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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Pete's Patch

I count myself very lucky and blessed that my almost 21 year old daughter still wants to spend the day with me. She chose the Botanic Gardens in Hobart for our special day together. I think she is a lovely nostalgic and remembers other trips here when she was little.
We started with tea and scones at the tea room before we began our adventure.

The first stop was Pete's Garden made famous on the Gardening Australia show. The smell of all the manure was overwhelming and Emma says she is sure you could grow great vegetables just on the fumes alone.
What I really love about Pete's patch is that is shows gardening in an average backyard scale on a year round system. It makes it real for the average back yard gardener.

We saw the famous banana tree that they are trying to grow against the wall as an experiment. It had a significant hessian covering against the frost but looked like it was holding it's own. I can't see it fruiting in this climate though.

It was also good to see various fruit trees espaliered as this is also a project that Craig and I are working on in our back yard to optimise fruit/space production.


  1. I watch gardening austalia every week and it is not as same without Peter cundall. How lucky you are to be able to visit and see how it is going.

  2. Sounds like a wonderful day out. I love Gardening Australia.

  3. A friend and myself are off to Tassie 18th Aug for 5 days. We will be in Hobart, so this will be one of our stops for sure. I agree the program is just not the same since Peter Cundell retired. Have a great weekend.

  4. Now I'm really enjoying some nostalgia. It's been some time (4 years or so) since I've been fortunate enough to see Pete's veggie patch, and I'm really pleased to see that it survived his retirement.


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