Gardening Australia episode 7 2021

Gardening Australia episode 7 2021

Gardening Australia episode 7 2021: Jerry Coleby-Williams suggests unusual indoor plants, Costa Georgiadis visits a nursery helping migrants, Clarence Slockee meets a family who started gardening in lockdown and Jane Edmanson gets a taste for edible flowers.



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 7 2021


Connecting Community

Costa visits a nursery that connects new migrants to the community through gardening. The garden is run by Mt Druitt Ethnic Communities Agency (MECA), which has provided educational and employment services to the wider Blacktown community for 30 years.

“At the heart of it is helping new Australians from a migrant and refugee background to feel that sense of belonging,” says MECA manager Daniel Gobena. MECA moved to these new premesis in 2019 and caseworker Yousef Abou Ammar helped get the garden up and growing.

Dany Boulus teaches the horticulture program: “It’s about building confidence in people to lead to more opportunities, but students get as much out of it from the social connections as from growing plants.”

FAQs – Couch grass | When to add lime | Pot drainage

Millie gives tips on killing couch grass without chemicals, Tino explains when and why he adds lime to vegie beds and Josh explains what can affect pot drainage.

Choosing the Right Plants

Sophie shares some tips for buying the right plants in the nursery – the ones that are best suited to your garden and most likely to survive! If you’re a passionate gardener, then a trip to the nursery is like being a kid in a candy shop. All those colours, sizes, shapes and forms are so tempting, you might have the urge to fill your trolley with the biggest and brightest – but one of the most basic mistakes when you are buying for your garden is selecting plants on a whim.

Sophie gives some expert pointers on how to choose the right plants that will thrive in your garden.

Growing in Lockdown

Clarence meets a Wollongong family who transformed their backyard lawn into a productive garden during lockdown.

Clarence visits Fiona Purcell, who persuaded her family to turn over half their backyard to growing vegies while working from home in lockdown. Fiona did a lot of research when she decided to start a garden and came up with a U-shaped design – her husband Daniel did the design and construction, which has adapted as plants grew. It includes an heirloom section with seeds and plants donated from family members.

Her two children Emily and Jeremy also get involved – Jeremy likes the carrots and Emily thinks home-grown radishes taste way better. The soil was built up ‘like a lasagna’ with weed mate, chicken poo and soil and mulch.

Soft and Hardwood Cuttings – Gardening Australia episode 7 2021

Josh shows how to take soft and hardwood cuttings.

Petals for Your Palate

Jane explores a farm growing fields of delicious, delicate flowers that taste as good as they look.

Jane visits a flower farm in Victoria’s Yarra Valley with a difference – here all the plants are more than just eye candy, they’re bred to taste good too! The flowers are destined for restaurants and tables across Australia. “They have their own unique flavours,” says Petite Ingredient owner Jocelyn Cross. She started with a small 5m x 5m plot and the business quickly grew to its current 2ha property.

Dianthus are great because they produce so many flowers – Jocelyn replants every four weeks to keep up supply. Cornflowers are also popular and come in a range of colours. Violas are good for winter stock, planted under cover in autumn and flowering until Christmas. Some have quite strong flavours, such as mustard flowers, which are nutty and tangy, and suit a savoury dish.

The farm follows organic practices, so Jocelyn covers beds with silage covers to burn off weeds between crops.

Growing Buckwheat – Gardening Australia episode 7 2021

Tino shares some tips on growing buckwheat – a nutrient-packed, gluten-free grain source.

My Garden Path – Annette Rypalski

We meet biodiversity director Annette Rypalski, who looks after the rare and endangered animals living at Victoria’s Mt Rothwell sanctuary.

Tags: , , , ,
Scroll to Top