Gardening Australia episode 28 2019: Jerry explores plants with taste for metal, Jane visits a garden celebrating Victoria’s flora. Costa explores carnivorous plants and Sophie Thomson visits a botanist’s dog-friendly garden.
Gardening Australia has always provided practical, trustworthy and credible gardening advice to inspire and entertain. Join Costa Georgiadis and the team as they traverse the country unearthing the best gardens.
Gardening Australia episode 28 2019
Millie sows seeds of perennial vegetables, asparagus and artichokes, guaranteeing harvests for years to come. Artichokes, rhubarb, sorrel and perennial leek are all perennial plants already growing in Millie’s garden – they’re super cost effective because, once established, they keep producing – so fit perfectly with her thrifty garden ethos.
FAQs – Non-pruned roses | Plastic vs terracotta | Cuttings
Gardening Australia presenters answer commonly asked gardening questions.
Calyx of Carnivores
Costa visits a glittering and gruesome display of carnivorous plants from around the world at Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens. Costa is visiting the Calyx at the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney. The climate-controlled indoor space is packed with tropical plants that catch their prey with sticky or snapping traps.
Jerry kicks off science week meeting a researcher who is studying plants that accumulate heavy metals in their tissue to explore how they can be used to farm metal and rehabilitate contaminated sites.
Most heavy metals are toxic to humans and animals, but some plants have adapted to live with high levels in their environment. Meet the hyperaccumulators – plants that can accumulate heavy metals such a nickel, zinc and arsenic from the soils in which they’re growing.
Top Tip – Turf Stopper
Jane shares a tip for stopping turf in its tracks. Weeds are not good companions for plants, especially fruit trees with shallow roots that don’t like competition. A great way to stop running weeds encroaching is to dig a trench around the drip line of the tree, creating a gap that the weeds cannot extend across.
Plants and Pups
Sophie visits a botanist’s plant filled garden that is designed with both his love of plants and his dogs in mind. This is a gardener’s garden established by botanist and horticulturist Mark Ellis. He has planned it so that it is productive, pretty and also provides habitat for local birds and insects.
Tino shows you how to select and maintain pruning equipment to give you perfect results every time.
Jane is at Melbourne Museum to explore Milarri, a garden showcasing native Victorian plants that provided food, shelter, medicine and tools for the First Nations people of south-eastern Australia.
African Horned Melon
Josh Byrne profiles and saves seed of the African horned melon.
My Garden Path – Paula Peeters and Raymond Carpenter
We meet an ecologist and palaeobotanist who have both dedicated their lives to researching, exploring and observing the plant kingdom in an effort to inspire others to value and connect with nature.