guide: Stephen Ryan updates The Vegie Guide for July - what vegetables to plant, in your climate zone.

Looking after Roses: Sophie Thomson shows what to do to roses in winter including pruning, feeding the soil and demonstrates some simple steps to prevent pests and disease.

Front Garden Makeover: Jane Edmanson demonstrates how to transform a small driveway garden bed into a beautiful, practical and productive space.

Fertiliser Teas: Angus Stewart shows how to make and use fertiliser teas made from simple household ingredients.

The Vegie Patch: Tino Carnevale is making the most of the Tasmanian winter by planting three different types of cherry, pruning red and black currants and maintaining the citrus to ensure bumper crops.

Cottage Garden Maintenance: Jerry Coleby- Williams rejuvenates a sub tropical cottage garden by pruning shrubs to shape, harvesting, re-sowing seed of annuals and test pruning some sensitive perennial plants.

Pruning Tools: Jane Edmanson profiles the different pruning tools and shows how to use them.

Designing a Kid's Garden: John Patrick explains the key elements of creating a garden for kids and shows how to integrate them into a design.

Josh's New Backyard: Josh Byrne is creating a new back yard by assessing and rejuvenating the plants he wants to keep, planting a fast growing screen for privacy and starting his herb garden.

Sydney Sandstone Soil: Angus Stewart explains the difficulties of gardening with Sydney sandstone soil and shows how to make it work effectively.

The Vegie Guide: Stephen Ryan updates the Vegie Guide - what vegetables to sow in climate zones around Australia.

Gardening in Central Victoria: Jane Edmanson looks that the unique conditions faced by gardeners in the Goldfield areas of Central Victoria.

Building a No-Dig Garden: Leonie Norrington demonstrates how to build a simple no-dig vegetable patch.

A Garden in the Bush: Jane Edmanson visits a gardener in Central Victoria who has overcome the challenges of poor soil and drought to create a beautiful and productive garden.

Anthony and Claire's Garden: Stephen Ryan visits a couple in a new Melbourne suburb who have created a garden full of natives, lush tropical foliage plants and personality in only a few years.

The Vegie Patch: Tino Carnevale is making the most of the cool winter soil by planting his favourite fruit, cherries.

Tree Staking: Jane Edmanson shows when you need to stake a tree, how to do it and when to remove it.

Gardening Under Gums: Angus Stewart shows how to successfully grow plants in the challenging conditions found under gum trees.

Designing a Formal Garden: John Patrick visits two very different formal gardens and explains how to apply the same design principles to any size garden

Anthony and Claire's Garden - The Vegie Patch - Tree Staking - Gardening Under Gums - Designing a Formal Garden - Subtropical Harvesting: Jerry Coleby-Williams is harvesting and replanting ginger, turmeric and yams, sowing seed of some cool season greens and getting in a late crop of garlic.

Building a Vegie Bed: Josh Byrne builds a simple and portable raised vegetable bed using recycled timber.

The Vegie Guide: Stephen Ryan updates The Vegie Guide, a planting calendar for productive gardens right around the country.

Tom and Lorna’s Garden: Sophie Thomson visits a couple in Adelaide who have been working their productive and beautiful garden for over 50 years.

Erinose Mite: Jerry Coleby-Williams gives information on the Erinose Mite – how to identify them and how to manage them.

Hardwood Cuttings: Colin Campbell shows how to propagate hardwood cuttings, and explains which plants are the best for the job.

Planting the No-dig Garden: Leonie Norrington is planting her new no-dig garden with tough perennial vegetables sweet leaf and cassava as well as drought tolerant herbs and spices.

The Vegie Patch: Tino Carnevale looks at the six crops growing in The Vegie Patch rotation system, fertilises for their individual needs and explains the trick to growing onions.

Fruit Tree Maintenance: Jerry Coleby-Williams is doing some winter maintenance on his fruit trees, pruning out citrus gall wasp, cleaning and spraying to prevent fungal attack and controlling the roots of the bananas.

Ringwood Community Garden: John Patrick visits a community garden to get ideas for his own plot and discovers a unique method for watering vegies and a gardener growing subtropical vegetables in Melbourne.

Pest Traps: Sophie Thomson looks at ways to control pests by using traps made from household items.

Winter Lawn Maintenance: Stephen Ryan prepares his lawn for spring by removing weeds, raking out old leaves and applying dolomite to combat soil acidity.

Urban Eden: Josh Byrne visits a suburban garden, overflowing with plants and creativity and finds out just what can be achieved on a very restricted budget.

The Vegie Patch: Tino Carnevale is doing some winter fruit tree maintenance, pruning the pomegranate, inspecting for pest and disease and treating scale and sooty mould.

Gum Trees: Clarence Slockee looks at the most iconic of all Australian trees and explains how they were used by aboriginal people.

Grid Planting: Jane Edmanson shows a simple planting trick to get the most out of a small vegie garden.

The Vegie Guide: Stephen Ryan updates The Vegie Guide, a planting calendar for productive gardens right around the country.

