Guide to creating your own cottage garden from scratch.
It's Christmas and we're excited about family time, holiday projects and getting the garden summer-ready! Costa and Millie build a cubby hideaway, Sophie pots up a succulent frame, Josh makes seed bomb bonbons.
In a Christmas special, Costa and Sophie plant summer shade to protect Sophie's new summer retreat; Millie uncovers an urban mistletoe project, Josh gets crafty for the holidays and Costa meets a tropical fruit carver.
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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 b
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.
Paula and Michael's Garden: Stephen Ryan meets a couple in their beautiful sprawling suburban garden, which has been a joy to them for more than three decades, but also speaks of families who worked and loved it in the past. Cucurbits: Jerry Coleby-Williams shows how he makes his cucumbers, zucchini and pumpkin plants fruit more successfully by giving nature a bit of a helping hand in the vegetable patch. Germinating Native Seeds: Clarence Slockee looks at how the elements of drought, fire and flood help native seeds germinate and shows how you can reproduce these conditions for similar result. Gravel Paths: Leonie Norrington shows how to make a gravel path for the tropics - where rainfall is high and bare feet are the rule. Citrus Care: Sophie Thomson highlights the rules for nurturing citrus trees and protecting them from disease and pests. Hendrik's Garden: Jane Edmanson meets a landscaper who bends the rules to make a beautiful, productive garden where he works and plays. The Vegie Guide: Stephen Ryan updates the Vegie Guide - looking at what's good to plant in vegie gardens, around the country.
A Novice Gardener: Jane Edmanson visits comedian Dave Lawson to check out his garden, solve some problems and give him a hand to make it bloom. Vegie Garden Rescue: Leonie Norrington is planting vegies in her Top End garden. Ilda's Garden: Josh Byrne visits a spectacular award-winning garden in the hills outside Perth and meets the brilliant gardener behind it all. Building a Herb Bed: Tino Carnevale makes a unique raised garden bed from tree prunings. Indigiscapes: Colin Campbell explores a series of gardens that highlight some native plants to grow in Brisbane and how to use them in the garden.
Filling the Gaps: Stephen Ryan shows how to fill unexpected gaps in a garden bed. The Vegie Patch: Tino Carnevale updates us on what's been happening at the Vegie Patch over summer, tends to the tomatoes, beans and corn and checks the progress of his giant pumpkin. The Vegie Guide: Stephan Ryan updates the Vegie Guide - looking at what's good to plant in vegie gardens, around the country. Horticultural Legends: Jane Edmanson visits a family with a long history in horticulture and explores their secret tropical garden. Pest Patrol: Jerry Coleby-Williams explains how to spot some common insect pests and what to do to control them. Gardening With Fish: Colin Campbell meets an aquaponics expert to find out how to set up a system to grow fresh fish and vegetables at home.
Autumn Flowers: Sophie Thomson profiles some of her favourite plants for late season colour. Corn and Co: Jerry Coleby- Williams checks his potted produce, digs in his spectacular green manure and plants nematode resistant crops - corn and amaranth. Designing With Trees: John Patrick visits a newly planted garden to explain how to design around mature trees and what to do to make the most of them. Using Climbers: Josh Byrne shows how to make the most of vertical space in the garden by using climbing plants. Wendy's Secret Garden: Clarence Slockee visits Sydney artist Wendy Whiteley to see the beautiful garden she has created on disused public land.
Flood Recovery Tips: Colin Campbell answers viewer emails about dealing with flood damaged plants and gardens. A Chat With Friends: Stephen Ryan visits a prolific productive garden created by two old friends in a rented suburban backyard. The Vegie Patch: Tino Carnevale prunes and feeds the corn, plants a new crop of chillies and tackles a common fruit tree pest - pear and cherry slug. Tropical Flowers: Leonie Norrington profiles some of her favourite flowers for the Wet Season and explains how to grow them. After the Floods: Jerry Coleby-Williams explains how inundation affects plants and soil and shows what can be done about it.
Starting Over: Colin Campbell visits a passionate 80 year old orchid grower who lost his entire collection during the Queensland floods but who is determined to start again. John's Vegie Plot: John Patrick plants vegies for autumn including broccoli, leeks, mixed lettuce and a late crop of zucchini. Seed Bombs: Jerry Coleby-Williams demonstrates a set and forget method for sowing seed. Building a Compost Bay: Josh Byrne builds a simple compost bin and explains how to keep it cooking through the seasons. Horticultural Oil: Sophie Thomson demonstrates how to easy it is to make your own horticultural oils. Robbie's Garden: Jane Edmanson visits a finalist in the Gardening Australia 'Gardener of the Year' competition who has spent 20 years converting a bare rocky paddock into a stunning garden.
Native Beauties: Josh Byrne visits King's Park to check out some great native flowering plants. Wet Season Tasks: Leonie makes a rich potting mix for her tomato crop, creates a fertiliser from weeds and harvests a range of tropical fruit and veg. pH Testing: Jerry Coleby-Williams shows how easy it is to test the pH Levels of soil The Vegie Guide: With the change of season in the air, Stephen looks at what could be grown in vegie patches around the country Fast Food: Colin Campbell plants some fast growing vegies to help gardeners in flood affected areas get some fresh food on the table quickly. 2010 Gardener of the Year: Angus Stewart visits the winner of Gardening Australia's 'Gardener of the Year' for 2010, has a look around their garden and presents them with their award.
Making Perfect Vegie Soil: Tino Carnevale shows how to create the perfect soil for growing vegies. The Wild Garden: Clarence Slockee introduces some of the wildlife that lives in the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney. Disease Alert - Myrtle Rust: Angus Stewart finds out about Myrtle Rust, a new plant disease that has the potential to devastate Australia's native forests. Pineapple Lilies: Sophie Thomson looks at the sweet perfumed bulb from East Africa, Eucomis. Autumn Vegies: Josh Byrne plants vegies for the season ahead including lettuce, broccolini and beans. Antoinette and Rocky's Garden: Jane Edmanson visits a beautiful large garden full of colour, characters and plenty of produce.
Making a New Start: Jane Edmanson visits a garden devastated by the recent floods, in Charlton in country Victoria, to see the damage done, offer advice and organise a working bee to start rebuilding. Caring for Orchids: Sophie Thomson checks in on passionate young gardener Daniel Lutz to see his orchid collection and get his top tips for healthy plants. Debra's Garden: Stephen Ryan visits a curious little garden in the Western suburbs of Melbourne to find out how it has evolved and where it is going. The Vegie Patch: Tino Carnevale makes the most of this year's harvest by saving seed for next season, prepares crops for storage and picks what he can 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.
The Vegie Patch: Tino Carnevale checks the progress of his gardening experiments including the giant pumpkin, the kiwi fruit and propagates a new plant from his banana plant. Dallas Kampe's Garden: Colin Campbell meets a gardener who has filled his suburban plot with rare and exotic plants and unique home-made sculptures. Small Gum Trees: John Patrick looks at a range of Eucalypts suited to small gardens and explains how to use them. Clerodendrums: Stephen Ryan profiles the Rose Glory Bower and Harlequin Glory Bower, two Clerodendrums with unusual characteristics. Using Bamboo: Jerry Coleby-Williams profiles some great varieties of bamboo for the home garden and shows how to maintain and use them. Getting Kids to Garden: Sophie Thomson shows some simple ways to introduce kids to gardening.
Courtyard Design Tips: John Patrick looks at successful design elements to make the most out of limited space in courtyard gardens. Spotting Conifer Borer: Sophie Thomson shows how to identify conifer borer and gives tips on how to prevent it. Large Leaf Plants: Stephen Ryan profiles some of his favourite giant leaved plants to bring a subtropical feel to his cold climate garden. A Native Plant Showcase: Angus Stewart explores an extensive collection of Australian plants in outback NSW. The Vegie Guide: Stephen Ryan updates the Vegie Guide - looking at what's good to plant in vegie gardens, around the country. Layering a Vegie Bed: Leonie Norrington builds a raised garden bed to plant her dry season vegies away from the competition of large tree roots. A Kings Cross Treasure: Clarence Slockee drops in on a local legend to see the unusual garden he has created on Sydney's most notorious strip.
A Prize Pumpkin?: Tino Carnevale enters his giant pumpkin into competition at Tassie's Bream Creek Show. Tips for Using Foliage: John Patrick explains how to use foliage colour and texture to bring interest to a small space. Chasing the Sun: Josh Byrne shows how to make the most of cool season sun by planting vegies in pots including silver beet, celery and an experimental crop of tomatoes. Growing Strawberries: Jerry Coleby-Williams demonstrates how to propagate strawberry plants from seed and runners to produce a bumper spring crop. A Garden on the River: Jane Edmanson visits an inspiring gardener in Melbourne, who has planted for flowers, foliage and the local wildlife.
The Vegie Patch: Tino Carnevale updates on recent progress in the patch and plants winter crops carrots, parsnips, beetroot and kale. Eleanor's Garden: Stephen Ryan drops in on a gardener who has made clever use of the limited space in her small suburban patch. A Collector's Garden: Sophie Thomson visits an old friend to explore his collection of unusual plants. Tropical Pineapples: Leonie Norrington shows how to propagate and plant a new crop of pineapples and tries a trick to make the older plants produce fruit out of season. The Vegie Guide: Stephen Ryan updates the Vegie Guide - looking at what's good to plant in vegie gardens, around the country Planning a Backyard: Josh Byrne helps a young father and keen gardener turn his enthusiasm into a productive, practical and playful backyard for the family.
The Vegie Patch: Tino Carnevale plants heirloom potatoes and peas in The Vegie Patch. Growing Perfect Hibiscus: Colin Campbell looks at a colourful collection of Hibiscus and talks to an expert Hibiscus grower on how to care for them. Climbers Through Trees: Stephen Ryan shows how to train climbers around trees to add seasonal colour and protect fruit crops. Bulbs in the Tropics: Leonie Norrington shows how to get cool climate bulbs to flower in the tropics. Crop Rotation: Tino explains the principles behind crop rotation and how to apply them in the home garden. Transplanting Native Trees: Angus Stewart explains which native plants can be successfully transplanted and how to do it. Master Grafter: Jane Edmanson drops in an old friend to see some of the tricks he has mastered over a lifetime gardening.
Autumn Colour: Stephen Ryan profiles some of his favourite plants for vibrant autumn colour. Pruning Wisteria: John Patrick demonstrates how to prune a wisteria vine. 2010 Gardener of the Year: Angus Stewart visits the winner of Gardening Australia's 'Gardener of the Year' for 2010, has a look around their garden and presents them with their award. Perennial Vegies: Sophie Thomson shows how to incorporate some hardy perennial vegetables into an ornamental garden. The Vegie Guide: Stephen Ryan updates the Vegie Guide - looking at what's good to plant in vegie gardens, around the country. Planting for Pollinators: Jerry Coleby-Williams explains what plants attract pollinators and starts a new garden bed to bring even more into his productive backyard.
