DIANNE BUT­LER OUT OF THE BOX

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Saturday -

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

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