Textured Garden: Jerry Coleby-Williams shows how to use textural plants in the garden to create colour and interest throughout the year, regardless of flowers.

Euphorbias: Stephen Ryan shows some of his favourite plants from this large and diverse genus.

Stephanie Alexander: Leonie Norrington chats to Stephanie Alexander at the launch of The Kitchen Garden Foundation in The Top End to discuss how they are growing a new generation of gardeners.

Planting the Front Garden: Josh Byrne is planting his new front garden with local native species to create habitat for local wildlife and a practical space for his family to enjoy.

Karen's Garden: Stephen Ryan drops in on a gardener in inner city Melbourne to see how she produces food from every inch of her small garden.

Moving a Tree Fern: Jane Edmanson explains the different types of native tree ferns and shows how to move one.

The Vegie Guide: Stephen Ryan updates The Vegie Guide, a planting calendar for productive gardens right around the country.

Water Plants: Clarence Slockee looks at some plants that grow in Australian waterways and explains how they were used by Aboriginal people.

Seasonal Top End Vegies: Leonie Norrington is planting a range of seasonal vegies in raised beds and containers including tomatoes, corn, rocket and sweet potatoes.

John's Plot: John Patrick is in his Vegie Plot clearing weeds and spent crops and plants rosemary, coriander, parsley, chives and carrots.

Propagating Grasses: Angus Stewart shows how to propagate Kangaroo Grass from seed and divide a large clump of Lomandra.

Planting Potatoes: Stephen is trialling some old fashioned varieties of potato to find the perfect one for his garden.

Gardening in Cairns: Colin Campbell takes a look at the unique gardening conditions in Cairns.

Edible Hedges: Sophie Thomson plants a tough, evergreen hedge that will also produce fruit.

Tropical Garden Cottage: Colin Campbell explores a garden in suburban Cairns with a distinctive tropical cottage style.

Designing a Vegie Garden: John Patrick discusses the basics of designing a vegie garden including where to put it and how to divide a space into individual beds for easy access and crop rotation.

Reviving Succulents: Sophie Thomson shows how to divide and revive a tired pot of succulent plants.

Cape Banks: Clarence Slockee visits Botany Bay National Park to explore a remnant piece of bushland where botanists first began to record and collect the unique plants of Australia.

Potted Flowering Bulbs: Stephen Ryan looks at the benefits of planting spring flowering bulbs in pots.

Problem Solving in the Garden: Jerry's Coleby-Williams does a spring garden clean up - removing diseased crops, preparing fruit trees for the season ahead and dealing with an avocado that has not produced fruit.

The Vegie Guide: Stephen Ryan updates The Vegie Guide, a planting calendar for productive gardens right around the country.

Earimil: Jane Edmanson visits an old friend and passionate gardener to see her colourful coastal garden.

Sue's Garden: Stephen Ryan drops in for a chat with a gardener who has created a sustainable and relaxed suburban hideaway.

Potted Produce: Josh Byrne is planting fruit and vegies in a range of pots and containers to make the most of his small rented garden.

Fig Trees: Clarence Slockee looks at native figs and the remarkable relationship they have developed with wasps.

An Inner City Garden: Angus Stewart visits an inner-city garden in Sydney where the owner has used her creative flair and vision to create a garden that reminds her of her homeland.

Planting Passionfruit: Jane Edmanson shows how to plant a passionfruit.

The Vegie Patch: Tino Carnevale checks on progress in the greenhouse, shows how to protect newly planted seedlings and tries to convince the banana to flower.

Gardening Under Eaves: Jane Edmanson shows what to plant in the dry and shaded conditions found under the eaves of the house.

The Vegie Patch: Tino Carnevale is planting spring crops including kale grown from seed, an early crop of tomatoes and a new cool climate experiment, ginger.

The Vegie Guide: Stephen Ryan updates The Vegie Guide, a planting calendar for productive gardens right around the country.

Deep Planting: Angus Stewart visits a gardener who is using a revolutionary planting technique to fill her garden quickly and on a tight budget.

A Tropical Herb Garden: Leonie Norrington builds a new garden to grow tropical herbs and spices, pandanus, pepper and a vanilla orchid.

Theo's Garden: Josh Byrne visits the home of a local artist where rejected plants and local species work together to create a beautiful and eclectic garden.

John's Plot: John Patrick is in his small community vegie plot planting broccoli, bush beans, corn, potato and Swede.

Native Climbers: Sophie Thomson profiles some tough and versatile native climbing plants and shows how to use them.

Perennial Border Maintenance: Stephen Ryan prepares his perennial border for the burst of spring growth ahead.

Seed Saving: Jerry Coleby-Williams shows how to save a range vegetable seeds.

Layering Natives: Angus Stewart demonstrates a low fuss technique for propagating native shrubs.

A Shared Garden: Colin Campbell meets neighbours in Cairns who have combined their front yards to create a single large garden where they share their love of plants.

Subtropical Flowering Annuals: Colin Campbell shows the range of flowering annuals suitable for a warmer climate and explains how to combine them with a lush tropical look.

