Tuesday, May 4, 2010

On the wireless

G'day folks, sorry for a slight absence of late. I've been very busy taking on a fun new project - my own gardening radio show on community radio!

Get Growing is on at 9am every Saturday on the Student Youth Network (90.7FM in Melbourne and Geelong or at syn.org.au). And hopefully I'll soon have podcasts of the show up on show's page on the SYN website as well. The show is aimed at the station's 12-25 year old audience, with an emphasis on growing vegies and making a garden when you're not a home-owner and you have a tight budget.

It's been a bit of a stressful, steep learning curve, because I only completed my four week radio training course the week before I applied for the show, and then I only had another week or so before the first episode went to air. To add to that, I'm my own producer, panellist, everything, so I push all the buttons and sit alone in a studio with no one to ask questions of when things go wrong! But there haven't been too many long pauses so far, I've had some great guests to interview, and I've had a lot of fun chattering away about what to plant and harvest, budget tips and indigenous food plants.

To answer a couple of questions left in previous comments:

EcoMILF, we planted our beetroots as seedlings in the second week of January.

Katiecrackernuts, after a bit of warrigal greens tasting experimentation I would have to say no, they don't taste like spinach. They are probably closer to silverbeet but a bit less minerally tasting. They actually almost remind me of the taste of potato, but in leafy form. Odd, I know.


  1. Sounds fantastic. When are we going to have the links to the podcasts?
    I'll have to hunt those greens down. They've been tinkering at the back of my head for weeks now.

  2. Still waiting for a podcast.
    Thanks for the congrats. The garden, however, is a sodden mess. I managed to pull out a little onion weed from one plot on Sunday and mulch it to try and retard the onion weed I know is loving all this rain.

  3. PS: Any clues for ridding the lawn of onion weed would be gratefully accepted from your listeners.