Gardening Australia episode 37 2019

Gardening Australia episode 37 2019

Gardening Australia episode 37 2019: Costa and Sophie visit neighbours who grow food together, Tino shares tips on fern care, Jane Edmanson visits the Kevin Heinze community garden and Millie Ross tastes some edible succulents.



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 37 2019


ABC Gardeners’ Market

Costa and Sophie are at the ABC Gardeners’ Market to find out what’s happening this Saturday.

FAQs – Composting clothes | Native sugarbag honey | Indoor natives

Gardening Australia presenters answer commonly asked gardening questions.

Fabulous Ferns

Tino is in fern heaven at the Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens to share some golden rules for healthy and happy ferns. Ferns come in all shapes and sizes and make great garden – and indoor – plants. Tino Carnevale has some hints on how best to care for them. First of all, pick a fern that’s right for your garden. Most ferns are from the tropics but the Tasmanian ferns have adapted to the colder climate. Choose the right spot in your garden – few ferns can cope with direct sun and strong winds, so plant in the shade.

A Garden for All

Jane visits the Kevin Heinze Grow garden, a community hub that has been providing therapeutic horticultural programs for 40 years. Kevin Heinze presented the program Sow What for 20 years and for much of that time it was filmed at Kevin’s own garden is Melbourne’s East.

He loved sharing his love of plants and gardens with everyone and that’s why in 1979 he set up the Kevin Heinze Garden Centre in Doncaster; it’s now expanded to Coburg as well and is called Kevin Heinze Grow. Kevin was also Jane Edmanson’s mentor, so she’s always had a close association with the centre.

A Succulent Meal

Millie meets a cacti and succulent collector who loves everything about these plants…. including eating them! The prickly pear is such an integral part of the Mexican culture that it’s even featured in the nation’s flag. While the cactus, also called nopales (Opuntia stricta), might be considered a bit of a weed in Australia, the plant is put to use every day in Mexico.

Millie Ross is in the Dandenong Ranges, which has a cold mountain climate that you wouldn’t associate with succulents, but that hasn’t deterred Adrian Peake, who grows a whole range of them. They look amazing, growing in all sorts of colourful containers. Adrian calls his home Casa Arcoiris, which translates to Rainbow House.

Community Connections

Sophie and Costa visit a neighbourhood where a group of productive backyard gardens have banded together to grow food and build a strong sense of community.

Something Old, Something New

Jerry plants out his vegie patch with a familiar theme; something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.

Vegie Patch Straw Bales

No garden? No problem! Learn how to start a vegie patch in a straw bale! Growing food in containers is a great solution for those without much soil. Another option is simply with a bale of straw. A major bonus is, after you harvest your crops, you can spread the remaining straw on your garden bed or add it to your compost!

Planning Crops

Josh Byrne shows how important planning is for successful gardening and gets a head start on sowing his summer veg.

My Garden Path – Bronwyn Paynter

We meet an occupational therapist who uses ‘forest bathing’ or shirin-yoku as a health and wellness tool.

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