Dream Gardens ep.2

Presenter Michael McCoy visits Frank and Mary-Anne D'Aquila from Essendon, Victoria, who are in pursuit of a family garden complete with pool, plants and an entertaining space.


Join leading landscape designer Michael McCoy as he showcases some of Australia’s most lavish and magnificent gardens from the first spade hitting the ground to the incredible end result.
 What does it mean to make a garden? What longings do gardens fulfil; what dreams do they satisfy? These are the question at the heart of a new show, Dream Gardens, launching on ABC TV this week. Eschewing how-to tips on growing plants (done so well by ABC's other garden offering, Gardening Australia), this is a show that looks instead at what we want from gardens and how clever garden design can deliver it.
 The host is the ebullient Michael McCoy, a garden designer and writer. McCoy has a degree in botany, long experience as a hands-on gardener and sought-after garden designer, and a passionate curiosity about what makes good garden design work. He's empathetic, enthusiastic and opinionated - the perfect guide to lead viewers around eight gardens-in-the-making.

Dream Gardens ep.2
Dream Gardens ep.2

How to start spinach seed



For those living in northern latitudes this is the time that many gardeners, whether gardening on a patio or a large allotment, begin to plant cool season crops such as spinach. We all are often frustrated when we do not attain the results we hoped for. There is a way to greatly improve the germination rate and speed up the growth of your spinach plants. This young woman living in Florida, USA reveals her method.

How to start spinach seed
How to start spinach seed

James Martin's French Adventure ep.18

   In episode 18, James arrives in the French capital and one of his favourite cities in the world, Paris. Well known for its love affair with the baguette, James learns about the Poilane Bakery, that dates back to 1932, which specialises in sourdough. Paris is home to both artisans and fine dining and James is lucky enough to visit the kitchens of world renowned chef Pierre Gagnaire.


TV chef James Martin is set to star in brand new food travel series, journeying through France to the locations that inspired his culinary career and paying homage to his culinary hero Keith Floyd.
 Holidaying and studying in France as a teenager, the country was influential in establishing James’ love for food. Hitting the open road on a journey of nostalgia, the new series follows James as he retraces the memorable TV trip his food hero Keith Floyd once took 30 years ago, while also visiting the places that carved his culinary beginnings.
 Exploring and sampling the very best in French cuisine, James’ journey starts in Provence and continues onto Perigord, Burgundy, Alsace, Pay Basque and Brittany, all the while stopping to produce his own versions of the iconic dishes he finds on location.
 Paying homage to his role model, chef Keith Floyd, James travels the length and breadth of the country in Floyd’s very own Citroen 2CV which he owned for 16 years, as he rediscovers the food and the country.

James Martin's French Adventure ep.18
James Martin's French Adventure ep.18

Dream Gardens ep.1

This new Australian series begins with a rural Queensland couple's journey to transform a rock hard paddock into an ambitious and extensive kitchen garden so that they can live out their "grow it, eat it, live it" dream.


 Join leading landscape designer Michael McCoy as he showcases some of Australia’s most lavish and magnificent gardens from the first spade hitting the ground to the incredible end result.
 What does it mean to make a garden? What longings do gardens fulfil; what dreams do they satisfy? These are the question at the heart of a new show, Dream Gardens, launching on ABC TV this week. Eschewing how-to tips on growing plants (done so well by ABC's other garden offering, Gardening Australia), this is a show that looks instead at what we want from gardens and how clever garden design can deliver it.
 The host is the ebullient Michael McCoy, a garden designer and writer. McCoy has a degree in botany, long experience as a hands-on gardener and sought-after garden designer, and a passionate curiosity about what makes good garden design work. He's empathetic, enthusiastic and opinionated - the perfect guide to lead viewers around eight gardens-in-the-making.

Dream Gardens ep.1
Dream Gardens ep.1 

Gardening Australia ep.5 2017

Gardening Australia provides practical, realistic and credible horticultural and gardening advice, inspiring and entertaining Australian gardeners around the world.
Costa visits a Sydney harbourside garden; Sophie gets stuck into some autumn jobs; Jerry explores a Japanese garden; and Jane shows us the benefits of inorganic mulch.