Dividing Orchids: Sophie Thomson demonstrates how to divide and re-pot Orchids.

The Vegie Patch: Tino Carnevale is trying a new technique to grow watermelon and cucumber as well as planting chillies, capsicum and yet another experiment, NZ yams.

The Vegie Guide: Stephen Ryan updates the Vegie Guide - looking at what's good to plant in vegie gardens, around the country.

Ollie’s Garden: Josh Byrne is building a garden for his little boy by planting a range of child friendly species and creating lots of spaces to explore and play.

A Garden for Life: Angus Stewart visits a gardener in Newcastle who has tended his colourful and creative garden for over 60 years.

Helen's Garden: Stephen Ryan drops in on a gardener whose ten year old garden is filled with inspiring plants and design.

Bare Patches: John Patrick shows some simple design tips to prevent wear and tear on the garden.

Surf Coast Gardening: Jane Edmanson looks at the unique growing conditions in the Victorian surf coast area and then visits a local gardener whose passion for the beach and the bush is reflected in the garden she has created over the last 20 years.

The Vegie Patch: Tino Carnevale is filling some gaps in the vegie rotation by planting beans, basil and Tasmania's own pepper bush.

Unique Plants: Jerry's Coleby-Williams shows some of his treasured unusual plants and explains how to grow them.

Passionfruit: Leonie Norrington plants a tropical variety of passionfruit and builds a frame to protect them.

Tropical Centre: Clarence Slockee looks at different tropical ecosystems and shows how plants have adapted to the conditions.

Treating Paw Paw Virus: Jerry Colby-Williams shows how to identify and manage a destructive problem in Paw Paws.

A Potted Garden: Jane Edmanson shows how to combine plants in pots for a beautiful display in the sun, shade or for the kitchen.

The Vegie Guide: Stephen Ryan updates the Vegie Guide - looking at what's good to plant in vegie gardens, around the country.

Fruit Fly: Josh Byrne explains how to protect crops from fruit fly attack.

A Clever Design: John Patrick visits a garden where the owners have overcome a number of challenges with a clever design.

The Vegie Patch: Tino Carnevale is planting sweet basil, broccoli, carrots and a late crop of peas.

Easy Propagation: Angus Stewart demonstrates some simple and unusual techniques to propagate natives.

Spring Flowers: Sophie Thomson visits a bustling spring garden to show her favourite plants for colour and cut flowers.

Drawing for Design: John Patrick demonstrates how symbols can be used to help plan and design your garden.

Sub-Tropical Vegies: Colin Campbell is planting spring vegies including lettuce and silver beet in the garden and herbs thyme, chives and oregano in a self-watering pot.

Native Wonderland: Jane Edmanson visits a gardener with an amazing collection of unusual Australian plants.

The Vegie Patch: Tino Carnevale plants another batch of broccoli seedlings to keep up a continuous supply, sows seed of carrot and fennel and explains which mulch to use on vegies.

The Vegie Guide: Stephen Ryan updates the Vegie Guide - looking at what's good to plant in vegie gardens, around the country.

Worm Farm: Josh Byrne shows how to construct a worm farm from an old fridge to turn kitchen scraps into a valuable conditioner for Perth's sandy soil.

A Haven in Newcastle: Angus Stewart visits a suburban Newcastle garden where the owners have used modern native varieties to provide lots of colour and attract local wildlife.

Kemi's Garden: Jane Edmanson meets a woman who has established a productive garden with the sole aim of providing raw food for her family.

Val's Garden: Stephen Ryan drops in on a local gardener to explore her romantic cottage-style garden in Melbourne's picturesque Dandenong Ranges.

Gardening in Toowoomba: Colin Campbell looks at the soil and climatic conditions in Toowoomba that have led to the region being named, 'The Garden City.'

Spring Natives: Josh Byrne visits Bold Park in Perth, to look at some of his favourite local flowering plants.

John's Plot : John Patrick is preparing the soil and planting new season crops, eggplant, zucchini and lettuce.

A Bush Food Garden: Angus Stewart creates a small bush food garden and explains how to incorporate one into any suburban back yard.

A Grand Champion Garden: Colin Campbell visits an award-winning garden in Toowoomba to find out how it was created and what makes it a winner.

Protecting with Plants: Jerry's Coleby-Williams shows how to shelter and insulate a small raised garden bed by surrounding it with plants.

Attracting Pollinators: Clarence Slockee looks at Australian plants that produce lots of nectar, explains why they do it and how discusses they were used by aboriginal people.

The Vegie Patch: Tino Carnevale plants different types of bush and climbing bean, checks the progress of the banana and sows seed of a giant variety of pumpkin.

The Vegie Guide: Stephen Ryan updates the Vegie Guide - looking at what's good to plant in vegie gardens, around the country.

Pruning an Olive Tree: Josh Byrne shows how to prune an established olive tree to enhance its natural shape and encourage more fruit.