Garage Mahal: Josh Byrne visits an unusual house in Fremantle, where the garden has been designed to provide shelter, shade and security. Subtropical Onions: Jerry Coleby-Williams plants a range of onions and their relatives suited to the subtropics. Planting Under Trees: Jane Edmanson shows what will grow under the competition of trees and how to get them to thrive. Growing Kangkong: Leonie Norrington shows a simple way to grow leafy greens in a small garden. A Family Garden, Part 1: John Patrick visits a garden where the owner has filled a difficult sloped block with an amazing collection of rare plants.
Front Garden Progress: After the hottest summer on record, Josh is taking stock of his native front garden by looking at what has thrived and replacing those plants that haven't. Kate and Mo's Garden: Stephen Ryan drops in on some old friends to see the private oasis they have created from nothing, in only a few years. Dry Season Vegies: Leonie Norrington plants cool season crops in her layered vegie bed including cabbage, broccoli and beetroot. Vegie Guide: Stephen Ryan updates the Vegie Guide - looking at what's good to plant in vegie gardens, around the country. Rose Hedge Planting: Sophie Thomson shows how to create a colourful and fragrant hedge from roses and explains which varieties are best to use. The Tree Keepers: Colin Campbell explores an incredible collection of trees only a stone's throw from the Brisbane CBD to find out who created it and why.
The Vegie Patch: Tino Carnevale is doing some essential winter jobs including thinning beetroot, carrots and parsnips seedlings, training the climbing peas and planting a new crop of garlic. Best in Show: Jane Edmanson follows retired flower grower Frank Baguley into competition at the Chrysanthemum Society of Victoria's Annual Show - will he get 'best in show'? Conifer Cuttings: Stephen Ryan goes through the steps on how to make successful cuttings of conifers. Native Herbs: Clarence Slockee looks at Australian native herbs and spices and how to use them. Subtropical Shade Plants: Colin Campbell takes a look at a range of subtropical plants that like the shade.
Winter Inspiration: Stephen Ryan visits the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne to explore their collection of unusual plants and mature trees. A Transplanted Garden: Sophie Thomson visits a young garden where the owners dug-up, moved and replanted everything from their former home. Growing Pandanus: Jerry Coleby-Williams looks at the Pandanus and shows why he likes to grow it and how to propagate them. A Rock-Solid Garden: Angus Stewart visits a garden in Sydney, filled with a combination of native and exotic plants. The Vegie Patch: Tino Carnevale checks the progress of the NZ yams, prunes raspberry and youngberry canes and gives the peas a homemade health kick.
A Family Backyard, Part 2: After helping with the initial layout, Josh Byrne re-visits a young family to help them with the next step building their dream back yard by defining paths and garden beds, preparing for irrigation and starting the trellis for the fruit trees. Giant Lilies: Clarence Slockee looks a spectacular group of local plants, Gymea and Spear Lilies. Waldo the Bush Poet: Leonie Norrington visits Waldo Bayley, a Vietnam veteran and poet, to explore his large rural block filled with tropical trees, flowers and individuality. Peas, Beans and Leafy Greens: Jerry Coleby-Williams plants peas and broad beans for a big spring harvest and shows how he keeps up a continuous supply of greens. A Garden for Song: Jane Edmanson visits opera singers Antoinette Halloran and James Egglestone to see the garden they have created for their young family and their music.
Winter Vegie Tips: Sophie Thomson visits young gardening sensation Daniel Lutz to get his top tips for growing winter vegies The Vegie Guide: Stephen Ryan updates the Vegie Guide - looking at what's good to plant in vegie gardens, around the country A Picture Garden: Jerry Coleby-Williams visits an old friend to see the colourful garden she has created to look good all year around Simple Hydroponics: Josh Byrne shows how to make a cheap hydroponic system to grow herbs and greens in a small garden, using only 2 buckets and some PVC pipe and fittings The Fig Tree Memorial: Colin Campbell visits Brisbane's Roma Street Parklands, which was devastated by storms in 2008, to see what plants have recovered and how the gardens have been redeveloped Antoinette and Rocky's Garden: Jane Edmanson visits a beautiful large garden on the outskirts of Melbourne full of colour, characters and plenty of fun
Pruning Grapevines: Tino Carnevale visits his dad to learn how he prunes his grapevines to create healthy vines and a bumper crop. Camellias in Bloom: Colin Campbell discovers some stunning Camellias and then gives his tips for growing them in the subtropics Beautiful Fruit Trees: Stephen Ryan profiles some of his favourite small trees that also produce a crop An Integrated Garden: Josh Byrne visits a gardener in Perth who has transformed her 'sterile' block into a thriving garden including multi use plants, chooks, guinea pigs and a verge full of vegies The Chelsea Flower Show 2011: Jane Edmanson visits the RHS Flower show in Chelsea to check out the Royal Botanic Garden Melbourne's gold medal winning 'Australian Garden'.
A Groundbreaking Garden: Stephen Ryan visits Gwen Ford to explore her iconic Australian garden, created by her late husband Gordon, one of our most eminent 20th century designers Planting Around Pools: Angus Stewart explains how to pick plants that will thrive when planted around swimming pools Making Mini Gardens: Sophie Thomson shows how to keep your kids gardening in winter, by creating a miniature indoor garden A Vegie Garden Check-Up: Jerry is in his cool season vegie garden collecting seed of his most successful crops, propagating the next season of yams and planting a cash crop An Inner City Bush Haven: John Patrick visits a small inner city block in Melbourne which has been designed to create a distinctly bushland feel
The Vegie Patch: Tino Carnevale digs in the green manure crop, checks the progress of winter crops and plants a range of herbs in his handmade garden. A Kings Cross Treasure: Clarence Slockee drops in on a local legend to see the unusual garden he has created on Sydney's most notorious strip. Unusual Edible Plants: Jerry Coleby-Williams shows some of the unusual edible crops he is growing in his garden. Tidying Up Citrus: Jane Edmanson gives tips on how to keep citrus productive and in perfect health. Building a Bat Box: Josh Byrne builds a microbat nesting box to encourage them into his garden to help control insect pests and explains why they are a gardener's friend. A Garden Retreat: Colin Campbell visits a subtropical garden that has become a habitat haven for local wildlife, particularly frogs.
Gardening With Kids: Sophie Thomson shows how to keep the kids gardening through the winter months with some fun planting ideas This Gardening Life: Josh Byrne visits a couple who have worked together for over twenty years to create an abundant food forest garden Propagating the Unusual: Jerry Coleby-Williams shows how to take advantage of the cool dry weather in the subtropics by propagating some unusual plants Fruit Tree Pruning: Tino Carnevale helps a new home owner tackle a garden full of old and overgrown fruit trees The Vegie Guide: Stephen Ryan updates the Vegie Guide - looking at what's good to plant in vegie gardens, around the country A Traveller's Garden: Angus Stewart visits a garden in the shadow of the Sydney Harbour Bridge which reflects the owner's lifetime love of horticulture, art and travel
Making Odd Spaces Work: John Patrick visits a garden where the designer has managed to make productive use of a series of unusual gardening spaces. A Helping Hand: Colin Campbell checks in on plant collector Bill Coombes, in Brisbane, to see how his garden is recovering after the devastating QLD floods. Josh's Vegie Trials: Josh Byrne checks on the progress of some of his low cost and experimental vegie projects around the garden. Winter Flowering Natives: Jane Edmanson visits Victoria's oldest native plant garden to look at her favourites for winter colour. A Garden for the Kids: Clarence Slockee visits a local primary school to help them get their new garden into the ground.
Mara's Garden: Stephen Ryan visits a young mother and passionate gardener to chat about her creative and productive suburban garden. The Australian Garden: Jane Edmanson travels to The Australian Garden in Cranbourne, the inspiration for the gold medal winning garden at The Chelsea Flower Show, to see the exciting new development under construction. Wild Greens: Jerry Coleby-Williams identifies some weeds in the garden that can also be eaten as food. A Family Backyard, Part 3: Josh Byrne checks in on a young family to see the progress of their DIY back yard and give them a hand with the next step. Top 5 Winter Natives: Angus Stewart picks his top 5 native plants to add colour to the winter garden.
Getting Started: Jane Edmanson visits ABC 3 presenter and aspirational gardener Amberley Lobo, to check out her small plot and give her a hand to make it bloom. Choosing a Feature Tree: John Patrick explains how to pick the perfect feature tree to provide colour, shade, fruit or somewhere to hang a swing. A Love of Bonsai: Sophie Thomson meets a man with a passion for bonsai using Australian native plants. The Vegie Patch: Tino makes a home-made fertiliser to feed the fruit trees to prepare them for the season ahead. Inspired by Vietnam: Colin Campbell visits a gardener whose trips to Vietnam have inspired his exotic and colourful garden.
The Vegie Patch: Tino Carnevale shows how to make 'hot' compost to process all of the winter garden waste from The Vegie Patch. The Vegie Guide: Stephen Ryan updates the Vegie Guide - looking at what's good to plant in vegie gardens, around the country A Sunshine Coast Garden: Colin Campbell visits some old friends to see the colourful garden they have created on Queensland's iconic Sunshine Coast. Creating a Terrarium: Jane Edmanson shows how to plant the ultimate low maintenance garden - a terrarium. Wairoa: Sophie Thomson visits one of the oldest gardens in South Australia to explore its incredible plant collection. Jean's Garden: Josh Byrne visits a gardener who has turned a steep and rocky block into a bustling garden full of natives, roses and ornamental trees.
Esther's Garden: Stephen Ryan drops in on a passionate gardener with a singular obsession - wattles. A Garden in Alice: Jane Edmanson visits a young family to find out how they created their beautiful and productive garden in the middle of the desert. Making a Hot Box: Josh Byrne shows how to builds a homemade hot house to raise seed. Weed Control: Jerry Coleby-Williams shows how to control weeds organically. Early Spring Vegies: Josh Byrne plants fast growing spring crops lettuce and Asian greens. Guilfoyle's Volcano: John Patrick visits the RBG Melbourne to see Guilfoyle's Volcano, a spectacular new project that has restored an original part of the garden, hidden from view for nearly a century.
Spring Vegie Jobs: Jerry Coleby-Williams is in his vegie garden harvesting spices, saving seed and planting early season crops celery, celeriac, lettuce and radish. The Vegie Guide: Stephen Ryan updates the Vegie Guide - looking at what's good to plant in vegie gardens, around the country. The Weird and Wonderful: Sophie Thomson looks at some of the weird and wonderful plants at The Botanic Gardens of Adelaide. Checking In With Dave: Jane Edmanson returns to see how novice gardener and comedian Dave Lawson has got along with his garden since her last visit. Pruning Banksias: Angus Stewart demonstrates how to prune banksias for shape, lots of flowers or a complete rejuvenation. 'Runnymede': Tino Carnevale visits one of Hobart's oldest gardens to explore its plant collection and history.
