Tino Carnevale

About Tino Carnevale

Born and bred in Tasmania, Tino's lifelong interest in plants and gardening stems from growing up on his family's small vineyard and olive grove. He studied landscape design at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and has an Associate Diploma in Horticulture. As well as being a presenter on Gardening Australia TV, Tino teaches gardening skills to both adults and children, is part of the The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program and patron of the Tasmanian Weed Society.

10 homely remedies for your garden

In my student days when, to be quite frank, I was dirt poor I was always on the lookout for ways of gardening that were not just cheap but free, I used to really enjoy researching old garden lore and I treasure the information that I learnt through that part of my study. One thing in particular it taught me was that there are many things in and around the house that are famous for one job but can be used in the garden for many others. Continue reading


When I was a child my perception of spring through stories told to me, was of a season of renewal and abundance. The renewal part I’m fine with but as for the abundance part I suppose it is all a matter of perspective. There is certainly an abundance of work to do! Don’t get me wrong, the colours of spring are seriously amazing but I’m not too keen on eating magnolia flower soup or plum blossom butties. Continue reading

The Big Chill – frost protection

It’s easy for me to romanticise childhood memories of the crunch of frozen earth underfoot on frosty mornings. Walking out into the overwhelming stillness on the way to collect firewood from across the paddock was like entering a suspended landscape. The reality of course is that it was far from my favourite part of the day and I regularly tried to palm the chore off on my siblings, with little success. Continue reading

Meet the locals

First impressions may not be everything but a good one certainly goes a long way. At first glance the front section of our new property resembled a disused industrial site, which to be honest is not my favourite gardening style. To rehabilitate this site and transform it into a native garden was going to be hard slog. Continue reading

Educating Tino

My mother was a teacher but I never saw myself in that role, I suppose I always enjoyed the part of student too much.  Don’t get me wrong, I pass on information freely but it’s always been on equal terms. So it was a complete surprise when I applied for and accepted a job taking garden classes at a local Primary school. Continue reading

The pioneer crops – tomatoes

Herbs are where I advise all aspiring tucker gardeners to start with because they are relatively easy to care for but are very productive and are great launching pad into the world of edible gardening. Oddly enough, nearly all of them when asked what crop they would like to grow next, answer tomatoes. Continue reading

Pioneer crops – growing potatoes

I saw my first year in the patch primarily as an exciting experiment rather than an exercise in conventional food production. It was more an opportunity to see what my garden could do and to see what types of crops would perform the best. It was also the perfect chance to trial different gardening techniques to my heart’s content, as well as test my budgeting skills. Because this was the very first garden which I could pretty much do anything to, I thought I could perhaps grow a bit as a gardener as well. Continue reading

The once and future patch

`The greatest art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land’ said George Washington. With this lofty ideal in mind I set about transforming around 280 square metres of garden into our own grocery store. Continue reading

Garden map fever

I suppose one lesson I have learnt from gardening is that life is easier when you have the right tool for the job. For example a group of easily bribed mates with shovels and picks can do in a day what a digger can do in thirty minutes. When you construct a garden for a client all the costs are covered but when working on your own garden you can fall into the trap of wanting to do everything for free. This often involves lots of hard labour on your behalf, but one thing that I have been forced to consider as I get older is that damaged bodies can also be expensive. There comes a point in any job when you have to cut your losses and bring in the big guns. Continue reading


I would never be so bold as to try and define what gardening means to people. Its meaning is as diverse and curious as the people who practice it. My favourite take on it is that horticulture is the science yet gardening is the art. Continue reading