Radar's Patch premieres on TV One

7:00pm Sunday, April 4 on TV One

Sustainability poster boy Te Radar decided it would be a waste to put his box of eco-friendly skills away in the shed, so he’s taking his Off The Radar skills and is about to put them to good use in TV ONE’s new local show, Radar’s Patch.

“I have forsaken the country and moved onto the classic Kiwi quarter-acre paradise, to see how that can sustain me. Less cows, more chickens, and theoretically more time to potter about,” says Te Radar.

Te Radar is 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, maintained with recycled materials, and using organic methods. So how did he view the quarter acre before he started this? “I viewed it as a very sustainable size of section. Enough room to live and grow and play,” he says.

“Radar’s Patch proves gardening isn’t simple, and all of those people who felt professional gardeners on TV made it look too easy 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,” he says.

Thankfully, each week Te Radar visits someone who knows what they are talking about, and gathers skills to build, brew, fix, cook and create eco-gadgets and money saving items.

Tough times make it the perfect time to motivate people to focus on recycling to create a greener backyard. Even if their eye is more on the back pocket than the earth, its something positive for everyone. Radar’s projects won’t be the kind seen in a design magazine but it will be low impact, and if people follow in his footsteps, they too could have their own unique patch that can nourish the body and soul without warming the planet.

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  • Sheree Harris

    Wow…. brilliant show.  It seemed a 5min show on telly tonight.  I want more.

    Can hardly wait till next week.

    I hope that there will be a DVD……