Conserving Rare Trees: Clarence Slockee looks at some rare and threatened plants and explains how they're being protected. The Vegie Patch - Potatoes / Seed vs Seedlings: Tino Carnevale plants spring crops including red onion, garlic and lettuce and a range of traditional and unusual potato varieties. Rusty's Garden: Jane Edmanson visits comedian and musician Rusty Berther, from The Scared Weird Little Guys, to help him prepare for the competitive marrow growing season. Caring for Succulents: Jerry Coleby-Williams gets stuck into his succulents and cacti, doing some much needed maintenance before the hot weather arrives. Old-Fashioned Roses: Colin Campbell visits a gardener who collects old fashioned roses and manages to grow them to perfection in the challenging Brisbane conditions.
A School Vegie Garden: Tino Carnevale checks in on a school garden he helped build a year ago to see their success and solve a few problems. Propagating Herbs: Angus Stewart looks at a variety of methods for propagating herbs and shows which method is best for different types A Tale of Two Gardens: John Patrick explores the gardens at The Heide Museum of Modern Art to look at changes in garden design over the years. A Family Backyard, Part 4: Josh Byrne checks in on the family backyard and helps plant some herbs for the chooks, rejuvenate the lawn and mark the final layout of the pathways. An Oasis in the Desert: Jane Edmanson visits The Olive Pink Botanic Garden in Alice Springs to see the incredible colour of the desert and its plants.
A Garden for the Future: Stephen Ryan drops in on a young gardener and friend to see how his garden, plant collection and passion have grown. Pest Control: Jerry Coleby-Williams plants a range of crops to help control the explosion of insect pests in his productive garden. The Vegie Guide: Stephen Ryan updates the Vegie Guide - looking at what's good to plant in vegie gardens, around the country Potted Plant Care: Jane Edmanson shows what to do to potted plants to get great results through the coming season. Spring Pruning: Josh Byrne is doing some essential spring pruning to shape plants, encourage vigorous growth for lots of fruit. A Native Cottage Garden: Sophie Thomson visits a gardener in Adelaide, with a collection of native plants from across Australia.
Gardening for Community: Jane Edmanson visits a couple who have built a colourful and productive garden for themselves and their local community. Subtropical Spring Vegies: Jerry's Coleby-Williams plants a range of crops suited to the challenging conditions of a subtropical spring. A Garden to Remember: Angus Stewart visits an extensive native garden created by a passionate plants man, which is now lovingly maintained by his widow as a tribute. Propagating Cuttings: Stephen Ryan demonstrates the basics of plant propagation from cuttings. Rhododendrons in Bloom: John Patrick visits the National Rhododendron Gardens in Olinda VIC, to look at their spectacular display and pick a few favourites for the home garden.
Plants for Picking: Jane Edmanson profiles her favourite plants for cut flowers and shows how to grow them. Filled with Foliage: Jerry Coleby-Williams explores a garden in Brisbane, filled to the brim with colourful foliage, flowers and established trees. The Vegie Patch: Tino Carnevale shares his tips for growing tomatoes and checks in on his lettuce experiment. The Vegie Guide: Stephen Ryan updates the Vegie Guide - looking at what's good to plant in vegie gardens around the country. For the Love of Clivias: Angus Stewart visits a woman with a passion for tough and colourful clivia. WA Wildflowers: Josh Byrne visits Kings Park to check out their world famous collection of wildflowers, finds his favourites and profiles a few that are great in the home garden.
Daniel's Inspiration: Sophie Thompson speaks with teenager Daniel Lutz, to find out who sparked his incredible passion for gardening. Designing for a Family: John Patrick visits a garden designed for a large family who love to play outdoors. The Vegie Patch: Tino Carnevale plants some of his favourite summer crops capsicum, chillies and beans. Choosing Mulch: Angus Stewart explains the different types of mulch and how to use them. The Purple House: Jane Edmanson visits a hospital garden in Alice Springs that provides indigenous patients with traditional bush medicines.
On the Verge: Jerry Coleby-Williams plants sweet potatoes on his verge to make the most of every piece of his productive patch. The Towra Team: Clarence Slockee visits the Towra Team, a group of indigenous trainees working with NSW Parks to restore, protect and connect with their country. A Native Garden Showcase: Sophie Thomson explores The Adelaide Botanic Gardens to show how Australian plants can be used to create a range of traditional garden styles. Growing Succulents: Josh Byrne visits a gardener with a passion for growing succulent plants and cacti. A Spiritual Garden: Jane Edmanson meets a gardener who has spent 35 years creating a lush oasis, full of plants and memories
Irrigation Maintenance Tips: Josh Byrne prepares for the summer heat, flushing and repairing irrigation lines. Lyn and Bill's Garden: Stephen Ryan drops in on some old friends to explore their lovingly tended garden full of rare and unusual plants. The Vegie Patch - Crop Protection: Tino Carnevale demonstrates some simple ways to protect ripening crops. Bringing the Outside Inside: Colin Campbell visits a gardener who has overcome a challenging sloped block, by using two distinctly different garden styles. Planting for Summer: Josh Byrne plants some crops for the warmer seasons ahead. Tulips: Jane Edmanson visits a Tulip farm in Melbourne's Dandenong Ranges, to explore the colour and form of one of the world's most popular flowers.
Growing for the Mission: Jane Edmanson visits a flower grower who also grows vegetables for St Kilda's Sacred Heart Mission to help feed the homeless. A Family Backyard Final: Josh Byrne visits the young family to see the results of the playful and productive garden he has helped them to create. Seedling Production: Jerry Coleby-Williams visits a seedling nursery to find out how they grow them to perfection. Gardening in a New Climate: Tino Carnevale meets a gardener who has overcome the challenge of a new gardening climate, having moved from Queensland to the Apple Isle.
On the Verge: New host, Costa introduces an inspirational community project which will be the cornerstone of Gardening Australia for the year. He will transform his nature strip into a productive and playful garden for the whole street to use and enjoy. He kicks it all off by bringing the community together to build a no-dig vegie garden. A Triumph Over Sand: Jane visits a gardener in a bay-side suburb of Melbourne who has spent over fifty years creating her lush and colourful oasis in almost pure sand. The Vegie Patch: Costa travels to Hobart's Royal Botanical Gardens to catch up with Tino and find out what is happening in the vegie patch, get some advice about what to plant on the verge and do a bit of harvesting. The Italian Feast: Costa and Tino take the harvest from the vegie patch and take a drive to Tino's Mum and Dad where they cook up an Italian feast.
On the Verge: Costa introduces his chickens and builds a mobile 'chook tractor' to enlist their help clearing the weeds on the verge. He and the community also plant the first crop of vegies in the new no-dig garden. Ned's Grand Plan: Sophie meets a young gardener whose passion for plants has grown into a productive plan for his future. Autumn Jobs: Josh is getting stuck into some timely autumn maintenance including pruning, rejuvenating his little lawn and clearing some dead wood. A Garden for Play: Colin meets a couple who have created a playful and interactive garden to inspire their children to be outdoors.
Building Community: Jerry meets a Vietnam vet who has converted a wasteland into a vibrant and productive garden for the local community. On the Verge - Water: Costa installs a simple watering system to supply the growing verge garden. Gardening for Life: Jane visits a thriving market garden in Melbourne and meets the gardener who has farmed a piece of Melbourne's history for over 65 years. Picking Local Plants: Costa talks to a native plant expert to find out about the original landscape of the Bondi area and pick out some local species to plant on the verge. Plants and Ponds: Josh visits a large productive water plant nursery to see how plants keep ponds clean and healthy.
On the Verge: Costa makes the most of the sunniest spot on the verge by planting a Mediterranean herb maze. Going Green: Jerry takes advantage of the best growing season in the sub-tropics by planting fast growing Asian Greens. Get the Tropical Look: Sophie looks at a range of tropical looking plants perfectly suited to dry climate gardens. Banksias in Bloom: Josh visits King's Park to check out this iconic group of plants and marvels at some beauties. A Difficult Block: Colin visits a couple who have converted a series of awkward and exposed spaces into colourful garden rooms. The Vegie Patch: Tino looks at some of his successful experiments in The Vegie Patch and starts another, this time planting citrus in cool Tassie.
On the Verge - Compost: Costa shows us his fantastic compost recipe using ingredients donated by the community. Magical Mushrooms: Keen to grow mushrooms at home, Tino meets a mushroom farmer in Tasmania to get some ideas. Home at Last: John discovers a beautiful garden in Melbourne that blends a formal garden design with the informality of surrounding bush. A World Inside a World: Costa and Angus take a closer look at the millions of individual organisms in compost and show us how to troubleshoot compost problems. A Day At The Zoo: Jane heads to the Melbourne zoological gardens to discover how all the green and brown waste is handled.
Predators Wanted: Jerry plants a range of species to attract predator insects to help keep pests under control. Farming Worms: Costa visits a passionate recycler to find out how to turn household scraps into food for plants and soil. Baskets of Colour: Colin shows how to plant productive and colourful hanging baskets to attract pollinating insects into any space, no matter the size. Animal Attraction: Josh meets a carpenter who has turned his skills to building habitat and housing for a diverse range of animals. Olives and Naked Ladies: Sophie plants a dramatic and drought tolerant new entrance to her house garden.
A New Verge: Costa heads down the street to help a few families get started on their very own verge garden full of vegies, herbs and Australian natives. Autumn Work: Tino harvests the last tomatoes, clears zucchini plants from the garden beds and does a spot of autumn fruit tree maintenance. The Vegie Guide: Find out what to plant in your climate zone. A Promise to Mum: Josh drops in on his mum to show us her stunning courtyard garden and home sanctuary that has been artfully designed for the seaside climate of Fremantle. Sophie's Tribe: Costa visits Sophie to take a tour of her new garden to see how it's going and find out what her plans are. He also meets her five kids. Planting for Winter: Tino plants some of the toughest, most productive and flavoursome winter vegies: the onions and the cabbages.
On the Verge - Traffic: Costa builds paths around and through the verge to prevent plants being trampled, and to allow car doors to open. The Palm Lady: Jane visits a passionate gardener who has filled her garden with palms from all over the world, and what's more remarkable is that she's done this in cool climate Melbourne. Potted Fruit: Colin plants small fruit trees in containers for easy access and low maintenance, so no matter how small a garden, fruit is still possible. A Cool House: Angus checks out a Sydney house and garden designed to be energy efficient and sustainable and which makes brilliant use of local plants to reduce the energy demands of the house. Grand Designs: John visits a spectacular Italian style villa on the Victorian coast whose formal design incorporates the production of fruit, vegetables and herbs.
On the Verge - First Harvest: Costa and the kids are picking the first harvest from the verge, which they distribute to the residents of the street. A Helping Hand: Jerry met his neighbour Chass when he moved to Wynnum 8 years ago and now the pair share the harvest of their gardens, as well as knowledge and advice. Good Companions: Tino is planting companion vegies, herbs and flowers that thrive under similar conditions and which bring benefits to help each other thrive. Growing Community: Jane is at one of her favourite gardens in Mornington Peninsular where the locals have transformed a disused paddock into a thriving place for the community to grow vegetables and share their harvest. Sharing the Load: Colin visits a neighbourhood in the Brisbane hinterland where two families have bonded over their love of gardening. Frank and Fred: Costa visits neighbours in Wollongong's industrial heartland who have shared a fence, friendship and their gardens for over forty years.
