ALWAYS SOW TRUE
This week pays tribute to some of the state’s best gardening advisors including our own former long-serving columnist Peter Cundall, who recently retired from his various media roles
I’m not sure if it’s our climate, our soil, our culture down here or just the circles I move in but we seem to have an abundance of great horticulturalists in Tasmania.
We have had an above average percentage of above average gardeners. Tasmanians such as the late Marjorie Bligh, Alan Gilbert and Essie Huxley, innovators and collectors like Graeme Stevenson, The Galanduses, Steve Solomon and of course Peter Cundall.
Peter has the ability to simplify complex ideas and not only make them digestible but engaging and the information is given freely and with an undeniable charm. It is tempting to just keep writing about Peter and his impact on how we view and practice our homely art but I think the best way I can say thanks to him is to share some of the most useful tips Peter shared with me through books, radio, television and in
Peter has the ability to simplify complex ideas and not only make them digestible but engaging ...
person. My grandfather would use his hoe to form the shallow furrows and it was my job to pick out the tiny, fiddly carrot seeds and sow them a couple of centimetres apart. Then once while we were watching Gardening Australia together Peter prepared the bed then pulled out an empty jam jar, jabbed a decent hole in the lid then half-filled it up with fine river sand and threw in a bag of seed. He put the lid on and covered the hole with his thumb, gave it a shake and proceeded to sow a perfect line of evenly spaced carrot seed. I remember thinking this was genius. It saved me from having to do a fairly tedious task for a six year old and I got to make stuff!
Stressing your tomato seedlings and forcing them to flower early, then planting them in the ground and giving