Autumn Means Action
Sophie gets stuck into some autumn jobs
Harbourside Perfection
Costa visits a gorgeous waterfront garden in Darling Harbour that's utilised clever planting to embrace its steep sloping block
FAQs - Non Leaf-Dropping Trees | Fertilising Lawns | Dead-heading
Sophie profiles some trees that don't drop their leaves, Tino explains how often we should fertilize our lawn and Josh gives some tips on deadheading plants
Excess Produce - Herb Cubes
In our series on what to do with excess produce, we look at a great solution for using excess herbs
Spirit of Japan
Jerry explores one of Australia's largest traditional Japanese Gardens nestled in a surprising place - Toowoomba!
Inorganic Mulch
Jane investigates the practical benefits of inorganic mulches and shows us how to best incorporate them into our own garden
The Sweetest Strawberries
Tino profiles one of the world's sweetest fruits

Gardening Australia ep.5 2017
Gardening Australia ep.5 2017

Gardening tips ep.4 2017



1. Bromeliads
The family Bromeliaceea are epiphytes originating from the southern United States, South America and West Indies, where they grow on trees, stumps and decaying branches. Their colourful bracts last several months, making them ideal house plants, particularly for a warm conservatory or glasshouse.
2. Air layering of plants
Air layering is a method of propagating new trees and shrubs from stems still attached to the parent plant. The stem is wrapped with damp moss to encourage roots to form.
3. Grow your own : Potatoes
Potatoes are hugely versatile and are a staple ingredient of many meals in one form or another - boiled, mashed, chipped or baked. Potatoes are classified as being either earliest or main crops. Early potatoes are ready to harvest much sooner than main crops and are what we call new potatoes. Main crop potatoes are in the ground a lot longer, they have a better yield and produce larger tubers (potatoes).
4. Gooseberries, red and white currants
Gooseberries, red and white currants are easy-to-grow soft fruits that cope with a wide range of soil conditions. They crop best in a sunny position, but will tolerate partial shade.
5. Encourage wildlife to your garden
Increasing the biodiversity of your plot doesn't have to be hard, or compromise the way your garden looks.
This week at Long, M begins a brand new project when he starts a new soft fruit garden. He also plants new potatoes and divides herbaceous plants in the jewel garden.
Frances visits an extraordinary tropical garden in Barbados which was developed from a collapsed cave, and we meet Chris Baines, a legend of gardening for wildlife, in his own small town garden.
And as part of the programme's 50th anniversary, Mark Lane offers his choice of the plant he thinks has had the most impact on British gardens over the last half century.

Gardening tips ep.4 2017
Gardening tips ep.4 2017

The Beechgrove Garden ep.1 2017

 The best sign of spring is when the Beechgrove Garden returns and Jim McColl, Carole Baxter, George Anderson, Chris Beardshaw and Brian Cunningham are all back in the garden dispensing sage advice to keep growing.
 At this time of the year, we are normally bemoaning winter storms - so what do we have to talk about after one of the mildest winters on record? Jim and team look at the signs of spring and see if it really has come early this year. Jim also takes a look at the progress of the overwintered veg, while George has already set himself a challenge to produce a weekly salad.
Carole has been in search of early signs of spring as she takes an up close and personal look at the tiny world of snowdrops. She also visits Helen Rushton in Rothienorman to discover why these tiny beauties excite such passions.


