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Betony flowers

Betony

July 2021

Betony flowers provide nectar for bees, butterflies and beneficial insects explains Penny Woodward

A ripe pepino.

Pepino: a year-round rockmelon

July 2021

Pepinos may prefer to be grown in a warm climate, but Jian Liu has found that in her Melbourne backyard, these melons give a generous taste of the tropics even in winter.

Fighting for our forests

June 2021

Our editor, Steve Payne, lives among the forests of the subtropical Northern Rivers of NSW, an area fought for by protesters in the late '70s – a fight that is still going on in many parts of the world.

Frost on kale leaves

A frosty reception

May 2021

When frost comes creeping into your garden, it can ruin all the hard work you've done in a snap! Helen McKerral suggests ways to combat the chills of winter.

 

Leafy brassicas

Winter fare

May 2021

Penny Woodward describes some unusual and more common edibles for planting now.

Winter savory in flower

Winter savory

May 2021

Spicy, fragrant, warming. This little-known herb is perfect for cool weather meals, writes Penny Woodward.

Eggs contain everything required to support a chick’s development in the shell, which takes effort and resources.

Why is my hen not laying?

May 2021

Jessamy Miller has been writing chook advice for OG for a while now, and one question that often comes up is: why aren't my hens laying? Read on for possible solutions.

Prostanthera rotundifolia

Minty magic

May 2021

Known by gardeners as native mint bush, Prostanthera rotundifolia is a handy plant for semi-shade.

Rosa rugosa rose hips

Rose hips

April 2021

In this bountiful season, Penny Woodward explains, rose hips come into their own.

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