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

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Gardening - TINO CARNEVALE

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

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