 Hello and welcome to the first programme of 2017.
 The sun was shining on this the first day back to the Beechgrove Garden. First off a quick review of winter weather and conditions, as expected over the winter period the weather has varied across the country. In Edinburgh George had a mild winter until November. Then the frost and cold hit in February. Brian said that the strong winds managed to avoid Scone Palace this winter so there was none of the usual tree damage so far. Chris found that in Gloucestershire it had been a mild November. Then it turned cold in January with hard frost and temperatures of -5°C to -6°C most nights. Chris reckoned that the cold weather in January had kick-started everything into growth.
 The weather for Jim in Aberdeen-shire had been relatively mild with only one outing of Jim’s snow shovel. Carole also in Aberdeen-shire reckoned temperatures have only been down to -4°C with some cold winds and temperatures at Beechgrove have only been down to -6°C. The plants as a result were displaying a‘concertina effect’ where crocuses, snowdrops and daffodils were all flowering at the same time.
 Signs of spring in Cornwall is heralded by the ‘Magnolia bloomometers’. These are 6 giant Magnolia campbellii trees, situated in six of Cornwall’s greatest gardens and when each tree has more than 50 blooms, spring is said to have finally arrived in this part of England. This year the 28th February was when the 50 blooms emerged. It is then usually a walking pace northwards for signs of spring.
 We approached some Beechgrove friends to find out what was heralding their spring this year. At Glenarn near Helensburgh on the West Coast there Sue and Mike Thornley reported that there were no magnolia flowers as yet; but there were rhododendrons in bloom. Richard Baines at Benmore also has had many rhododendrons in flower already some two weeks early.

The Beechgrove Garden ep.1 2017
The Beechgrove Garden ep.1 2017


Costa's Garden Odyssey ep.20 ( Series 1 ep.8)

Costa takes us inside the Sydney Flower market to meet Domenico Mezzacuva, a flower grower and merchant who provides us with an insiders take on this unique community. Every house in Australia should recycle their organic matter, and so Costa meets Alley Rutherford to find the recipe for the perfect compost.


Costa is a man of the people. A man who can connect with all. His infectious character and passion for his subject puts people at ease and makes them shine. A Landscape Architect with an all-consuming passion for plants and people – Costa knows how to find the best in both of them, and takes great pleasure in bringing them together. Costa’s Garden Odyssey is a groundbreaking magazine style series that allows this unique Greek Garden Guru an opportunity to do what he does best - spread his green wisdom while communicating with people and celebrating cultures and community in a way never seen before on Australian television. Costa will take you to the joyous, harmonious heart of the garden. It’s about gardening the soil and the soul.

Costa's Garden Odyssey ep.20 ( Series 1 ep.8)
Costa's Garden Odyssey ep.20 ( Series 1 ep.8)

James Martin's French Adventure ep.17

In episode 17, James visits Claude Monet’s house in Giverny, peeking inside his kitchen, James sets up his own mobile kitchen nearby to cook a delicious dish of crab and dulse. Later down the road, Eric Guerin serves James pike, one of Monet’s favourite ingredients, at his restaurant Le Jardin des Plumes. Also, in a nearby orchard, on the day of their annual harvest, James cooks an autumnal treat of apple doughnuts.


TV chef James Martin is set to star in brand new food travel series, journeying through France to the locations that inspired his culinary career and paying homage to his culinary hero Keith Floyd.
 Holidaying and studying in France as a teenager, the country was influential in establishing James’ love for food. Hitting the open road on a journey of nostalgia, the new series follows James as he retraces the memorable TV trip his food hero Keith Floyd once took 30 years ago, while also visiting the places that carved his culinary beginnings.
 Exploring and sampling the very best in French cuisine, James’ journey starts in Provence and continues onto Perigord, Burgundy, Alsace, Pay Basque and Brittany, all the while stopping to produce his own versions of the iconic dishes he finds on location.
 Paying homage to his role model, chef Keith Floyd, James travels the length and breadth of the country in Floyd’s very own Citroen 2CV which he owned for 16 years, as he rediscovers the food and the country.

James Martin's French Adventure ep.17
James Martin's French Adventure ep.17

Gardening Australia ep.32 2016

Gardening Australia provides practical, realistic, and credible horticultural and gardening advice, inspiring and entertaining all Australian gardeners around the world.
Josh explores an inspiring bush-style garden; Tino plants spring greens; Jane demonstrates planting seed; Costa checks out colourful spring plants; and we visit a landscape designer's suburban oasis.