GARDENING AUSTRALIA SPECIAL - FARMING Ron's Place: Josh visits Ron Watkins, a third generation farmer in the Great Southern Region of WA, who over the last 30 years has transformed his approach to farming by dealing with the issues of salinity, water management and organics. As a result, he is a changed farmer. Food, Glorious Food: Sophie visits a small scale mixed farm on the outskirts of Adelaide that has been cleverly designed to make productive use of the local climate, site and resources. Based on permaculture principles, many of the features can be used in the home garden. Healing the Land: Costa visits an innovative young couple in country Victoria who have restored their land by working with and mimicking nature, the lessons of which can be easily applied by all gardeners. The Road Less Travelled: In Josh's follow up story with Ron Watkins, Josh visits the local farmers market, which Ron helped establish. Josh finds out why he did it, the role it plays in the community and how his connections with people fuel his passion for organics and the land.
The Colour of Autumn: John visits the Dandenong Ranges in Victoria to look at the spectacular autumn colour, find out why their leaves change and pick out a few of his favourite trees. Court in the Shade: Angus pays a visit to Costa to see first-hand how the On The Verge community project is going and to lend Costa a hand at a neighbour's place. A Shady Patch: Tino plants a shady spot in the patch with vegies that will produce a crop in low light conditions. A Potty Affair: Colin meets a passionate gardener in Brisbane with an extraordinary collection of shade loving plants in pots. The Hills Are Alive: Jane travels to the Yarra Valley to meet a gerbera grower to find out how he produces colourful flowers all year round.
A Bountiful Balcony: Costa visits Indira Naidoo in inner Sydney to see how she has transformed her 13th floor balcony into a productive garden. Home Among the Gum Trees: Josh visits the home garden of Perth's botanical royalty to see what is in their own small shady backyard. Prepping for Winter: Jerry gets to work to ensure he gets the best from his garden throughout winter in the subtropics. An Ancient Landscape: Tino visits a couple whose collection of rare and unusual plants echo's our ancient landscape - when Australia was part of Gondwana. A Home Supermarket: Costa travels to the Adelaide Hills to meet a pair of passionate gardeners who have established a wildly productive fruit and veg garden.
On the Verge - Creating Waves: Costa's on the verge with his neighbour planting a range of colourful winter veggies in a wavy pattern. Building for Bugs: Josh is building specialised habitat to attract a range of critters into his son's play area. Bespoke Vegies: Jerry profiles some of his favourite home grown vegies that are hard to find at the greengrocers. Zoo with a View: Sophie visits Adelaide Zoo to see how they have increased their garden space using the roofs of their buildings. A Horticultural Wonderland: Jane uncovers a gardener who has snipped and shaped his garden into a topiary wonderland in Melbourne's West.
Growing Health: Angus meets a bloke who suffered a mid-life health scare and turned to the garden to successfully transform his diet and his health. Warding off the Cold: Jerry demonstrates how to grow some tried and true plants to help tackle the symptoms of a common cold. Bringing Back the Bush: Costa meets a volunteer group who are working to bring the native bushland on the shores of Sydney Harbour back to health. The Vegie Guide: What to plant in the vegie patch in your climate zone. Amanda's Garden: Josh meets a couple who have created a spectacular garden as a memorial for their daughter.
Let There be Light: Costa removes an invasive tree species to allow more light to fuel the vegies on the verge. Back from the Brink: Tino meets a couple who have restored a formal garden on a windy wheat-belt, about an hour north of Hobart, for the whole community to enjoy. Gimme Shelter: Sophie is planting a number of windbreaks, to provide shelter to her vegie patch and orchard in the season to come and beyond. A Rainforest Retreat: Josh visits a gardener who has spent over 40 years creating a secluded rainforest retreat to hide away from Perth's hot and dry climate. Beside the Seaside: Jane Edmanson visits a creative couple who have built a lush, layered garden only a block from the beach.
School's In!: Costa helps a local school make productive use of small sunny space by helping to install an aquaponics system. Picking a Winner: Tino shows us how to select nursery stock that will perform best in the garden. From Small Beginnings: Sophie meets Tori Moreton who started an inspiring project for new gardeners to grow their own vegies. Starting a Verge: Costa lists the requirements for getting a verge garden started. Sitting Pretty: Josh builds a multi-purpose gabion rock seat in the garden. A Sucker for Salvias: John meets a gardener with a passion for salvias, one of the easiest colourful plants to grow in the garden.
Helping Hands: Costa jumps on board with the Canterbury Garden Care volunteers to lend a hand assisting a passionate older gardener. Bomb-Proof Beauties: Colin picks his favourite plants for beginners and explains how best to use them. The Next Generation: Tino is out in the patch keeping fit during winter, digging in compost and planting the strongest crops for the season to come. Growing a Gardener: Jerry shares some of the best gardening tips he learned from his grandfathers. Educating Angus: Angus drops in on his old horticultural lecturer Dr Bill Greenhalgh and checks out the thriving community garden Bill is overseeing at the retirement village.
Made in China: Jane meets the curator in charge of the diverse collection of Southern Chinese plants at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne to find out the story behind it. An Insatiable Appetite: Sophie meets an obsessive collector and breeder of carnivorous plants, who's travelled the world in search of the weirdest varieties. The Beauty of Begonias: Costa visits the stomping ground of the NSW Begonia Society to find out why they love begonias. The Vegie Guide: What to plant in the vegie patch in your climate zone. An Unusual Crop: Josh meets a farmer with an incredible and unexpected collection of eremophila whose passion has seen him travel the country in an attempt to complete his collection.
Growing Connections: Sophie is on the rooftop of a community medical centre to see how the clients use a productive garden as part of their therapy. A Secret Garden: Costa is in inner city Paddington at the old reservoir that’s been transformed from derelict infrastructure into a sunken garden for all to enjoy. Room to Grow: John Patrick visits a park to look at trees that are too big for your average back yard but can be enjoyed in a public space. Going Up!: Tino makes a vertical garden out of a recycled pallet that anyone can recreate in a small or large space. A Working Garden: Jerry visits the CSIRO in Brisbane to see how the building has been designed to bring the garden into the workplace.
The Italian Influence: Jane is at a heritage listed property on the outskirts of Melbourne that tells a story of the enduring legacy of Italian migration on Australia's food culture The Language of Gardening: Sophie visits a secondary school in Adelaide where students from diverse backgrounds learn English and share their experiences through gardening. A Remarkable Journey: Josh Byrne meets Peter Nguyen, a Vietnamese refugee, to find out how he came to be the curator of horticulture at the home of WA plants, Kings Park. Farming a Future: Costa visits Mamre House, a historic farm in Sydney's west that is providing a plot for refugees from around the world to grow traditional food and connect to community.
Taking a Tour: Jerry shows Costa around his garden to talk about the ways he uses plants. Streetsmarts: John visits a street in the Melbourne suburb of Ringwood, redesigned to stop flooding, catch and clean water using native plants, and grow edible plants for the locals. A Soothing Garden: Costa visits a gardener on the Gold Coast who makes her own hand balm from plants in her garden. The Hunter Gather: Josh visits a mate's place and shows how to collect, swap and propagate plants from cuttings. The Good Life: Tino meets a couple near Hobart who have built their life around using plants for food, shelter and income.
A Potato Famine: Jane visits a gardener who has great success with all manner of fruit and vegies in a small plot, save for one - potatoes. Jane gives her some tips to help. Taking Control: Tino's in his own garden planting a range of ornamental and fruiting plants using espaliering and plaiting techniques to achieve different effects. Pretty as a Picture: Sophie shows us how to make a framed 'picture' using colourful succulents. Growing Your Own: John Patrick demonstrates how to propagate perennials from cuttings to create bold and beautiful plantings. An Enjoyable Nightmare: Jerry visits a couple to have a look at their extraordinary collection of hundreds and hundreds of plants, all of which they have propagated.
Thinking Local: Angus meets a young nurseryman whose passion for propagating and protecting native plants is restoring bushland in Sydney's West. An Aussie Verge: Costa brings a bit of colour to the street by helping his neighbours plant their verge with Australian native flowers. The Vegie Patch: With the help of a bush food expert, Tino is planting vegies native to Tasmania in The Vegie Patch. Proudly Australian: Josh meets a couple with a native garden and a bush block who are doing their bit to protect Australia's biodiversity in Mandurah. A Distant Affair: Jane Edmanson visits the Napoleon Exhibition at the NGV, to explore Napoleon and Josephine's extraordinary fascination with Australia and its plants.
The Barefoot Farmer: Colin meets a market gardener who has joined up with the local primary school to help connect the kids with the garden and the food on their plate. Starting from Scratch: Jerry visits a newly established community garden to find out how it got started and give his top tips for getting one going from scratch. Life on the Street: Costa's meets a street of gardeners who have transformed their concrete nature strips into lush and playful gardens growing food, flowers and the community. Planting a Community: Sophie enlists the help of an herb expert to plant a community of beneficial plant species throughout her productive patch. The Club: Jane visits one of Australia's oldest horticultural societies to explore their extensive display gardens and meet some members.
GARDENING AUSTRALIA SPECIAL - CONNECTION TO COUNTRY The Totem Garden: Costa and Clarence are in Katherine to help a local pre-school build a sensory garden for the kids to explore. Farmed by Community: Costa and Clarence visit a productive farm on the outskirts of Katherine that is growing fresh food, jobs, skills, and a future for the local community. Growing Health: Josh visits a school in the remote Kimberley town of Looma that has integrated gardening into the canteen and the classroom. Learning the Land: Costa and Clarence travel to King Valley where women Elders have planted a garden to pass on knowledge and culture and strengthen their community.
In Love with Plants: Jerry visits a gardener in Wynnum to see how she has lovingly grown a garden brimming with plants, and gives her some advice on dealing with a persistent garden problem. Spring Into It: Tino is launching into the season by planting spring and summer vegies now the weather is warming up in The Vegie Patch. Dropping in on a Friend: Sophie visits a friend in the Adelaide Hills to see what she's growing and gain some inspiration for her own garden. A Nip and a Tuck: Josh learns a grafting technique from a man passionate about Eremophilas. Beyond the Black Stump: Angus is on the outskirts of Sydney to appreciate the labour of a lifetime that has gone into this stunning native garden, and demonstrates how to propagate native plants that will add to this gardener's collection.
Jumping the Fence: Jerry is with an environmental weed expert in a patch of local Brisbane bush to take a look at plants that have escaped from home gardens. Wild Food: Costa meets a suburban forager who's passionate about edible plants in the wild. A Looming Threat: John visits John Arnott at the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne to find out more about myrtle rust, a new fungal disease that could threaten a huge range of Australian plant species. Growing Health: Josh gets stuck into some spring work in his garden to ensure a healthy season, free of pests and disease. A Simple Solution: Sophie visits a lettuce farm to see how cleverly designed native planting has reduced pest and disease problems.
