Gardening Australia episode 19 2021: Sophie Thomson visits a gospel church group growing maize, Josh Byrne builds a ‘hotel’ for frogs, Clarence Slockee grows native plants in hanging baskets and Jane Edmanson shares her tips on pruning citrus.
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 19 2021
Costa joins a group of volunteers as they blitz the garden of 93-year-old Gloria, keeping it safe to help her stay living at home. We’re visiting the large, shady garden of Gloria McGrath, who’s one of the clients looked after by the team at Easy Care Gardening. It’s a not-for-profit organisation that uses volunteers to help older people maintain and safely take care of their gardens.
She signed up for Easy Care Gardening as soon as she heard about it. “I thought it was a good idea; I was living alone and still had a lot of palms then, and I have trouble reaching up so I can’t cut anything. We took 20 dead palm fronds down last year and it took 6 weeks to fit them in the green bin!”
Easy Care Gardening is a charity that visits 3-4 times a year and does a major ‘blitz’ of jobs that are too hard for clients, who are frail older people living in their own homes in four northern Sydney municipalities. It started in 1988 with 31 clients and just 4 volunteers – now there are > 1000 clients and hundreds of volunteers – but Larissa says they’re always looking for more!
Larissa is one of the coordinators for Easy Care, and a horticulturist. She says they rely on volunteers to get the work done, and Gloria’s garden is one of her favourites to visit.
FAQs – Callus | Old potting mix | Composting dog poo
Jane explains what a callus is, Josh answers a question on using old potting mix and Millie discusses some precautions when composting dog waste.
Frangipanis in Cool Climates – Gardening Australia episode 19 2021
Jerry has some tips for growing frangipanis in cool climates.
Many tropical plants are restricted in their growth by lower overnight temperatures in southern climates of Australia. As they’ve evolved in warmer areas, they simply haven’t had the need to develop defences against near frosts over winter.
However, some tropicals can be grown in frigid Melbourne with the right positioning and a little experimenting. Frangipanis are a great example. Frangipanis don’t like cold air, and frosts can damage the fleshy stems irreparably. Growing them in a pot is your best bet, so you can move them to the most suitable aspect.
The pot also takes them out of the cold earth over winter, where their tender roots can spoil. You want to grow them on the north or north western part of the house with some shelter over the top to stop the cold air, like a verandah. At night, brick walls release the heat they’ve absorbed during the day; place your plants next to the wall and they’ll enjoy this overnight mercury bump. In winter, you can move them to a more sheltered location.
Tassie Bush Treasures – Gardening Australia episode 19 2021
Tino heads to a community-driven bushland garden showcasing the incredible native flora of Tasmania’s South-East.
An hour north-east of Hobart lies the tiny hamlet of Buckland, and while the village itself is beautiful, it’s a 22-hectare patch of land outside of town that Tino has come to see. Nestled on the Tasman highway is the Tasmanian Bushland Garden, the only regional garden in the state dedicated entirely to celebrating and showcasing the unique native flora of Tasmania, in particular the south-east. But what makes this site even more special is the way it came about.
Hanging with the Locals
Clarence shares his tips for growing some stunning native plants in hanging baskets – perfect for balconies and small spaces.
We’ve looked at using native plants in a range of different situations and there really are no limitations on where you can put a local species in your garden. If you don’t have any space left on the ground, why not look up! Hanging planters are a great way to fill gaps that plants can’t reach on their own, whether that’s hanging from tree branches, from a balcony or pergola roof, or even an old hat stand. You can make your own hanger for lightweight pots or buy them ready to go, and they’ll always be ready to move when you do
Duo-Planting – Gardening Australia episode 19 2021
Tino explains how to “duo-plant” two trees in one space. Many fruit and nut trees like apples, pears, and almonds need a partner planted nearby for pollination. The more compatible trees you have in an area, the more pollinators you’re enticing in, and the more pollen you have, so, therefore, a bigger crop.
Self-fertile varieties will produce all by themselves. But even they benefit from having a mate around. Here at the patch, space really isn’t an issue, but in a smaller garden, getting two or more trees in can be a bit tricky. But one way around this is by duo planting or putting two trees in the one hole!
When duo-planting, it’s best to select two plants that are roughly the same size to prevent competition.
My Garden Path – Paul Haar
We meet visionary architect Paul Haar whose approach to creating homes for the future is guided by the landscape and sustainable materials.