Plant Profile: Honeywort
Sophie profiles an old-fashioned favourite - Honeywort
A Spring Walk
Costa delights in the popping displays of spring colour at Sydney's Royal Botanic Garden
FAQs - Edible Flowers | Soil for Potting Mix | Elephant Foot Yams
Jane shares ideas about edible flowers, Angus explains the pitfalls of using soil in containers and Jerry reveals where to source elephant foot yam
Spring Greens
Tino's in The Patch planting up one of the highest-return crops for any time of the year - greens, greens and more greens!
Seed Raising 101
Jane shows how to get the garden brimming by raising your own seedlings
Working with the Conditions
Josh meets two botanists who've overhauled a tired garden to create an inspiring natural setting

Gardening Australia ep.32 2016
Gardening Australia ep.32 2016

Mary Berry Everyday ep.5 2017

Mary Berry celebrates the everyday food and ingredients she has always loved to cook.
Mary shares some inspirational ideas to make everyday family meals exciting with fabulous no-fuss dishes. She tries her hand at milking a goat and shows her granddaughter how to make her own goat's cheese for a family picnic.


1.  Melanzane pasta
A vegetarian lasagne filled with flavour and oozy goodness. Serve with garlic bread or a simple green salad.

Melanzane pasta


2. Smoked haddock and cauliflower gratin
Combine the flavours of fish pie and cauliflower cheese and you get this wonderful dish!

Smoked haddock and cauliflower gratin


3.Panang chicken stir-fry
Spice up your rice with Mary's chicken stir-fry, perfect for a midweek meal.

Mary Berry Everyday ep.5 2017
Mary Berry Everyday ep.5 2017

James Martin's French Adventure ep.16

In episode 16, James visits the historic Pegasus Bridge in Normandy. James sets up his mobile kitchen in one of the many Calvados orchards in the area, to make a dish of artichokes with hollandaise. James also visits restaurant Le Pavé d’Auge in one of the most beautiful towns in France, to see a chef who likes to cook with as much butter as him.


TV chef James Martin is set to star in brand new food travel series, journeying through France to the locations that inspired his culinary career and paying homage to his culinary hero Keith Floyd.
 Holidaying and studying in France as a teenager, the country was influential in establishing James’ love for food. Hitting the open road on a journey of nostalgia, the new series follows James as he retraces the memorable TV trip his food hero Keith Floyd once took 30 years ago, while also visiting the places that carved his culinary beginnings.
 Exploring and sampling the very best in French cuisine, James’ journey starts in Provence and continues onto Perigord, Burgundy, Alsace, Pay Basque and Brittany, all the while stopping to produce his own versions of the iconic dishes he finds on location.
 Paying homage to his role model, chef Keith Floyd, James travels the length and breadth of the country in Floyd’s very own Citroen 2CV which he owned for 16 years, as he rediscovers the food and the country closest to his and his old friend’s heart.

James Martin's French Adventure ep.16
James Martin's French Adventure ep.16 

Costa's Garden Odyssey ep.19 ( Series 1 ep.7)

 Costa visits The Mamre Project in Sydney's West; a fantastic community initiative that teaches sustainability and nutrition as well as providing employment programs to African Refugees. Costa gives us the 5 essential maintenance tips for water tanks; we examine the crucial roles of bees in the eco system and we learn explore the relationship between the ancient books of Judaism and the cycles and seasons of nature.


  Costa is a man of the people. A man who can connect with all. His infectious character and passion for his subject puts people at ease and makes them shine. A Landscape Architect with an all-consuming passion for plants and people – Costa knows how to find the best in both of them, and takes great pleasure in bringing them together. Costa’s Garden Odyssey is a groundbreaking magazine style series that allows this unique Greek Garden Guru an opportunity to do what he does best - spread his green wisdom while communicating with people and celebrating cultures and community in a way never seen before on Australian television. Costa will take you to the joyous, harmonious heart of the garden. It’s about gardening the soil and the soul.

