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Radar's Patch

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About Radar's Patch


Sustainability poster boy Te Radar decided it would be a waste to put his box of eco friendly tricks away in the shed so he's taking his "Off The Radar" skills and is about to throw them at a new project, "Radar's Patch". 

"I have forsaken the country and moved onto the classic kiwi 1/4 acre paradise, to see how that can sustain me. Less cows, more chickens, and theoretically more time to potter about."

Te Radar was given one growing season to weave his magic on an overgrown jumble of suburban weeds. 

His challenge is to create a green backyard - green in the sense of being lush with produce and also sustainably done with recycled materials and organic methods. So how did he view the quarter acre before he started this? "I viewed it as a very sustainable sized of section. Enough room to live and grow and play." And now? "Now I think there is certainly more than enough room to do all of that, and can understand why it was such a desirable acreage."

One big lesson from last series is to listen and learn from those who walk the walk, which in theory means viewers will be looking to take a leaf out of Te Radar's book. So what might this lesson be? 

"Well, that television gardeners who make gardening appear simple may not be telling the truth. Radar's Patch will prove it isn't, and all of those people who felt like somehow TV gardeners were misleading them will breathe a sigh of relief when they see me proving that. They can then go about their gardening merrily growing things that bugs eat and mildew kills. I also learnt it is possible to have too many apple cucumbers."
Thankfully, each week Te Radar visits someone who knows what they are on about and gathers skills to build, brew, fix, cook and create eco gadgets and money-saving stuff so there is expert advice and assistance on all manner of issues and backyard projects.

Tough times are the perfect times to motivate people to focus on recycling and doing things for themselves to create a greener backyard. Even if their eye is more on the back pocket than the earth, it all adds up to a better country to live in. Radar's projects won't be the kind of thing seen in a design magazine but it will be low impact and if you follow his lead, you too can have your own unique patch that will nourish the body and soul without warming the planet.

With Radar's Patch operating from a city base, the projects and changes he makes are the kind anyone with a backyard can do. And having this series confined to a much more managable acreage helps with the workload it also caused Te Radar to consider the living in town versus country condundrum. 

"They both have their pros and cons. I'm a believer that they are not mutually exclusive. Having said that, I missed my cows and pigs and sheep. And there isn't really a lot of need for a tractor in town, even a really small one. Which is a shame."