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January 3, 2011


Few things are better for your plants and for the environment than home-made garden compost, yet why is making it never quite as straightforward as the experts would have us believe? Perhaps unrealistic expectations, coupled with the modern desire for instant results, are mainly to blame. The commercial garden industry, anxious to sell us a fancy machine or secret ingredient that promises to make compost in days, merely adds to our feeling of inadequacy. But don’t panic, this book is here to help take the mystery and fuss out of making compost.

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December 29, 2010

giles and sue live the good life.

In celebration of The Good Life's 35th birthday, Giles Coren and Sue Perkins step back in time to 1975 to find out what it takes to make the self-sufficient dream a reality. They won't actually be living the life, but set out to learn some of the skills and techniques the lifestyle demands. When the classic sitcom first hit our screens, self-sufficiency was the goal of an eccentric few, but fast forward 35 years and Tom and Barbara Good's determination to grow their own and conserve energy has never seemed so fashionable.

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December 28, 2010

gardening australia s21e44 2010.

Air date 26th Dec 2010.

John Patrick explains what to consider when planning a garden from scratch, and Jerry drops in on his neighbours to see their wildlife friendly and productive garden created through their different, and sometimes opposing, theories of gardening.

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December 28, 2010

guide to keeping hens in your garden.

If you’ve ever dreamt of keeping a few hens in your garden, this programme provides an encouraging step-by-step guide on how to choose, house and care for your flock.

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December 21, 2010

gardening australia s21e43 2010.

Air date 18th Dec 2010.

Tino Carnevale is in the veggie patch pruning tomatoes, tending to corn and pumpkins to encourage bigger fruit, and prepares the strawberries for the season ahead. Clarence Slockee profiles some bush food plants and explains how they were harvested and prepared by Aboriginal people, and Stephen Ryan meets a gardener in Melbourne who has created a diverse and productive space for the whole family to enjoy.

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December 21, 2010

kitchen garden magazine 2010.

12 Magazines covering the whole of 2010.

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December 19, 2010

gardening australia s21e42 2010.

Air date 11th Dec 2010.

Stephen Ryan visits a couple in a new Melbourne suburb who have created a garden full of natives, lush tropical foliage and personality in only a few years. Colin Campbell visits Byron Bay to profile Spinifex, an important pioneer plant for coastal regions and discuss how to use it in a garden, and Leonie Norrington shows how to build a shade house to protect young plants during the deluge of the Wet season in the Tropics.

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December 17, 2010

gardening australia s21e41 2010.

Air date 4th Dec 2010.

Clarence Slockee visits a couple who have crammed a huge variety of plants into their suburban garden to indulge their individual passions, while Jane Edmanson shows what to do to get your garden ready for the hot weather. Stephen Ryan visits an extraordinary 91 year old gardener who has hand built her romantic garden over the last 25 years.

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December 14, 2010

gardening australia s21e40 2010.

Air date 27th Nov 2010.

Jerry Coleby-Williams plants chillies, eggplant and basil, prepares fruit trees for the humid months ahead and deals with an invasion of native snails. John Patrick visits a historic garden and explains how the principles of the 140 year old design are still relevant today, and Jane Edmanson meets a gardener who has overcome the competition of large trees, baking heat and possums to create a colourful and productive garden.

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December 13, 2010

gardening australia s21e39 2010.

Air date 20th Nov 2010.

Jerry's Coleby-Williams shows how to shelter and insulate a small raised garden bed by surrounding it with plants. Clarence Slockee looks at Australian plants that produce lots of nectar, explains why they do it and how they were used by aboriginal people, and on the veggie patch Tino Carnevale plants different types of bush and climbing bean, checks the progress of the banana and sows seed of a giant variety of pumpkin.

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