A Positive Path: Costa visits a community garden that's providing horticultural skills to juvenile offenders. A Plant Revival: Tino is in his garden providing tips and tricks for reviving unhealthy or neglected plants. The Secret Garden: Angus is in a garden tucked away in Sydney's North West, treasured by people of all abilities who come to enjoy the surrounds and grow plants. Core Gardening: Sophie's gets tips from a physiotherapist on ways to prevent injuring yourself when gardening. A Garden for Life: Jane Edmanson meets a young gardener whose plot has nurtured and nourished her through treatment for breast cancer.
Springing To Life: Costa enlists an army of helpers to help with spring planting more vegies on the verge. Nurturing the Landscape: Tino is planting out his front garden with indigenous and rare native plants to create shelter for local wildlife. Regenerating Connection: Angus meets a Ranger at Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park who works with young men to help them reconnect with their culture. Spring Cleaning: Jane takes advantage of the warm spring weather by pruning, feeding and mulching to rejuvenate some tired and overgrown plants. Flooded With Help: Jerry meets a gardener in Brisbane who, with the help of some dedicated volunteers, has rebuilt his garden after the devastating 2011 floods.
Marion's Sanctum: Josh meets an Australian horticultural legend in Perth who has spent her lifetime creating sanctuaries for both people and plants. Growing Up: John visits an inner city garden perched high above the streets of Melbourne. A Suburban Retreat: Costa meets a passionate gardener who's created her own sanctuary in the Western suburbs of Sydney. A Room of One's Own: Sophie plants an area in her garden with frivolous pretties where she will be able to relax and take in the view. Memory Lane: Jane visits an aged care facility in Melbourne to meet a gardener who has created garden areas that are places for rejuvenation and reflection for the residents.
**** SPECIAL - Gardening Australia's Gardener of the Year finalists **** A Mediterranean Gardener: Tino meets a gardener who has styled her block in rural Victoria after the Mediterranean landscape she and her husband love. They also share their garden with people from diverse backgrounds and abilities. A Dryland Gardener: Sophie visits a spectacular Australian plant garden about two hours from Adelaide that was cleverly designed and built to thrive in the local conditions. A Coastal Gardener: Costa meets a gardener in Jervis Bay who's planted and nurtured a thriving coastal garden and taken her passion beyond her own block by helping to revegetate local dunes. A City Gardener: Jane visits the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre in Melbourne to meet a gardener who has created stunning sensory gardens for patients, staff and visitors to the Centre. A Tropical Gardener: Jerry travels to Cairns to visit a lush tropical garden created with hard work, creativity and cuttings.
High on a Hill: Tino meets a gardener growing rare and unusual plants from Tasmania's wilderness in her garden on Mount Wellington. A Mini Citrus Grove: Costa helps his neighbours plant a mini citrus orchard on their verge. Landscapes in Miniature: Sophie explores a Japanese garden in Adelaide to see how it's designed to evoke the landscape of another place. A Taste of the Andes: Tino's in The Vegie Patch planting vegies that originated from the Andes. Tackling Terrain: John Patrick explains the design principles that can be used to tackle a sloping site.
Toughing It Out: Sophie picks and plants some spectacular performers for the dry South Australian summer conditions. Beating the Heat: Angus demonstrates how to prepare plants to survive summer. Cooling Our Streets: Costa hits the streets of Sydney to find out about the cooling effects of plants and trees. Tips for Summer: Jerry shows us how he plants, prunes and protects his garden for the subtropical heat. Against the Odds: Josh travels to Geraldton in W.A. to meet a gardener whose productive block is designed to thrive in the dry climate.
Creating A Buzz: Costa's installing a hive of native bees in his backyard to help with pollination. Life On The Farm: Josh visits a farm in Perth's city centre that's growing flower clusters to attract a diversity of insects to keep the garden blooming. Bless The Mess: Jerry and entomologist Dr Tim Heard look at the benefits of a messy garden, which provides food and habitat to the little creatures. A Fertile Experiment: Tino uses lettuce to experiment with three liquid fertilisers: worm juice, seaweed extract and fish emulsion - to find out which is the most effective. A Grassland Haven: Jane visits a grassland at Werribee zoo to see the work being done to restore one of Australia's most bio-diverse and threatened plant and animal communities.
How We Have Grown: Costa looks back on a successful first year On The Verge and celebrates with his neighbours with a street party. Celebrating Tasmanian Plants: Tino visits a regional botanic garden built by the community near Hobart that showcases the diversity, colour and adaptability of plants from Tasmania's South East. Gardener of the Year: Costa announces the 2012 Gardening Australia 'Gardener of the Year'. Summer at Home: Sophie brings herbs and flowers to the table with a specially built planter inserted in the middle and has friends over for lunch to celebrate the start of summer. A Tribute to Colin: Gardening Australia celebrates the life of much loved presenter Colin Campbell who passed away in August, and looks at the enduring contribution he made to Australian gardening.
City Excess: Costa meets a retired teacher collecting food waste bound for landfill and redistributing it to local gardeners who put it to use in their gardens. Sowing the Seeds: Sophie's teaching her kids about growing plants from seed in fun and interesting ways. Putting Waste to Work: Costa visits an inner city garden packed full of productive plants where food waste is used to fuel the compost, chickens and abundant garden growth. The Value of Volunteers: Jerry shows how to identify useful volunteers in the garden and make use of them. Musk Farm: Jane explores a garden in regional Victoria created with experimentation and creativity.
A Measured Approach: Josh meets a young couple passionate about their plot of paradise in the suburbs, a productive garden they learn from every day. Succulent Success: Sophie demonstrates how to propagate succulents. Aunty Fran: Costa is at Mt Annan Botanic Garden to meet D'harawal Elder Aunty Fran to find out what we can learn from the landscape around us and why it is important. Angus's Block: Angus shows us around his place in the bush demonstrating what he's learned by observing and experimenting around his garden. A Magnus Opus: Tino visits a garden that's a labour of love for second generation nurseryman Dan Magnus who's now instilling gardening curiosity in his own children.
Fruitful Beginnings: Costa updates us on the verge's progress and plants an avocado hedge for neighbour Deb and the street community. Werribee Park: Jane explores Werribee Park in Melbourne's west, revealing its rich horticultural past and how the garden is currently being used. The Grand Plan: Tino takes us through the grand plan for his recently purchased home, and shows us his early successes and failures. Getting a Head Start: Jerry meets an enthusiastic young gardener in Brisbane's south who caught the gardening bug at an early age, and is working towards a life in the garden. New Beginnings: Jane drops in on the kitchen garden at Werribee Park which is being run to benefit female Burmese migrants in the Melbourne's western suburbs.
Growing Everywhere: Jane visits the home of Gardening Australia researcher Millie Ross to find out how to get the most from a garden that isn't your own. Top Tip - Little Lawnmowers: Jerry shows how his humble guinea pigs take a lot of the effort out of keeping his lawn neat and tidy. Designed for Pleasure: John explores a garden that was transformed from a challenging site into an award winning design that is all about enjoyment and pleasure. Fragrant Delights: Sophie talks about a range of fragrant plants for the garden, and explains how to care for them. A Late Bloomer: Costa visits a tranquil and eclectic garden created by a man who proves that it's never too late to get into gardening.
Weighing Up Waste: Costa audits a typical family's household bin to look at what waste we produce. Way To Go: Jane visits a school on the Mornington Peninsula which has been purpose-built for sustainability. She meets the kids to find out how it all works. Resource Recovery: Costa visits an Alternative Waste Treatment Plant to find out how our mixed waste is being turned into a usable gardening resource. Future Proofing Plants: Josh visits a groundbreaking propagation nursery which is harnessing the ecology of wetlands to recycle water. Compost Revolution: Costa shows that resource recovery begins and ends in our own backyards and finds out about the 'compost revolution'. Working Worms: Jane shows how to maintain a worm farm, including the best way to harvest worm castings.
Commemorating Community: Costa and the local community plant a commemorative laneway in their street to honour residents both past and present. Postcode 2141: Angus visits historic Rookwood cemetery in Sydney to find out about its plants and their connection to the site's diverse cultural history. Out with the Old...: Jane shows when to replace plants that are past their prime, and how to go about it. Sowin' and Growin': John visits a new community garden project in Toolangi in Victoria that grew out the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires. Avenues of Honour: Sophie learns about a national project helping to preserve and restore Australia's Avenues of Honour.
Pots of Produce: Josh visits a gardener who has overcome competition from large trees and a lack of space using pots - and lots of them! Feathering the Nest: Tino adds some creature comforts to his chicken run before introducing them to their new home. A Garden in the Sky: Costa visits an apartment block where the residents are making connections with each other by growing vegetables high above the city streets. Potted Success: Josh shows how to beef up potting mix to get the best results from potted plants. Small Spaces, Big Ideas: John Patrick visits an inspirational, plant-filled garden designed to get the most out of its small space.
It Comes Down to Love: Costa meets an inner city Sydney couple whose love for keeping bees has changed their lives in unexpected ways. Savouring Seed: Tino visits a passionate seed-saving gardener in Tassie to learn how best to harvest and store seed at home. The Art of Preservation: Jane visits the headquarters of the Victorian CWA to pick up some pointers for making the most of the garden glut. More Than Food: Jerry shows how he uses a variety of plants to sustain his garden's vitality as well as his own. A Passion for Produce: Josh meets a couple who are making the most of the wide variety of fruit, nuts and vegetables they harvest all year round.
Growing Resilience: Costa is visiting a farm in NSW that is providing skills and opportunity for people by teaching them how to grow fruit and vegetables. Ten Years On...: Jerry demonstrates how he transformed a harsh, unproductive site into a resilient organic garden that has thrived in Brisbane's climatic extremes. A Lifeline: Angus meets a gardener whose sense of loss drove her to create a garden that has been a life-affirming experience. The French Connection: Sophie discovers a vibrant gardener who has created a slice of provincial France in regional South Australia. Fighting for Survival: Angus visits the Botanic Gardens in Melbourne to investigate what's being done to ensure the survival of one of the city's most iconic trees.
CANBERRA CENTENARY SPECIAL In Gardening Australia's second special for the year, Costa, Sophie and Angus visit Canberra to explore the art of gardening and the science of horticulture by visiting some of the nation's most innovative institutions. Representing Australia: Sophie visits the Australian National Botanic Gardens to find out how plants from all around country are being grown in Canberra's challenging climate. 100 Forests: Costa visits the National Arboretum to investigate their collection of rare, threatened and culturally significant trees and learns about their efforts to preserve them for future generations. Living the Land: Costa meets a Ngunnawal ranger to learn how traditional owners managed Canberra's landscape for thousands of years, and how the same techniques are still being passed down and used today. A Centenary Bell: Sophie finds out about the Canberra Centenary floral emblem from the man who bred it. The Next Frontier: Angus is visiting CSIRO's Black Mountain Laboratories to discover how the scientists are looking below the ground to find ways to improve crop production, as well as how their groundbreaking research can help gardeners at home.
