GARDENERS BRANCH OUT
THIS show is nothing but educational. After tonight you’ll learn that “blight” and “scab” are actually diseases that you can introduce to your garden if you make the mistake of planting a potato you’ve bought from a green grocer or (sharp intake of breath) supermarket in your own garden. The GA experts say that once you introduce those diseases to your garden, they’re virtually impossible to get rid of. Always buy a seed potato from a certified supplier. See, you won’t get that intel on TheLivingRoom. Or a beard game as strong as Costa Georgiadis. In this episode, he downsizes. You’ve heard about tiny houses, how about tiny gardens? We’re talking miniscule with artist Greg Paton inspired by his inner-city Redfern balcony garden. There’s not just traditional plants, but mini sculptures and landscapes; from clowns chasing umbrellas on peat moss inside a terrarium to a golfer about to be eaten by a carnivorous plant. “It’s a little bit kooky and quite kitsch,” Paton admits, making the most of the vertical space by using hanging pots. On the other extreme, Millie Ross heads to the Royal Melbourne Golf Club where it’s not just sand dunes and the 18th hole, there’s also an on-site horticulturalist who preserves the rare wildflowers on the ground. There’s also tips on how to fix your soil if you have too much sand in your backyard and Jane Edmanson shares her tips for taking cuttings from native plants.