GAR­DEN­ERS BRANCH OUT

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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.

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