Gardening Australia episode 15 2021: Costa Georgiadis tries some tasty plant-based drinks, Jane Edmanson explores a garden and wildlife wonderland, Millie Ross makes a gate, and Tino Carnevale tidies up The Patch’s Tassie tucker bed.
Gardening Australia has always provided practical, trustworthy and credible gardening advice to inspire and entertain. Inspiring, entertaining and full of practical advice, join Costa Georgiadis and the team as they unearth gardening ideas, meet avid gardeners and look at some of the most inspiring gardens from across the country.
Gardening Australia episode 15 2021
Costa meets a flavour aficionado who has been experimenting with different plants to create the most refreshing drinks. Corinne Mossati is a writer, gardener and cocktail aficionado. Her garden on Bidjigal & Gadigal Country in Clovelly, NSW, is packed with more than 160 herbs and interesting edible plants, grown for their flavour and scent.
It’s here that she experiments with new cordials, infusions and cocktails. Costa is welcomed with a non-alcoholic cocktail featuring lemongrass and Thai basil. Corinne calls it the Costa Spritzer! Corinne is also a keen recycler, with 97% of her garden containers salvaged from roadside ‘junk’.
She uses the plants indifferent way, sometimes incorporating leaves, and other times drying flowers for infusions. Samphire is infused in vodka to form a seaside style cocktail. She uses other native plants, such as pig face, Queensland raspberries, and Dianella caerulea berries. Costa also learns that not all shrubs are plants – it’s also the name for vinegar infusion that is used to flavour drinks.
FAQS – Attracting native pollinators | Splotchy camellia leaves | Pruning large eucalypts
Josh suggests plants to attract native pollinators, Millie explains what causes camellia leaves to go splotchy and Clarence has tips on pruning gum trees.
Panoramic Sanctuary – Gardening Australia episode 15 2021
Jane explores a wonderland of different garden spaces, each with its own theme, and filled with a whole host of wildlife, too!
Nick is the gardener and Annemaree is the animal lover. There are domestic and wild animals in the sanctuary, including emus, albino peacocks and kangaroos, pigs, horses, cattle, alpacas, ducks, geese, swans, and pets of all shape and size on the 22-hectare property, which also has great views. Many are rescue animals.
Nick has been inspired by gardens around the world – and then recreated a garden in that style at home. Landscaping has become his passion, although his only experience was helping his grandfather and some early jobs straight out of school.
There are 20 themed gardens in all, ranging from formal areas with sunken ponds and rose gardens, terraces with fruit trees, and Italianate hedging to a huge lake, a huge crater garden (that Nick excavated himself, over a month) with lots of African plants, a Morroccan contemplation garden, a ‘universal garden’, with a model of the universe, and vegie patch.
Plant Profile: Durian – Gardening Australia episode 15 2021
Jerry profiles the polarising durian fruit tree.
Durians may be the most controversial fruit – revered by many as the King Of The Fruits, and reviled by others for their strong smell, apparently reminiscent of open drains. However, the taste has been compared to rich custard flavoured with almonds.
Guest presenter Hannah Moloney shares some tips on controlling mint. Mint is a great addition to a herb garden, but its invasive roots can take over. Guest presenter Hannah Moloney has a tip for using an old plastic pot to create a root barrier, allowing you to plant mint directly in your garden without it getting out of control. Hannah plants Common Mint (Mentha spicata) but you can do this with any variety.
Mint is a great addition to a herb garden, but its invasive roots can take over. Guest presenter Hannah Moloney has a tip for using an old plastic pot to create a root barrier, allowing you to plant mint directly in your garden without it getting out of control. Hannah plants Common Mint (Mentha spicata) but you can do this with any variety.
Sophie gets busy with a long list of autumn jobs to prepare her garden for the change of seasons. Summer flowers may be dying off and growth slowing down, but Autumn is not a time to rest in the garden! It’s the perfect time to plant new things, rearrange, get pruning, and generally prepare your plants to get through the cooler months ahead.