Costa's Garden Odyssey ep.19 ( Series 1 ep.7)
Costa's Garden Odyssey ep.19 ( Series 1 ep.7)

Gardening Australia ep.4 2017

Gardening Australia provides practical, realistic, and credible horticultural and gardening advice, inspiring and entertaining all Australian gardeners around the nation.


Splitting the Hive
We return to Costa's old primary school to split the native beehive that he placed in the grounds a few years back
The Leafy Lounge
Millie shows us how we can grow a luscious leafy lounge using upcycled materials and, of course, plants
Outside In
Jane visits a house that's packed to the brim with magnificent indoor plants and gets some tips on how to keep them in tip-top condition
What To Do This Weekend - Temp | Cool | Arid (March)
Sophie gives us tips on planting our first batch of winter vegies, Tino prunes his pome fruit and Josh shows us how to control citrus leafminer
The Caretaker
Angus explores the stunning garden of late journalist Richard Carleton, and meets his widow Sharon who is now the its caretaker
Plant Profile - Marlborough Rock Daisy
Tino profiles a drought tolerant daisy
Propagating Coleus
Jerry shows us some great techniques for propagating coleus

Gardening Australia ep.4 2017
Gardening Australia ep.4 2017

Gardening tips ep.3 2017


Gardening tips:
1. Pleached walks, tunnels and arbours
Pleaching is a method of training trees to produce a narrow screen or hedge by tying in and interlacing flexible young shoots along a supporting framework. Use this technique to make walks, arbours, tunnels and arches.
2. Planting: Trees and shrubs
Planting new trees and shrubs is not a difficult job, but one to get right, if you want your new plants to have the best start in life. The most important considerations are root health, weather, soil conditions and aftercare.
3. Grow Your Own: Tomatoes
Growing your own tomatoes is simple and just a couple of plants will reward you with plenty of delicious tomatoes in the summer. There are all kinds of tomatoes to try, from the tiniest cherry types, favourites with children, through to full-flavoured giant beefsteak tomatoes. Tomatoes come in all kinds of colours too.
4. Sowing indoors:
Sowing seeds indoors allows tender plants to be started off earlier in the season. When they have grown into young plants, they can be planted outside in the garden or vegetable plot once the weather is warm enough.

James Martin's French Adventure ep.15

  In episode 15, James arrives in the adopted home of his food hero Keith Floyd, the riverside town of Isle Sur La Sorgue, where Floyd once had a restaurant. Buying produce from its floating market, and a Floyd-style hat, James sets up his mobile kitchen on a bridge overlooking the river, and cooks peaches pain perdu in the sunshine. Heading back in the direction of Isle Sur La Sorgue, James samples some truffle-laden dishes at renowned restaurant La Beaugraviere.


 TV chef James Martin is set to star in brand new food travel series, journeying through France to the locations that inspired his culinary career and paying homage to his culinary hero Keith Floyd.
  Holidaying and studying in France as a teenager, the country was influential in establishing James’ love for food. Hitting the open road on a journey of nostalgia, the new series follows James as he retraces the memorable TV trip his food hero Keith Floyd once took 30 years ago, while also visiting the places that carved his culinary beginnings.
  Exploring and sampling the very best in French cuisine, James’ journey starts in Provence and continues onto Perigord, Burgundy, Alsace, Pay Basque and Brittany, all the while stopping to produce his own versions of the iconic dishes he finds on location.
  Paying homage to his role model, chef Keith Floyd, James travels the length and breadth of the country in Floyd’s very own Citroen 2CV which he owned for 16 years, as he rediscovers the food and the country closest to his and his old friend’s heart.

James Martin's French Adventure ep.15
James Martin's French Adventure ep.15

Mary Berry Everyday ep.4 2017

Mary Berry celebrates the everyday food and ingredients she has always loved to cook.


