DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
OVER the summer, Stephen Ryan says, your garden soil could well have formed a crust, making it hydrophobic. This means it will repel water. To fix it, it’s just a matter of using a hoe to fluff up the surface and you’ll find you’ll get better water penetration.
There you go. They’ll be wanting to know about better water penetration in, well, I think they might still need rain in Coonamble. Now, I realise this was filmed some time ago. But I thought for the first episode of the new series someone might’ve thought to top it with a bit saying, look, terrible floods in a lot of areas this summer, we haven’t said a word whatsoever about them in Gardening Australia tonight but we will be in episodes coming up. But they haven’t.
No mention of flowers either. Again. It’s becoming a bit of an issue with me now.
A great long list of vegetables we can put into our hydrophobic soil, which is tremendously helpful now that nobody on a normal income can afford to buy fresh produce from a shop, but no mention of ornamentals.
We see some though at Paula and Michael Gorton’s garden. They’ve lived at this place for 33 years. Where’s
Crusty: Stephen Ryan