TINO JOINS OUR TEAM
NEW GARDENING COLUMN IN TASSIE LIVING TODAY,
HE has years of formal education in horticulture under his belt, but Tasmanian gardener Tino Carnevale credits much of his skill with a shovel to grassroots tuition.
“I learned most of my practical digging in the ground from Peter Cundall and lovely old ladies,” he says.
Carnevale, left, said the “ladies” had taken many forms, including neighbours, nannas and the mothers of former girlfriends.
“A few ex-girlfriends had mothers who were keen gardeners, and I spent a lot of time out gardening with them.”
Carnevale has taken over the Sunday Tasmanian’s weekly gardening feature from Peter Cundall. While Cundall is continuing his Saturday ABC radio segment, the 91-year-old’s deteriorating eyesight has forced him to stop writing.
Carnevale said Cundall’s gardening and commitment to organic practices had long been a source of inspiration for him.
He said growing up in Tasmania had also been the perfect setting for harnessing knowledge, as the island had plenty of space, an ideal climate and a deep gardening culture.
Carnevale, who is the Tasmanian presenter for Gardening Australia, grew up on a small vineyard and olive grove by the Jordan River at Brighton — surrounded by rich soil and a family of veggie growers.
“My grandfather was from Irish stock and he was a keen gardener, so there was plenty of spuds, rhubarb and apples.
“And with an Italian father who gardened, I had a nice rounded introduction into gardening,” said Carnevale, who is also part of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program.
Carnevale formalised his gardening credentials through studying horticulture and landscape design at university and TAFE. For cool season garden ideas go to Carnevale’s first gardening column in today’s Tassie Living magazine.