A Fresh Start: Jerry helps out a young gardener, whose garden was wiped out in the most recent Queensland floods, by showing him how to propagate plants. Working Worms: Josh shows how he keeps conditions inside his worm farm optimal to maintain a healthy and productive population of worms. A Bit at a Time: Sophie shares the grand plan for her garden's future, and shows how breaking down a plan into smaller jobs can save you time and money in the long run. A Living Legend: Tino is in North Western Tasmania visiting a gardener whose love of gardening is firmly rooted in organic practices. Using Pyrethrum: Jerry shows how he uses pyrethrum in his garden to target insect pests, while sparing beneficial insects. Small is Beautiful: Jane visits a gardener in Melbourne's west whose small yard is no limit to growing a large number of plants.
Feeding the Firemen: Costa helps out his local fire station by extending their vegetable garden and choosing a variety of plants to put in it. Pushing the Boundaries: Sophie visits a gardener whose enthusiasm for growing fruit has led him to plant orchards in neighbouring backyards. Josh's Country: Josh details his long connection to Perth's Coastal Plain and how the landscape and its plants have shaped him as a gardener. A Rivulet Runs Through It: Tino meets a gardener whose awareness of the environment beyond her backyard has led her to adopt and help rehabilitate a local waterway. Echoes of the Past: Jane explores a historic village in the heart of Melbourne's northern suburbs to find out about the surrounding gardens and their history.
All in the Family: Angus demonstrates how knowing your plant families can help ensure success in the garden. Seeing the Signs: Jerry shows how he uses the plants in his garden as reliable indicators of seasonal change in Brisbane's unpredictable climate. Produce to the People: Tino discovers a community program on the north-west coast of Tasmania that collects excess backyard produce and distributes it to those in need. Man on a Mission: Josh meets a gardener who has turned an eyesore into a hotspot of diversity for plants as well as local wildlife. Growing Opportunity: Costa visits a nursery that's all about encouraging the wellbeing of its staff, as well as providing them with opportunities for employment.
Josh's Place: Costa visits Josh in Perth to meet his family and then have a look at the progress on Josh's new home and garden. Kid-Proof Plants: Sophie is giving the area around her kids' sandpit a facelift with some tough plants that will survive a bit of rough and tumble. Planting for Play: John explores a schoolyard garden that is designed to be a play space filled with interesting plants and challenging elements to stimulate and engage young minds. A Family Affair: Tino is working in his parents' vegetable plot, giving some advice on propagating perennial vegetables, and the whole family gets together to help out.
Tried and True: Jerry shows how he uses a variety of old methods for making compost, as well as the many ways he puts it to use around the garden. Good Garden Design: John and a fellow garden designer explore a newly planted garden to discuss the basic principles of successful garden design. Keep up the Colour: Jane is looking at some of her favourite plants for winter colour and has some tips on how to choose and care for them to ensure an extended display. Plant Nutrition: Tino plants out some winter crops and shows how to provide for their differing nutritional requirements. A Shady Paradise: Angus discovers a gardener who has overcome the challenges of a sloped and shady site to create a diverse and interesting native garden.
Growing Blueberries: Tinoâ€™s planting out blueberries and shares some tips on creating the right soil conditions for them to thrive. Native Fruit: Angus visits a local gardener to learn about native fruits, including some unique varieties and how to propagate them. An Edible Jungle: Costa discovers a couple in Perth who have transformed their bare block into a productive edible jungle. A Formative Prune: Sophie enlists the help of a fruit tree expert to get some advice on shaping the young trees in her new orchard. Flying Gardeners: Jerry finds out how to protect productive trees in a way that keeps both fruit and flying foxes safe.
SPECIAL - ISLANDS In our third special for the year, Gardening Australia explores the unique culture of islands - from the Tiwis to Tassie. Tiwi College: Costa and Clarence get an insight into the cultural role that the Tiwi College plays in island life. Cultural Connection: The Jilimara Arts Centre on Melville Island is a hub of traditional artistry, and Costa and Clarence discover that plants are at the centre of it all. Plants of the Sea: Tino is exploring underwater kelp forests in Tassie, taking a dive with a leading marine biologist to learn more about these unique plants and their future. Farming for the Islands: Costa and Clarence drop in on Milikapiti Farm, where the locals are growing fresh fruit and vegetables to ensure a constant supply to the island community. The Next Generation: Costa and Clarence head into the bush with some junior Tiwi rangers and find out how the next generation is learning to manage the land.
A Practical Edge: Costa shows how easy it is to lay paving and get creative with some simple, DIY techniques. Josh's Dream: Josh shares the overall plan for his future home and garden, and gets stuck into planting some advanced trees. The Best Start: Tino demonstrates a number of different planting techniques to get a variety of plants off to a flying start. The New Beginning: Sophie meets a gardener whose recently-discovered love of plants has transformed his home garden. A Pathway for the Future: Jane visits a prison where gardening is being used to help disadvantaged prisoners acquire skills on their road to rehabilitation.
A Good Foundation: Josh shares some of the methods he uses to breathe new life into the construction site soil around his house. Little Helpers: Tino meets a man who uses an unusual insect to better manage soil fertility. A Wild Garden: Jane visits a gardener who has created a bush-style garden to attract a broad range of local wildlife. Hop Into It!: Tino is planting out his new pond with a variety of plants to turn it into a haven for local frogs. Gardening for Butterflies: Jerry drops in on a gardener who has planted with one idea in mind - to attract butterflies into her garden.
On the Move: Jane visits a community garden in an unusual location that has turned a barren space into a thriving native garden. Laying Down the Lawn: Tino is transforming a patch of his back yard into a new lawn using a native grass. A One-Woman Show: Jerry catches up with an old friend to explore her diverse and flourishing garden on a challenging site. Making an Entrance: Sophie adds some more plants to her thriving driveway garden. On the Dunes: John Patrick visits a modern coastal garden where the design has tackled the challenging site and conditions.
An Edible Oasis: Josh plants out a spot in his garden with some edibles that will create a private, tropical oasis. The Beauty of Begonias: Jane visits a gardener who collects and is actively involved in conserving rare species of begonia. What's in a Name?: Jerry explains why knowing scientific plant names is the key to gardening success. Go Forth and Multiply: Angus meets an experienced nurseryman who is breeding plants to cater to changing trends. A Picture Postcard: Tino explores a garden with an eclectic mix of plants, and offers some advice on cultivation and maintenance.
In Living Colour: Sophie plants a range of colourful vegies to feed her family, and explains why eating a spectrum of coloured veg is good for your health. Planting for Privacy: Josh shows a number of different plants that are useful for screening to create privacy. Voula's Garden: Jane meets a woman whose love of gardening feeds both her family and sense of wellbeing. Irrigation Made Easy: Tino is installing a simple drip irrigation system at his home. Home at Last: Sophie explores a colourful cottage garden where edibles and ornamentals are planted together with beautiful results.
How to Prune Roses: Jane shows how to prune and look after roses in winter to encourage an abundance of flowers in spring. Building a Worm Farm: Jerry shows how to build and set up a worm farm for next to nothing. A Harvest and a Hangi: Costa visits a garden that's nurturing one of Sydney's Pacific Islander communities by growing traditional crops and hosting feasts. A Catchment Solution: John finds out about an innovative project that's capturing and reusing stormwater to care for city parks and gardens in Melbourne. Colour, Colour and Colour: Tino plants out the beds around his back lawn to provide a riot of colour throughout the seasons.
A Growing Career: Costa meets a student who is embarking on a career in horticulture while finishing high school. Child's Play: Josh plants out his garden with a variety of plants for his kids to enjoy and engage with. A Living History: John visits the Burnley Gardens with an old friend to explore the way gardening has changed over the last century. Cooking-up Compost: Sophie shows how to build and maintain a three-bay composting system. Snakes and Ladders: Jane explores a whimsical garden that is bursting with imaginative plantings and playful landscaping.
Novel Nutrition: Angus is experimenting with some alternative sources of nutrition for native plants. A Variety of Vegies: Sophie visits a friend growing heirloom vegetables, and gets some tips on some unusual varieties. Tricky Spot Solutions: John visits a native plant nursery to find some plants that are suitable for a range of common problem spots. A Horticultural Revival: Costa visits Josh who shows him around a vibrant urban orchard and habitat garden in the middle of the city. Jose's Dream: Jerry is in Far North Queensland visiting a quirky rainforest garden and theme park built on a grand scale in the 1930s by a Catalan immigrant.
Closing the Loop: John meets Joost Bakker, visionary entrepreneur who is leading the way towards a zero-waste future. Primed for Life: Costa is in Port Kembla visiting a primary school that is teaching kids to grow food based on sustainable and ecological principals. The Way of the Future: Sophie visits Port Augusta to explore a world first greenhouse project, which is growing vegetables by harnessing the power of the sun and sea. Life Lessons: Costa heads to a senior school in Port Kembla to check out their vegetable garden, which is used by students as a central plank in their curriculum and as a way of helping some with social re-engagement. Our Changing World: Jerry is in New South Wales to explore an environmental project on a grand scale that aims to assess what effect increasing levels of atmospheric CO2 will have on our trees and natural ecosystems.
Spring Planting: Tino is planting tomatoes to get a head start on spring, as well as sowing seed for beetroot and leafy vegetables. Better Late Than Never!: Costa visits a village for the over-fifty-fives whose residents have discovered a newfound passion for gardening, thanks to an enthusiastic neighbour. A Citrus Primer: Jane is talking about how to select a good lemon tree at nurseries, and shows how to plant a young tree to ensure it gets the best start possible. Subtropical Success: Jerry shows what it takes to overcome the challenges for productive gardeners in the subtropics. A Succulent Garden: Josh plants out a garden bed filled with low water use and low maintenance succulents.
Productive Planting: Josh is planting a range of productive vegetables and leafy greens that will provide a bountiful harvest for his growing family. A Living Litmus: Jerry explains how citrus trees will tell you when it's time to fertilise your garden. Nuts About Natives: Angus is visits a garden whose owner has spent the last ten years indulging in his passion for native plants. Tons of Tomatoes: Tino shows how to make more tomatoes for free and stagger plants them for an extended harvest. Cutting Costs: Jane shows how to keep costs down by propagating your own plants from cuttings. Produce to Preserves: Sophie visits a couple who use the power of preserving to ensure that nothing they grow goes to waste.
Bang for Your Buck: Tino shows how to get the most out of your vegetable patch by planting prolific and unusual varieties. Balancing Nitrogen: Jerry demonstrates the effects of excess nitrogen on plant growth, and explains how its over-application can be avoided. A Room with a View: Costa explores a bush garden that provides a tranquil and calming setting for the patients of a psychology practice. Growing Rhododendrons: Jane looks at rhododendrons of all sizes and colours, and shows what they need to thrive. A Wealth of Resources: Sophie shows how to put garden waste to use by making rope and plant supports. A Tropical Paradise: Jerry meets a North Queensland gardener who has created a lush oasis with a rich collection of tropical plants.
