A Tour of Trevor’s Garden

Episode: 7
Title: A Tour of Trevor’s Garden
Broadcast: April 13, 2019
Presenter: Trevor Cochrane

Ever wondered what the professional’s like to grow in their garden? Join Trevor as he takes us on a tour of his backyard.

  • Quince, a relative of the pear, is a deciduous tree that produces a tough, stringy and slightly tart fruit. The fruit needs to be stewed, cooked, poached or slowly simmered for the taste to be appreciated. Quine jams and pastes are very popular on the cheese platter.
  • Quince trees love full sun and a good rich soil with plenty of organic matter. A feed once or twice a year with compost, aged manure or blood and bone will keep it very happy.
  • The aquaponics system can grow a variety of table fish, crustaceans and mollusks.
  • Nothing is wasted with this system. The water is circulated through, feeding plants that suck up the fish waste and nutrients, filtering the water before returning back to the pond.
  • Babaco is a compact and high yielding papaya native to Ecuador. Its fruit is yellow when ripe and the flavour is described as a cross between strawberry, papaya and pineapple.
  • Babaco thrives in a mild, fairly humid climate and needs full sun. It doesn’t like frost and needs some protection from the wind.
  • Tamarillo, or Tree Tomato, is a fast-growing evergreen with egg-shaped fruit that are red or yellow in colour. It comes from the same family as capsicum, potatoes, eggplant and tomatoes.
  • Tamarillo likes a rich, moist, well-drained soil and requires a good mulch due to its shallow roots. They can grow to 5m tall and will live for up to 12 years.