This is indulgence at its best with Mary's mouthwatering dishes that give the everyday a lift with lashings of naughtiness. Treats are in store as Mary pursues the history of the great British pie and tempts us with the secret to an easy sticky toffee pud.

1. Steak with peppercorn sauce
Make steak extra special with Mary Berry's classic peppercorn sauce.

Steak with peppercorn sauce








2. Mary's sticky toffee pudding
Sticky, gooey and surprisingly light and easy, Mary's sticky toffee pudding is a winner.
Baked in a large dish, this is a family-sized pudding, spooned out or cut into squares to serve.

Mary's sticky toffee pudding








3. Potato, leek and cheese pie
This is a quick and easy take on flaky pastry. The vegetarian filling is also delicious and simple to make.


Gardening Australia ep.31 2016

 Gardening Australia provides practical, realistic, and credible horticultural and gardening advice, inspiring and entertaining all Australian gardeners around the world.
 Tino demonstrates layering; Sophie explores a garden inspired by world travels; Angus sees just what can be achieved in a garden in two years; and John visits a geological garden.


In Two Short Years
Angus discovers it's possible to transform a barren garden into a horticultural delight in only two years
Pick 'n' Plant
Josh gives some useful tips on keeping quick growing crops in constant supply
Potting Up
Costa explains the basics of potting up plants
Native Climbers
Jane profiles a pretty climber - the Native Sarsaparilla
FAQs - Sowing Corn | Flowering Bulbs | Composting
Jerry explains why he sows corn thickly, Jane discusses when to cut back foliage on flowering bulbs and Tino offers ways to speed up the compost
Taking Root
Tino shows what must be one of the easiest and cheapest ways of propagating plants - layering
Kinclaven
Sophie explores an expansive Adelaide Hills garden that has been shaped by the owners' travels and passion for plants
Ready to Rock
John visits a unique garden that tells the story of the evolution of Victoria's geology and its native plant communities

Gardening Australia ep.31 2016
Gardening Australia ep.31 2016

James Martin's French Adventure ep.14

 In episode 14, James’s adventure brings him to the city of Arles, famous for its Roman architecture and a sport with bulls where young daredevils play a dangerous game. It’s also home to the largest market in Provence, and James sets up his mobile kitchen there to cook a dish of John Dory with tomatoes, courgettes and clams, bought from the market stalls around him. James also takes a trip to award-winning wine producer Chateau Romanin gets James to change his thinking on the merits of rosé wine.

 
 TV chef James Martin is set to star in brand new food travel series on ITV, journeying through France to the locations that inspired his culinary career and paying homage to his culinary hero Keith Floyd.
 Holidaying and studying in France as a teenager, the country was influential in establishing James’ love for food. Hitting the open road on a journey of nostalgia, the new series follows James as he retraces the memorable TV trip his food hero Keith Floyd once took 30 years ago, while also visiting the places that carved his culinary beginnings.
 Exploring and sampling the very best in French cuisine, James’ journey starts in Provence and continues onto Perigord, Burgundy, Alsace, Pay Basque and Brittany, all the while stopping to produce his own versions of the iconic dishes he finds on location.

James Martin's French Adventure ep.14
James Martin's French Adventure ep.14

Costa's Garden Odyssey ep.18 ( Series 1 ep.6)

Costa heads to the culturally diverse suburb of Cabramatta in Sydney's Southwest to meet the students of a local public school to provide them with a little help with their gardening endeavours. A road trip to the New South Wales town of Rylestone sees South Wales town of Rylestone sees Costa learn first hand how Biodynamics have helped produce olives in an area they said it could never be done.


Costa's Garden Odyssey is an Australian television gardening program hosted by landscape architect Costa Georgiadis. Costa takes a holistic approach to gardening and horticulture, emphasising the importance of water and its management and the benefits of sustainable living. Costa spreads his green wisdom while communicating with people and celebrating cultures and community.

Costa's Garden Odyssey ep.18 ( Series 1 ep.6)
Costa's Garden Odyssey ep.18 ( Series 1 ep.6)