Daniel's Garden: Sophie Thomson visits an inspirational young man whose love of gardening has helped him through an early childhood learning difficulty and autism.

Overcoming Pests: Jerry Coleby-Williams plants chillies, eggplant and basil, prepares fruit trees for the humid months ahead and deals with an invasion of native snails.

Garden Design Inspiration: John Patrick visits a historic garden and explains how the principles of the 140 year old design are still relevant today.

Cordylines and Crotons: Leonie Norrington demonstrates how to propagate these popular tropical plants.

Su's Garden: Jane Edmanson meets a gardener who has overcome the competition of large trees, baking heat and possums to create a colourful and productive garden.

Poh's Family Garden: Poh, from 'Poh's Kitchen' takes Sophie Thomson to visit her aunt and uncle and explore their fascinating and productive garden.

Woody Pear Garden: Clarence Slockee visits a couple who have crammed a huge variety of plants into their suburban garden to indulge their individual passions.

Summer Jobs: Jane Edmanson shows what to do to get your garden ready for the hot weather.

Gwen's Garden: Stephen Ryan visits an extraordinary 91 year old gardener who has hand built her romantic garden over the last 25 years.

Dwarf Apples: Tino Carnevale meets a nurseryman who specialises in dwarf apples and finds out how to produce a big crop in a small space.

Mistletoe: Jerry Coleby-Williams profiles an extraordinary group of plants with a bad reputation.

The Vegie Guide: Stephen Ryan updates the Vegie Guide - looking at what's good to plant in vegie gardens, around the country.

Anthony and Claire's Garden: Stephen Ryan visits a couple in a new Melbourne suburb who have created a garden full of natives, lush tropical foliage and personality in only a few years.

Correcting Iron Deficiency: Sophie Thomson shows how to identify and treat lime induced chlorosis in plants.

Spinifex: Colin Campbell visits Byron Bay to profile an important pioneer plant for coastal regions and discuss how to use it in a garden.

Building a Shadehouse: Leonie Norrington shows how to build a shade house to protect young plants during the deluge of the Wet season in the Tropics.

Sydney Sandstone Soil: Angus Stewart explains why it's difficult to garden with Sydney sandstone soil and shows how to make it work effectively.

Tree Staking: Jane Edmanson shows when you need to stake a tree, how to do it and when to remove it.

Teresa Rocchi's Garden: Josh Byrne visits a friend who has cultivated every inch of her small Fremantle garden, including the verge.

The Vegie Patch: Tino Carnevale is in The Vegie Patch pruning tomatoes, tending to corn and pumpkins to encourage bigger fruit, and prepares the strawberries for the season ahead.

Understanding Bush Foods: Clarence Slockee profiles some bush food plants and explains how they were harvested and prepared by Aboriginal people.

Coralee's Garden: Stephen Ryan meets a gardener in Melbourne who has created a diverse and productive space for the whole family to enjoy.

Front Garden Makeover: Jane Edmanson shows how to transform a small driveway garden bed into a beautiful, practical and productive space.

Tom and Lorna's Garden: Sophie Thomson visits a couple in Adelaide who have been working their productive and beautiful garden for over 50 years.

Planning a Garden: John Patrick explains what to consider when planning a garden from scratch.

Jerry's Neighbours: Jerry drops in on his neighbours to see their wildlife friendly and productive garden created through their different, and sometimes opposing, theories of gardening.

Dealing With Shade: Josh Byrne shows how to prepare and plant a garden to survive in the challenging conditions created in dry shade.

Edible Hedges: Sophie Thomson plants a tough, evergreen hedge that will also produce fruit.

Shirley's Native Garden: Jane Edmanson visits an Australian plant lover in the Dandenong Ranges to see her extensive collection of native species and a garden full of colour and character.

SUMMER SERIES

TRANSCRIPT EPISODE 45

STEPHEN RYAN: Hi. Welcome to Gardening Australia’s Summer Series where we have some of the stories from 2010 that were the most popular with you at home.

This week, Jerry explores a garden that provides habitat for wildlife, just kilometres from Brisbane’s CBD.

And Tino takes a look at some different types of garlic.

TINO CARNEVALE: The variety I’ll be planting today is the ‘Purple Stripe’ because I find the hard neck types do a lot better in a cooler climate.

STEPHEN RYAN: Perennial borders look great at this time of the year, but back in winter, this one required quite a bit of maintenance.

STEPHEN'S PERENNIAL BORDER
Stephen Ryan

STEPHEN RYAN: Traditionally, the perennial border was somewhere that you came in and cut everything to the ground for the winter, certainly in Europe where they get heavy snows, this is probably a practical way of detailing with it. But in our milder climates, it’s nice to leave some structural plants standing and to come in gradually throughout the year and remove things as they collapse. So I’m going to start with my Arctotis.

Arctotis is a fantastic South African ground cover daisies. They come in a range of colours from yellow to burgundy and red. Mine’s a wonderful ‘magentary’ colour and it will flower all summer. They cope well with sun, they’re very drought tolerant, but they are quite vigorous and if I don’t take complete control, this plant will take over my whole perennial border in only a year or two.

