Gardening Australia episode 39 2020: Guest presenter Hannah Maloney introduces her gorgeous goats, Millie Ross learns the art of fermentation, Tino Carnevale visits a grand country garden, and guest presenter Craig Miller-Randle propagates indoor plants.
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Gardening Australia episode 39 2020
A Family Affair
Tino visits a grand country garden lovingly tended to by a family who do everything from grafting to stonework! In Tasmania’s north between Cradle Mountain and the coast is the town of Nietta that has a rugged and wild landscape. It’s also home to an epic 2-hectare country garden that draws visitors from all over the country.
The Crowden family have poured their hearts into this place for over 50 years. Kay and Robert started the farm and garden and whilst still very involved, it’s now their daughters Amarlie and Lesley managing the day-to-day. “It’s been a really good democracy because the four of us are all interested in different things. Guaranteed to make sure dad will get less farm and more garden every year, whether he wants to or not.”
The woodland was the first area Kay and Robert created with cottage plants, birches, and the start of a 70 plus collection of maples. In a region that gets lots of rain, wind and snow, the garden moves with the seasons. In spring, bulbs burst to life creating carpets of colour, including a fleeting meadow of fritillaria.
FAQs – Sunflowers | Trampoline garden | Small zucchini
Jane explains how much space sunflowers need to grow, Clarence suggests plants you can grow under a trampoline and Millie has advice for a better zucchini harvest.
Caring for Climate – Gardening Australia episode 39 2020
Jerry shares tips on how you can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from your garden. Global warming is a global phenomenon but there’s many things gardeners can do to help on a local scale. Jerry uses battery powered tools that can be recharged via the solar power on his roof which prevents greenhouse gas emissions. A push-driven mower also has no reliance on fuels and starts first time every time!
Growing plants helps store carbon in soils by taking carbon dioxide in from the atmosphere and turning it into plant tissue. Mangroves are some of best plant communities for storing carbon but trees like eucalypts are great choices with small varieties available for the home garden, and if providing shade on the northern or western side of your house you’ll need less air conditioning to keep cool and save on emissions that way too.
Guest Presenter Hannah Maloney introduces the goats that make her garden come to life. Gertie and her daughter Gilly are an integral part of Hannah’s productive garden. It’s important to have at least two goats to keep each other company or they will get lonely.
A day in a goat’s life starts with milking time, and they each provide around 3 litres of milk a day!
The rest of the day is all about eating, and it’s important they get the most nutritious food available to stay healthy, especially while lactating. Their diet includes rolled barely, mixed chaff of lucerne and oat, mixed kitchen scraps and woody plant material. Goats naturally prefer to browse trees and bushes rather than grazing grass. Hannah has lots of environmental weeds in the area including Cotoneaster, so she cuts down branches and brings them home for dinner.
Top Tip: Mulberries
Josh profiles the mulberry and shares some tips to keep them packed with produce.
The Great Indoors – Propagation
Guest presenter Craig Miller-Randle shares easy propagation methods for a range of indoor plants.
Some plants grow with underground rhizomes or bulbs that can simply be pulled or cut apart. Dracaena ‘Moonshine’ (also known as Sansevieria) can be propagated in this way and is very hardy due to the water storage capacity of the rhizome. Make sure to pull apart clumps that have their own roots already growing. Repot each clump into a new pot with fresh potting mix. Water in but allow the top few centimetres to dry out before watering again. Other indoor plants that can be divided in this way include Zanzibar Gem, Spider Plant, and Calathea.
Millie learns how to preserve a garden harvest with fermentation expert Sandor Katz.
Millie is at the Longhouse Cooking School near Daylesford, Central Victoria to meet Sandor Katz who celebrates food preservation through fermentation. The garden was Sandor’s gateway to fermentation. He started making sauerkraut after growing too much cabbage in his own garden back in New York, and it sparked a lifelong passion.
Plant Profile: Cannas
With hundreds of cultivars to choose from, the canna can turn a garden into a sea of colour.
Stonework Sisters – Gardening Australia episode 39 2020
Amarlie and Lesley Crowden from Kaydale show Tino how the stonewalls in the garden are constructed.
Sisters, Amarlie and Lesley are in charge of coming up with new ideas and making them happen. The farm site has a lot of rocks for them to use so they carved out a rockery and built a protective wall that created a warm, moist microclimate on the internal side and a hot climate on the outside, allowing them to have “a lot of fun with colour and texture.”
Succulent Spruce Up
Sophie shows how to revamp and propagate succulents to make your pots pop!
Easy Cheese – Gardening Australia episode 39 2020
Hannah shows an easy method for making cheese using the milk from her goats.