Creating a Wind Break: Tino shows how to select and plant out a range of native plants to create an effective windbreak. Planting Companions: Josh plants a range of flowering perennials around his vegetable patch to attract beneficial insects. Mulching: Jerry shares some tips on how to use mulch when preparing a garden bed. Growing Together: Jane visits a couple who have been gardening together for over forty years to look at some of their tried and true methods. Restoring Bishopscourt: John visits the Bishopscourt, the Melbourne Anglican Archbishop's house and garden on the city fringe that is being restored by a dedicated team of volunteers.
Creating Connection: Costa lends a hand with a revegetation project on the banks of the Cooks River in Western Sydney. A Small Kingdom: Jerry drops in on a couple who are growing a variety of produce in their rental garden using a range of inventive methods. Look to the Locals: Angus visits a local flora reserve to look at some indigenous plants that are great garden performers in his local area. Summer Colour: Jane plants some of her favourite summer perennials for long lasting colour. 'Summerhome': Tino visits 'Sumerhome', an historic house and garden on the outskirts of Hobart that has been in the same family for generations.
Plant Protection: Tino shows how to keep productive crops protected from common animal pests. Propagating King Fern: Jerry demonstrates an interesting propagation technique on a giant of the fern family. Lady of the Camellias: Sophie visits a garden devoted to camellia species, run by a band of volunteers. Don't Panic!: Jerry visits a veterinarian and gardener to learn about poisonous plants and their toxicity to animals. Small Miracles: Jane visits a native orchid grower to learn more about this special group of Australian plants and how to grow them.
Talking Trees: Costa talks backyard tree selection and maintenance with a renowned arborist. Zucchini and Onions: Tino shows how to overcome zucchini problems and how to grow an unusual variety of perennial onion. Keeping Active: Josh visits a retired couple who are actively involved in Kings Park volunteer groups as well as their own thriving native garden. At War With Weeds: Sophie demonstrates how to tackle annual and perennial weeds efficiently and effectively. Maintaining Raspberries: Tino shows how to maintain and divide raspberry canes for a bumper crop. East Meets West: John visits a bayside garden on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula whose owners are successfully growing Western Australian natives.
Starting Small: Tino shares some tips on successful seed propagation, including sowing techniques and making homemade seed raising mixes. A Practical Approach: Sophie catches up with an old friend who shows her how he has set up his garden for low maintenance and maximum effect. A Suburban Oasis: Costa visits a garden whose owners have turned their backyard swimming pool into a freshwater oasis for plants and animals. Self-watering Pots: Jerry shows how to make self-watering pots out of cheap and easy to source materials. An Orchid Enthusiast: Angus meets a gardener with a passion for native orchids and gets some tips on propagation.
In Gardening Australia's final special for 2013, we visit some of the country's most spectacular, yet threatened landscapes, and look at the work being done to ensure their future. Reading the Signs: Jerry meets ecologist Professor David Lindenmayer to find out how the way we use land for food production affects biodiversity and natural ecosystems. Turning the Tide: Costa is on Montague Island off the south coast of NSW to see one of the biggest issues facing our native plants and animals - introduced weeds. Repairing the Land: Jane is in northwest Victoria to find out about the state's largest private conservation property, Neds Corner, and meets the current managers working to repair it. Linking the Landscape: Josh is in southwest WA exploring a large-scale revegetation project that aims to secure the future of the region's significant plants and animals. The Bottom Line: Jerry visits a farmer who is increasing productivity by managing his land for biodiversity and ultimately, profitability.
Two Years On - An Australian Celebration - Time to Relax - Using Climbers - And the Winner Is... Two Years On: Tino shows how he uses onsite materials to help make his steep slope more accessible, as well as improve his soil. An Australian Celebration: Jane visits the home garden of Phillip Johnson, which inspired the design that won Chelsea's Best in Show award earlier this year. Time to Relax: Josh reflects on the construction of his new house and gets stuck into some summer garden preparation. Using Climbers: Tino talks about selecting the right climber for the right job by looking at some examples. And the Winner is...: Sophie presents the coveted golden spade to the 2013 Gardener of the Year, and explores her winning garden.
Gardening Australia celebrates its 25th birthday with a very special episode. All the presenters come together at Ripponlea Estate in Melbourne to share their experiences and memories of the program while we delve into the rich Gardening Australia archives to showcase the sweep of the show over 25 years. Organics: Costa, Josh and Jerry talk about the show's backbone. Beautiful Gardens: Clarence, Sophie and John talk about what it means to visit people's homes. Peter Cundall: Peter talks about his experiences on the programme. Philosophy: Jane, John and Jerry talk about the functions of Gardening Australia. Practicality: Sophie, Tino and Angus discuss the show’s commitment to giving good advice. Autumn Jobs: Josh gets stuck into some timely autumn maintenance.
Sydney Tomato Festival: Costa is at the Sydney Tomato Festival to get some growing, cooking and preserving tips. After the Heat: Sophie takes stock of the garden after summer's record-breaking heatwave, replanting where plants haven't coped. The Patch: Tino shows us the renovated Patch at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hobart, before he gets to work. Growing Natives in Pots: Jane meets an expert native plant grower to have a look at some natives well-suited to growing in pots. Battling Battens: Josh meets a gardener whose garden not only gives her enormous joy; it's also raised thousands for a charity close to her heart.
Picking Tough Plants: Sophie showcases some new plant varieties bred for improved resistance to pests and diseases. Fruit of his Labour: Josh plants a selection of dwarf fruit trees to get the best out of small spaces. On the Move: Costa enlists the help of an expert to split his native beehive so he can give half to his local primary school. Coming Up Roses: Jerry meets a character on the Darling Downs whose enthusiasm for roses is infectious. The Patch: Tino is improving the soil at The Patch and showing the best crops to plant when starting a new vegetable garden.
Food for the Soil: Jerry is talking dung, looking at a range of weird and wonderful manures to keep his soil fed and thriving. Transplanting Tips: Angus shares a number of great tips to help give transplanted plants every chance of survival. A Meadow in the City: Jane discovers a flower meadow in the heart of Melbourne growing a range of flowering annuals for diversity and insect habitat. Autumn Jobs: Tino gets stuck into some autumn tasks around the perennial borders at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Hobart. "A Mongrel Garden": John visits the stunning garden of innovative garden designer, Rick Eckersley, to discuss his design principles and explore his bold use of plants.
Little Inventions: Jerry drops in on an old gardening friend to see his latest methods for growing a variety of produce. The Bamboo Man: Josh visits a gardener in Albany in W.A. whose collection of bamboo is vast. He finds out how to grow, maintain and keep control of it. The Garden Tower: Costa discovers a stunning, botanically-rich garden designed around a high rise apartment block on Sydney Harbour. Aussie Stunners: Jane meets a native plant grower to find out about some proven performers and how to grow them.
Every Component Counts: Josh visits the home garden of designer Janine Mendel, whose series of courtyards shows how to get a lot out of a series of small spaces. The Patch: Not everyone has a six-bed vegetable garden, so Tino discusses the principles of single bed planting. Cultivating Peace: Jane explores a stunning, tranquil garden planted and cared for by a Buddhist order of monks. Potted Delights: Sophie shows how to grow small bulbs in pots for some indoor colour and fragrance in spring. Meet the Family: Angus visits the Sydney Botanic Gardens for a snapshot into the world of the stunning and vast species that make up the Solanaceae - the potato family
Autumn Jobs: Josh gets busy with some autumn jobs to keep his garden looking good after the long, hot summer. Grow Local, Eat Fresh: Sophie visits a cafe owner who grows her own organic fruit and vegetables at home using some techniques inspired by nature. Growing Abilities: Costa drops into a production nursery growing plants as well as the skills of people with disabilities. Autumn in the Subtropics: Autumn signals a slowing of pace in Jerry's garden, so he's planting tomatoes, protecting beneficials and dealing with insect pests. Southern Exposure: John visits a garden designer who has created a beautiful home garden with a mixture of native and exotic plants, which thrive in the challenging conditions.
A Reconstructed Garden: Costa visits an ex-GA presenter to see his latest project; an arts centre and surrounding garden built entirely of recycled materials. The Patch: Tino is completing the first crop rotation at The Patch by planting legume and brassica in the last two beds. Self-Sown Colour: Sophie looks at some self-seeding annuals for low-maintenance, reliable colour in both the flower and vegetable gardens. Backyard Bananas: Jerry talks about some of the banana varieties available to home gardeners, how to grow them and finds out about some diseases to watch out for. Finding the Balance: John talks with award-winning garden designer Paul Bangay about his approach to design and how it has evolved over his 20-year career.
Making an Entrance: Sophie plants out her driveway avenue with native trees and talks about the dos and don'ts of establishing one successfully. A Coop on the Cheap: Jerry drops in on his old friend Roman Spur to see some of his latest inventions for the chicken run. After the Fires: Angus visits a botanist whose garden is recovering after being devastated by the 2013 Blue Mountains bushfires. Perpetual Parsley: Josh talks about parsley and how to encourage its self-seeding habit for a year-round supply. The Patch: Tino unveils The Patch's new three bay compost system, and shows how to build a successful heap. Revered Beauties: John discovers a spectacular water lily and lotus garden and finds out about some varieties and how to grow them.
A New Botanic Garden: Costa visits Jane in Melbourne who shows him around a project close to her heart - one of the country's newest botanic gardens, in Melton in Melbourne's west. Building a Wicking Bed: Sophie shows how easy it is to build an instant, water-efficient garden bed out of easy to come-by materials. Hungry Citrus: Josh shares some tips on feeding the soil to keep citrus thriving all year round. Farming Fungi: Tino visits the University of Tasmania to find out about the latest research into fungi and bacteria and its potential uses in the garden. A Succulent Obsession: Josh drops by a neighbour's place to explore her collection of succulents and gets some tips on how to grow them.
Peng's World: Jane visits an aquaponics gardener who has built his huge set-up from the ground up and who has some ingenious growing methods and ideas. The Power of Pruning: Tino explains how to get the most out of trees and shrubs by following some easy to follow principles of pruning. Planting Winter Vegies: Josh shows how to prepare garden beds for a bumper winter crop and plants out some productive, seasonal vegetables. The Real McCoy: John continues his series profiling Australia's leading landscape designers and meets with Michael McCoy in one of his colourful, plant-driven country garden designs. Growing More than Plants: Costa drops in on the Wayside Chapel to explore their extensive roof garden and find out how it helps their community work.
Producing More Plants: Jerry shows how to successfully propagate a few of his favourite and highly productive subtropical vegetables. Growing Habitat: Angus gives some pointers to a gardener who is creating a range of habitats to attract local animals into her urban garden. Prune and Propagate: Josh explains that the time for pruning perennials is also a great time to propagate, and shows how simple it is combine the two. The Patch: Tino shows how to get tender plants through the winter for a head start on spring. A Cornucopia of Colour: Jane explores Frogmore Gardens near Trentham, home to one of country Victoria's most exciting and colourful gardens.