This stake has a very important job in my garden. I put these in wherever I’ve put some special or precious bulb so that when I’m doing jobs like this, I won’t stand on them or stick my fork or spade straight through them.

Most of this stuff will go off to the compost heap, but there’s a great opportunity here to create some new plants. The Arctotis has rooted as the stems have gone along the ground. So all I need to do is break some of the foliage off and then I can plant that straight back into the garden or give it to some of my friends.

Now I’m just going to cut out the Ginger Lilies. All of the stems that have flowered come out. But if you have a look here, you’ll notice that I’ve actually got some that haven’t flowered. Now if the frost doesn’t take those, they’ll stand there looking fantastic all winter and they’ll be my first flowers for next year.

Well that’s the end of the Gingers. While I’m in this part of the border, I want to show you another fascinating relative of the Ginger. It’s a Canna Lily and this particularly variety is known as a ‘Chimera’ and a Chimera in mythology was an animal made up of lots of different animals, so a plant Chimera is one that’s two different plants that have melded together. And in the case of this one, we have a green leaf Canna that has yellow and orange spots in the flower and we have a brown leaf Canna that has red flowers and the two different characteristics erupt in weird patterns all over the plant, so it really is quite a strange and bizarre plant to have in the garden.

I might as well pull out these ornamental tobaccos because they’ve run their race for this year. When it comes to the evergreen grasses, all I do is I run my hands through them and that pulls out all of the dead thatch, then the plant will look fine for the rest of the winter and it’s quite therapeutic really.

The Alstroemeria’s a fantastic plant and it flowers for months and months, so by pulling out the spent flower stems, I keep the show going and it will last all through the season.

This summer-flowering Red Hot Poker or Kniphofia also needs a real cleanup. Now I find that if I pull instead of cut the leaves, it will make a much, much tidier job at the end of the whole exercise. I may well have to cut the flower spikes, but what I’m trying to do is get rid of all of this long, daggy foliage that’s hanging over the top of everything else and it will start off with some lovely fresh new stuff once the spring hits.

Well, that’s about right. Not every plant in my perennial border is an authentic herbaceous perennial. We have one here which is a plant called Rhus pulvinata Autumn Lace group. It suckers all through the bed, has fantastic autumn foliage so I wouldn’t live without it, but if I let it go, it would grow into a huge big shrub or even small tree, so by pruning it down every year, I have it at a constant height every summer and because it’s got a big root system under it, its foliage next season when it comes up will be even bigger and bolder.

ASK IT/SOLVE IT

DEANNE, BOMADERRY NSW: Now Tino, I’ve got Beetroot leaves with measles. They’re a little bit misshapen and the leaves look like they’ve got measles.

TINO CARNEVALE: Well you’ve got a fungal spot here. This is typical of fungal spot. What will happen is the spores will float onto the leaf and then they’ll radiate out from there. Now, it’s quite juvenile, so the way of controlling this, if you wanted to keep your crop in, is to actually remove the leaves. A lot of the time with vegetable crops, they’re a quick rotation so you can actually remove the whole crop. What I would do then is leave the ground fallow for a couple of weeks. Let the sun get down into it and that’ll solarise the fungus and then maybe don’t plant with the similar family for the next rotation. Anything like Silverbeet and that’s out but root vegetables like carrots and stuff, might be a good option for you.

DEANNE, BOMADERRY NSW: Great. Ok. Thank you very much Tino.

TINO CARNEVALE: Not a problem. Good luck.

STEPHEN RYAN: Garlic is an essential ingredient in most Australian kitchens, so it’s no surprise that many of you wanted to see Tino’s garlic story again.

THE VEGIE PATCH
Tino Carnevale

TINO CARNEVALE: Garlic’s part of the Alliaceae family, related to the onion or the lily. Now garlic keeps really well and a good crop should keep you in garlic all year round. This is part of my crop from last season. Now there’s two major types. There’s the hard-neck variety of which this Purple-striped is and as the name suggests, the neck is quite stiff. There’s also the common garlic that you find in your supermarkets – this white – and this is a soft-neck variety. And as the name suggests again, it’s got a softer neck. There’s another type of soft-neck and that’s called Elephant Garlic and that’s one clove. Now it grows really large, but I find it has very little flavour.

The variety I’ll be planting today is the Purple Stripe because I find the hard-neck types do a lot better in a cooler climate. But first, I’ve got to get this bed sorted.

Now I’m liming this bed, because garlic likes a sweeter soil. It also likes a lot of manure. Now I dug the manure in about a month ago. Now the reason I did this was because if you put lime down with manure, they actually work against each other. The lime prevents the nutrients in the manure from being available to plants, so dig the manure in a month before. Nutrients released – happy garlic. It also likes a rich fluffy soil and that means plenty of compost.

