Kim Syrus loves to talk about gardening. He’s been doing it long enough. After six years as a teacher, he yearned for something different.
“I think I looked out of the window more than the kids,” he says. Kim found the change he was after when he married into a horticultural family and started helping out at their rose business. He has the gift of the gab and after studying the world of plants, landed a gig in television as a regular gardening expert on AM Adelaide, The Garden Gurus, and Channel 9’s In the Garden. His latest project is Outdoors Indoors, a new Channel 9 program that hits our screens in May. Filming is in full swing and Kim took some time out to share his gardening tips for summer. As the weather heats up, he says you don’t necessarily have to get dirt beneath your nails or a sweaty brow to enjoy the spoils of a decent garden. There are ways for time-poor people to have the benefits of a garden, minus the toil. There are services out there that connect in with modern life and give you that opportunity.” Like Vital Veggies. “It’s a company that designs and builds your veggie garden,” he says. “They’ll also maintain it if you want. You can come home from work in the evening, open your door, go out and pick whatever is in season and bring it in. They can come on a fortnightly basis and do all the weeding and everything else. They’ll even re-plant it for you. That’s the full gamut.”
Community gardens are another way to get your growing fix if you don’t have the space to grow your own.
“Intrinsically, gardening is one of those basic things people would like to do but are unsure of where to start. My programs are not so much about the high-brow stuff but more about the basics. Even the experienced gardeners like to hear the basic stuff.”
Outdoors Indoors, 4.30pm Sundays on Channel 9.
It’s time to plant
Seeds and seedlings: beans (bush), beetroot, cabbage, carrots, celery, cucumber, lettuce, parsnip, radish, silverbeet, tomatoes, zucchini.
Seedlings only: capsicum, eggplant.
Herbs: basil, dill, lavender, lemon balm, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, sage and thyme.
Seeds and seedlings: beans (bush), beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, cucumber, lettuce, radish, silverbeet, spinach, swedes, turnip, zucchini. Potatoes can also be planted out now.
Seeds and seedlings: broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, silverbeet.
Seedlings: beetroot, brussel sprouts.
Seeds only: broad beans, parsnips, peas, turnip.
It’s also a good time to plant citrus, avocado and olive trees.
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