Time for Change: Jerry's making some much needed changes in his garden, removing trees while planting and propagating others. Winter Work: Winter is a colourful time in native gardens and Jane is getting stuck into some essential winter maintenance to keep plants thriving. An Australian Dream: Angus explores a gorgeous cliff top garden on Sydney's northern beaches with a view as iconic as the native plants growing in it. True Blue: Sophie profiles a useful genus of plants to provide a burst of blue as the weather cools down - Ceratostigma. A Paradise by the Sea: Tino visits a coastal gardener who has harnessed the sea's bounty to create a thriving and colourful cottage garden.
An Aussie Icon: Costa finds out all about the history of one of Australia's oldest and most famous horticultural exports - the Granny Smith apple. A Flying Start: Sophie drops in on a friend whose garden is well advanced for its young age, and gets some tips on how he's done it. The Patch: Tino looks at what's done well in the new patch, and shows how to turn failures into opportunities for more planting. A Mountain of Pleasure: Jane is in the Dandenong Ranges visiting a large garden that's filled with colourful treasures around every corner. From the Archives - A Master Gardener: Josh introduces one of his favourite stories from the GA archives involving a productive garden, a cheeky local and an even cheekier nickname.
Growing a Village: Jane explores a garden started and run by an African migrant to benefit other new Australians by helping them engage with their new community. Potting Up Plants: Angus goes back to school to demonstrate some of the basics of potting up plants to give them the best chance of success. Veteran Trees: Jerry and an arborist look at some spectacular old trees and demonstrate some techniques for how to manage them in their old age. Filling the Gaps: Josh is showing how to take advantage of tricky spots in the garden with a range of herbs for every situation. 'Bolobek': John visits one of the most visited private gardens in Australia, Bolobek, in the foothills of Mount Macedon.
The Family Farm: Tino visits a family of market gardeners outside Hobart who grow unusual varieties of vegies. Mermaid Pool: Costa finds out about a group of local residents who came together to clean up and revegetate a historic local waterway behind Manly Beach in Sydney. The Old-Fashioned Way: Jerry shows some of his favourite old-fashioned gardening techniques, and talks about some plants that have stood the test of time. Weaving the Garden: Sophie meets a local gardener who grows plants for material for weaving, furniture, fences and baskets. The Biggest Room: Josh visits fellow eco-friendly gardener, Chris Ferreira, to explore his 50s house and garden that is retrofitted for sustainable living.
The People's Park: Costa gets some ideas in Fagan Park, a large park filled with examples of many different garden styles in Sydney's northwest. The Patch - Perennial Vegetables: Tino is shows how to grow a range of perennial vegetables that will keep on giving for years to come. A Lifetime of Growing: Jane visits her home town of Mildura to meet a gardener whose award-winning passion for everything horticultural is reflected in her sprawling country garden. Native Groundcovers: Josh profiles some WA groundcovers that are both beautiful and adaptable to a wide range of conditions. A Garden for Play: We pay tribute to the late, great Colin Campbell by revisiting one of his favourite stories from the Gardening Australia archives.
Dividing Dahlias: Jane shows how to give dahlias all the winter care they need, including lifting, dividing, storing and propagating. Calling All Gardeners: Jerry finds out what it takes to get a garden into the Open Gardens Australia calendar by talking to Queensland selector, Di McCrae. Designing with Pots: John plants up some pleasing pots for both sunny and shaded areas and outlines the design ideas behind them. Sumptuous Strawberries: For sumptuous summer strawberries now is the time to plant, and Sophie's got all the tips to make sure they thrive. "My Garden is Everything": Tino visits a stunning garden whose owner loves flowers of all colours, shapes and sizes.
The Patch Overview: Costa visits Tino to have a look at the recently renovated Patch to find out how it's going. Planting Roses: Sophie plants some of her favourite climbing, shrub and miniature bare rooted roses for colour and fragrance. Horticultural Legends: We continue to celebrate 25 years on air as Jane introduces one of her favourite stories from the GA archives. The Patch: Costa and Tino talk about the do's and don'ts of repotting and caring for large fruit trees in containers. Old Friends: Josh visits an old friend who is working with nature to create a large productive garden that's also low on maintenance.
Diversity in the Desert: Sophie visits the Desert Park in Alice Springs to see some of the plants that thrive in the continent's harsh interior. The Patch: Tino gives some tips on planting and training caneberries for an abundant and easy summer harvest. Desert Culture: Costa looks at some plants in the Desert Park that are significant to local aboriginal people. Feeding the Soil: Josh shows how he keeps his plants thriving with the right nutrition. Winter Climbers: John profiles a couple of his favourite climbing plants for winter colour. Tropical Delights: Jerry visits a gardener growing a huge range of exotic tropical fruit in his luscious mountain garden.
Shade Lovers: John highlights some plants that will brighten up the darkest corners of the garden with flowers and foliage. Seeds for the Future: Jerry visits Jude and Michel Fanton, founders of the Seed Savers Network, to find out why saving seed is vital. Productive Climbers: Tino is using the vertical space in his garden to plant productive climbers, including passionfruit, kiwifruit and hops. The Good Oil: Josh shows how to use horticultural oils to effectively deal with insect pests while sparing the beneficials. 'Anlaby': Sophie visits a grand property in the Barossa Valley with a long and colourful history, and sees how the gardens are being re-established by its current owners.
The Patch - Sowing Seedlings: Tino is sowing the first of The Patch's seeds for spring and gives some tips on how to grow strong, healthy seedlings. Roll out the Barrels: Costa finds out about a project in Alice Springs that's providing self-contained and self-watering garden beds to the community. 25 Years - Cloudehill: John revisits one of his favourite stories from the rich GA archives, when he visited Cloudehill in the Dandenong Ranges in 2006. Divide and Multiply: Josh shows how easy it is to get more plants for free by dividing rhizomatous perennials. Winter Colour: Sophie profiles some of her favourite plants for winter colour and fragrance. 'Kumbartcho': Jerry visits a community nursery that grows unusual and rare dry rainforest plants that are indigenous to Southeast Queensland.
Late Winter Work: With a week to go before the start of spring, Jane gets into some last-minute winter maintenance to keep flowering perennials thriving. A Blanc Canvas: John chats to Patrick Blanc, world-renowned designer and inventor of vertical gardens, about his latest project in Sydney. A Miniature Orchard: Costa visits a suburban gardener who demonstrates that a limited space and lack of soil is no barrier to growing a large variety of fruit trees. Heading Indoors: Josh shows how to choose appropriate plants for varying levels of indoor light and how to care for them. Think Local: Sophie visits a botanic garden in Quorn in the Flinders Ranges that is successfully trialling local plants for their suitability for home gardens.
Driveway Design: Sophie plants out her driveway with local species to provide habitat and food for birds, lizards and butterflies. James Street Reserve: Costa explores a thriving community garden in the heart of Sydney whose members are getting a lot out of a challenging space. Cactus Merv: Jerry visits a cacti and succulent collector par excellence outside Brisbane, and gets some tips on growing them in pots. Making Art: Josh drops in on a couple whose garden is also their working studio and source of rest as well as inspiration. Citrus Care: Jerry gives some tips to keep citrus well-fed and thriving. The Patch – Spring Vegies: Tino plants out some spring root vegetables and experiments with spuds.
New Opportunities: Josh turns the loss of some plants on his verge into an opportunity to trial some tough natives. 25 Years of Landcare: Costa celebrates the 25th anniversary of Landcare Australia by talking about its founding principles with Bob Hawke, who launched it in 1989. A Simple Hothouse: Sophie shows how to build a self-watering propagation house that's perfect for home-grown seedlings and cuttings. Perfect Plants for Pots: Jerry shows some of his favourite bomb-proof plants for pots and how to care for them. The Grassroots: Costa helps out a local Bushcare group to find out how thousands of others like it are helping to restore local bushland. Caterpillar Control: Sophie shares some strategies on dealing with one of the gardener's greatest adversaries - the cabbage white butterfly. A Spring Delight: Tino visits a delightful garden with a huge collection of rhododendrons as well as rare and colourful surprises around every corner.
Tool Maintenance: Tino shows how to maintain some common garden tools to ensure they last a lifetime. An Oasis in the Sky: Costa explores a low maintenance rooftop garden that combines clever design with a stunning array of tough plants. Tom and Lorna's Garden: Sophie introduces one her most memorable stories from the archives, about a couple whose garden has grown with them over decades. Spring Propagation: Angus demonstrates some methods for propagating native plants, including striking cuttings and breaking seed dormancy. A Colourful Transformation: Josh visits a design duo that has turned a drab suburban block into a vibrant place for entertaining.
Filling the Fenceline: Josh gets stuck into filling some gaps along his driveway with fruit trees and unusual productive shrubs. Tips for Trees: John meets up with an arborist to show how to give young trees the best chance in gardens, including how to correct some common problems. Spring Colour: Sophie looks at some of her favourite bulbs and corms for spring colour. Pruning Grevilleas: Angus shows how to correctly prune a variety of grevilleas, including groundcovers, shrubs and trees. Di's Garden: Jerry explores Di McCrae's garden in country Queensland and finds some rare beauties perfectly suited to the challenging climate.
A Labour of Love: Sophie visits a date farm outside Alice Springs to discover how this exotic crop is successfully grown in our arid interior. Peg's Passion: Costa meets a gardener whose ethos of waste as a resource is exemplified in her eclectic garden, which is packed with ideas to inspire everyone. The Patch - Lean Times: Tino makes the most of what can be a lean time in the garden, sharing some tips to extend the harvest until spring's bounty arrives. Booderee Botanic Gardens: Clarence visits Australia's only indigenous-owned and managed botanic garden and national park on New South Wales' south coast. Trees of Life: Jane meets a bonsai grower with a stunning collection of trees that not only look beautiful, but which tell a story as well.
Moving On: Josh helps out a special lady in his life who is moving house and garden after 60 years. A Worker's Retreat: John discovers an indoor garden that has turned a dead space into a verdant retreat for workers. Dryland Vegies: Costa visits market gardeners in Sydney's west who grow a huge variety of crops on natural rainfall alone. Enticing the Insects: Sophie uses a range of plants that insects find irresistible and shows how to build habitat to encourage them to hang around. A Gold Coast Attraction: Jerry explores the Gold Coast Botanic Garden and finds some rare local natives that make great garden plants.
A Thriving Patch: Tino explores how The Patch has grown from a humble vegetable garden into a thriving hub of community connection and health. A Solution to Stress: Angus discovers a couple who relieve workplace stress by getting them out of their home office and into the garden. Birdwing Butterfly: Jerry explains how gardeners can help save an endangered butterfly by planting a beautiful native climber. A Spectacular Show: Josh explores one of the best natural wildflower displays WA has seen in years, with stunning massed-carpets of colour and some unusual species. Building a Future: Jane visits Karen refuges who tend the garden at Werribee Mansion in Victoria to find out how it helps with their mental and cultural wellbeing.