Dig it in well to about a fork’s depth. If you have grown your own garlic before, simply grab your harvest and divide up these bulbs into individual cloves. Now make sure you get a lot of this base plate at the bottom. That’s it just there and don’t peel the skin off. But if you’re growing garlic for the first time, you can pick up little bins like this at your local nursery and these are just individual cloves and this is what I’ll be planting today.

Plant your cloves with the base plate down and with the pointy end just below the surface of the soil. Plant the cloves about 15 centimetres apart with about 30 centimetres between the rows. Now these don’t need to be watered in just yet, but don’t let your garlic dry out through the growing season or it can reduce your harvest. Over winter, give them two applications of a complete fertiliser and then in the first warm days of spring, give them a nitrogen based fertiliser just to really swell those bulbs. Well, done.

In a six bed rotation system that we use here at The Patch, this bed has been rested for about a month now and it’s time to enrich the soil with a green manure crop. Now this is a bought manure crop. It’s got some lupins, some rye and some oats, but I like to use this opportunity to maybe get rid of some of my old seed packets. They’re a bit out of date. I’ve just got some old broad beans, some types of peas and some borlotti beans in there. But I don’t quite have enough to broadcast over the whole bed, so I’ve got to mix some of this through. That should do it. Before I plant the green manure crop, I like to incorporate some organic matter. I’m using some compost and some pulverised cow manure. And broadcast the seed over the bed and do it quite thickly and then give it a nice, light rake in and in about a month’s time, you should be able to come back and dig this through, really putting some zing back into this soil.

Now I’m just lifting these Jerusalem Artichokes. Now this is the wonderful tuber that you actually eat. A lot of people wait for these stems to die down before they harvest, but I reckon you can harvest from mid autumn onwards. The tubers are sometimes stuck to the base of the plant, but mostly you have to fish around in the bottom of the hole.

Now in warmer climates, you can plant these in late autumn, early winter and traditionally in cooler climates, it’s done in the onset of spring, but I’ve found that it’s easier after you’ve harvested just to dig your hole and throw one back in and then you don’t have to come back and do the job in spring.

To plant your Jerusalem Artichokes you’ll, need a rich, viable, well drained soil like this one. If your soil isn’t like this, you’ll need to add a lot of organic matter. Simply to plant, select a nice small tuber, dig a hole about 20 centimetres deep and throw it in. Now if you’re planting for the first time, you can pick these up from your local nursery, but the ones that you buy at your greengrocers are just as good. Simply backfill and make sure the tubers are about 30 centimetres apart.

Jerusalem Artichokes are easy care. They like a bit of fertiliser, but in good soil, they don’t even need that. And once you’ve got them in your garden, you’ll find them popping up everywhere. Well happy gardening and I’ll see you next time.

STEPHEN RYAN: Now here’s Clarence with some surprising traditional uses for some of our native plants.

UNDERSTANDING PLANT USES
Clarence Slockee

CLARENCE SLOCKEE: Jingawal, we’re here in the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, the traditional home of the Cadigal – so we pay our respects and acknowledge the Darug and Ora nations. Now looking around us we can see these beautiful roses, they look good and some of them even smell good. For aboriginal people when we look at plants we see a whole lot more.

There’s no better example of this than with our wattles, with over 1000 different species is it any wonder that aboriginal people have found so many uses for them.

Of course one of the main uses for wattles are the seeds themselves. Now the wattle seed has been used for thousands of years traditionally to make damper, and these pods are split –perfect time to get the seed out now. Of course these days you can get wattle seed ice cream, wattle seed cheesecake and there are cafes that’ll even give you a wattle-chino – it’s not quite my cup of tea but I do like wattle seed.

Now we’ve just finished cooking a wattle seed damper on the fire, might have dirty hands so we take some of the foliage from the wattles, bring it down to the water, eventually if you rub hard enough it’ll lather up like a soap. And that’s why we call it the Soap Plant. The chemical that lathers up we can also use that to deoxygenate the water and if it were low tide we’d probably have lots of rock pools here with some nice fish in them. So enough of the foliage get it into the water the fish go a bit lethargic – nice and easy to catch. It’s that simple.

So many different species of wattle - there are lots of different timber. Now what does this shape here remind you of? This is an elbow joint, those elbow joints they’re perfect for the returning boomerang. This is a blank the finished product looks a little bit better and they do return. Down the bottom we’ve got L joints and they’re great for non returning boomerangs – the nulla-nullas. All through this tree different types of timber can be used for things like waddies, digging sticks even clap sticks. And again over a thousand different species so you’ve got different colours, textures, hard and soft woods.

Another multi-use plant is this beautiful old Melaleuca. Now they call them tea trees or paperbark. Of course the oil from the tea trees – great antiseptic. The paperbark that has heaps and heaps of uses.

Of course the more common uses for paperbark is that of shelter and here on our humpy we’re just using it like roof tiles. We just put it on top like this, lock them into place - they stop the rain, it’s that simple. If you come inside we’ll see what else we can use it for.

