Gardening Australia episode 34 2021: Sophie Thomson visits a whimsical garden; Tino Carnevale visits a garden growing connection for Hobart’s Hazara community; Josh Byrne explores an area of rich, remnant vegetation in Perth; Costa Georgiadis does spring jobs.
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 34 2021
Friends of Zafira
Tino visits a garden growing connections and important ingredients for Hobart’s Hazara community.
A local takeaway may not be the first place that springs to mind when you think of inclusive, welcoming, linguistically diverse community hubs, but a small business in Moonah, just outside of the Hobart CBD, is exactly that. In 2017, local philanthropist Kirsten Singleton, took out a loan to buy a shop in Moonah with a long-term vision to provide employment and training for refugees and asylum seekers. She has transformed the shop into Zafira Fine Foods, providing employment for 25 people, delivering training opportunities and social support, as well as serving delicious Afghani cuisine.
Top Tip: Lilly Pilly
Jane solves a common lilly pilly problem – bumps on the leaves caused by psyllids. Psyllids give a pink, wrinkly appearance on lily pilly new growth tips. The plant can recover and live on for years to come, but because they’re an ornamental plant, there is a way you can improve their appearance.
Just take off 10-15cm of growth all the way round the plant then, put all the affected leaves into a bag and throw it away in your general waste bin (not your compost or green waste). That way, you’ll end up with an excellent looking lilly pilly!
Windspiel Whimsey – Gardening Australia episode 34 2021
Sophie visits a spectacular and playful garden in the Adelaide Hills, where the owners have overcome a steep block and challenging conditions. We’re in the Adelaide Hills, on a half-acre block on a ridge surrounded by stringybarks. Daniel bought the land in 1997, built the house in 1998, but it wasn’t until he met and married Gisela 10 years later that the garden started.
Gisela was lured by the beauty of the hills – and the prospect of a ‘clean canvas’ garden with twice the rainfall. It’s now a lush, picture-perfect garden that Gisela and Daniel are happy to share on open days, but the rest of the time they like their privacy – especially Daniel. He came up with some creative solutions to block the view from the road, including a screen of star jasmine and a curved path.
Plant and Potter
Presenter Hannah Moloney visits a cleverly designed productive patch in Hobart, which is producing a huge amount of food in a short time. Dusty and Chris live in Hobart’s Lenah Valley. Dusty is the home gardener, and Chris is the home potter who makes pots, vases and fermenting crocks to hold new plants or store the productive harvest.
Dusty says “my love of gardening definitively came from my grandparents and my mum. I’m from Louisiana, it’s where all my family still lives. I grew up growing all the Southern Texas and Louisiana staples like green beans, tomatoes, squash with my grandparents and my mom. We didn’t have a lot of money growing up so wherever my and my mom lived we had a garden growing supplementary food. It was a really essential part of our diet”.
Dusty moved to Tasmania in 2004 and has lived in Tassie on and off doing tertiary environmental studies. Chris is from Tamworth and moved to Sydney for university,