So down here we’re using paperbark as bedding, really soft it’ll keep you dry, I’m telling you this is great stuff to sleep on it’s really good. Also if you’ve got a little baby, the women would use the Coolamons, which is an aboriginal word for bowl, paperbark in, baby on top nice and soft for bubba. The softer pieces of paperbark – we can soak these in water wrap our food inside, preferably fish for me, but you can use kangaroo or emu, put it on the fire really easy to cook. Of course there are medicinal uses for paperbark as well.

So one of the more important uses of Melaleuca or tea tree or paperbark is of course the oil. The oil is found in the leaves. We use that in the cut as an antiseptic, we can use the paperbark as the bandage and whatever’s available in this case we’re using Lomandra – we use that as our tie and hopefully that’s going to stop the bleeding and perhaps infection as well.

So there you go next time you look at plants hopefully you’ll see a whole lot more than just the beauty of them. My names Clarence until next time Jingawal.

STEPHEN RYAN: One of the few problems of living in a tropical paradise is dealing with those tropical garden pests, but never fear, here’s Leonie with some natural homemade remedies.

LEONIE'S PEST REMEDIES
Leonie Norrington

LEONIE NORRINGTON: Darwin’s a paradise for insects at this time of year. During the wet season from October to May, the weather’s warm, there’s high humidity and lots of rain, so we have an explosion of leafy growth and that means food for insect pests and they breed very quickly.

This includes everything from sap sucking insects like aphids, scale, mites and thrips to chewing insects like leaf-eating ladybirds, caterpillars and grass hoppers.

I like remedies from ingredients that grow in my garden. Now these are contact sprays so they need to be sprayed directly on the body of the insect pest. They will keep a couple of days, but they’re best made fresh every time.

For soft-bodied insects like aphids and mites, try this pawpaw spray. It’s one of my favourites. I’ve blended a bunch of pawpaw leaves with enough water to make a paste and then added a litre of boiling water and let it sit for a few hours. Now I just need to strain it and add two litres of water. Add a little bit of potassium soap – about 10 mill per litre. Now we want 2 mill per litre of vegetable oil. And now we just need to stir it and give it a nice fine strain. Apply it generously all over the plant every couple of days or until you see a result. Remember to re-apply after rain or if you've used a sprinkler.

This next remedy will work with all the insects in your garden, except grasshoppers and beetles. They're hard-bodied and the only way to deal with them is give them a good squash. So we start off with a cup full of Birdseye Chillies and add enough water to make a paste. Birdseye Chillies are extremely hot, so don't breathe the fumes, don't touch your face or your eyes or sensitive parts of your body and wash your hands thoroughly afterwards. Now I just need to add some potassium soap, a litre of water, let it sit overnight and it’s ready to go. Spray on top and under the leaves. With all these remedies, I also spray the neighbouring plants so the pests don’t just move and come back later.

If you’ve got aphids, white oil is what you need. It’s also good for other stationary insects too because it covers and suffocates them. To make it, take one cup of oil, one and a half cups of water and a couple of mill of potassium soap. Either shake it or mix it up in your blender. To use it, you use one part of white oil to 10 parts of water. Only apply white oil, and in fact all of these remedies that I’m showing you, in the evening when it’s cooler. You risk burning a plants if you spray them in full sun.

Potassium soap is especially good for thrips and mites. It’s better than other soap sprays because it’s gentler on the plants. All you do is add 20 mL of Potassium Soap to a litre of water. Apply it liberally to the plant, focussing on where the pests are located. Keep doing it every 2 days until you see a change.

With all of these remedies take care. Do a test patch first, wait 24 hours to see if it does any damage to the foliage and then go further. And don’t be tempted to make them too strong. Store them in sealed containers, never use drink bottles, label them clearly and keep them out of reach of children and pets. If you have any sensitivities, make sure you use safety gear.

Pest remedies, even the natural ones, should be the last resort in your garden. So keep an eye on what’s happening. The sooner you treat a problem, the better and the happier and healthier your garden will be.

STEPHEN RYAN: And now to Brisbane where Jerry met a couple of gardeners who’ve proved that being close to the city doesn’t mean being far away from nature.

HABITAT GARDENERS
Jerry Coleby-Williams

JERRY COLEBY-WILLIAMS: Because of changing priorities and interests, Richard and Joan Cassels have changed homes several times over the last 20 years, but all 4 homes have backed onto this gully in inner-suburban Brisbane.

So what did you decide you wanted from this latest garden?

JOAN CASSELS: Basically a place that was fabulous and beautiful to be in. A place that would help to feed us, but also to...a habitat for the wildlife which is so rapidly disappearing and I was feeling. ‘Oh my goodness. If we don’t something for what we know was the wonderful bird life that was here, we’re going to lose it all.’

JERRY COLEBY-WILLIAMS: There’s a lot of different things in the garden but basically what I can see is natives and food plants.

JOAN CASSELS: Well I wanted as many food plants as I could close to the kitchen and they mainly take the most maintenance too for feeding and for watering. We’ve got the lemon and the mandarin, the olives, the tamarillo, the pawpaw and an avocado. We have a rhubarb and asparagus.

JERRY COLEBY-WILLIAMS: A 40 degree plus slope like this is a huge challenge. The terracing has effectively halted erosion and retains water on site where it is needed. And I love the way it has been done with flair, rather than just conventional parallel levels.

These ground covers are looking really healthy. What are you growing here?

JOAN CASSELS: Dianellas and Lomandras on this very steep bank and they seem to love sitting in tyres because they get well watered. They didn’t start as tube stock. They started as the next size up and I put rocks around them so then the turkey can’t just pull it out. And the noisy miners come and feast as well.

JERRY COLEBY-WILLIAMS: The sound of birds is everywhere here.

RICHARD CASSELS: Well we’ve got 2 birdnest boxes and one of them is now currently occupied by a pair of kookaburras and there’s a young kookaburra hammering on the sides all the time. And over the last 10 years I’ve recorded birds and we’ve currently recorded 96 different species in the gully, so it is really important habitat even in the city centre.

JERRY COLEBY-WILLIAMS: And how about down here? There’s some lovely contrasting foliage I must say.

JOAN CASSELS: It is isn’t it? That’s the Diploglottis australis and behind is the Grevillea baileyana and I love that when the wind blows because it has this wonderful blonde, satin underside of its leaf.

JERRY COLEBY-WILLIAMS: Now this I recognise. This is native holly and it’s a favourite of mine, but what purpose does it serve?

JOAN CASSELS: I’m hedging it to make a little hedge row across here because small birds love hedge rows so little wrens and things like that, they feel safe if they can tuck themselves into a little hedge. So this is a little hedge row going round about the pond.

JERRY COLEBY-WILLIAMS: The Cassels have done a wonderful job improving their backyard, but what’s over the back fence is equally important to them. Together with a group of concerned neighbours, they successfully campaigned to have the gully revegetated with natives.

RICHARD CASSELS: Cause quite a few of the neighbours are now actually involved in keeping the creepers, the other weeds out of here and the canopy’s growing really nicely, so we’re going to end up with even more wonderful habitat. An extension of our habitat.

JERRY COLEBY-WILLIAMS: Well I think it’s marvellous that you can have all this and be just one and a half kilometres from Brisbane CBD.

JOAN CASSELS: It is isn’t it? It just proves that you don’t have to be living on 5 acres somewhere with a strawbale house to have all of this.

RICHARD CASSELS: It’s so full of wildlife and it’s such an interesting challenge to live in. And also the gullies...they’re so full of trees, you could be miles away. It’s just a lovely spot to live.

STEPHEN RYAN: That’s all we’ve got for you this week, but don’t forget our Vegie Guide is still online, so why not go there for tips and advice on what to plant in January in your climatic zone. And in the meantime, here’s a taste of what’s on next week’s show.

Jane visits an inspiring garden, where the pets and plants co-exist in harmony.

And Colin travels to Townsville where he meets a couple of tenacious gardeners who have created an oasis in the horticulturally challenging dry tropics.

That’s all for this week, so happy gardening and we’ll see you again next week.

A Townsville Garden: Colin Campbell explores a garden where the owners have overcome Townsville's challenging dry tropical climate to create a paradise.

Fruit Tree Maintenance: Jerry Coleby-Williams is doing some maintenance on his fruit trees, pruning out citrus gall wasp, cleaning and spraying to prevent fungal attack and controlling the roots of the bananas.

Fruit Fly: Josh Byrne explains how to protect crops from fruit fly attack.

Bare Patches: John Patrick shows some simple design tips to prevent wear and tear on the garden.

A Dog's Garden: Jane Edmanson visits a family who have designed their small suburban garden to cater for everyone, especially their pets.

Old Fashioned Garden Tips: Colin Campbell explains some of the best practical gardening tips he's picked up over his long career, all tried and tested by generations of gardeners.

Point Preschool: Angus Stewart visits a pre-school garden in Sydney designed to connect the kids with their local plants and animals, and the food that ends up on the table.

Planning a Bed: John Patrick gives tips on where to position plants in a garden bed and visits a garden to look at some examples.

Understanding the Environment: Clarence Slockee shows how aboriginal people manage plant resources sustainably to ensure a future for themselves and the local ecosystem.

Moving the Garden: Josh Byrne shows how to move potted plants and how to propagate cuttings to get a new garden off to a flying start.

Spring Flowers: Sophie Thomson visits a bustling spring garden to show her favourite plants for colour and cut flowers.

Stephanie Alexander: Leonie Norrington chats to Stephanie Alexander at the launch of The Kitchen Garden Foundation in The Top End to discuss how they are growing a new generation of gardeners.

Cumberland Plain Woodland: Clarence Slockee visits the Mt Annan Botanic Garden about 60 km south west of Sydney to find out about a unique piece of remnant woodland and what they are doing to preserve it.

Drawing for Design: John Patrick demonstrates how to draw some symbols used in garden design to experiment with your own space.

Kemi's Garden: Jane Edmanson meets a woman who has established a productive garden with the sole aim of providing raw food for her family.

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