Early Spring 2020

There's something for every gardener in our latest issue!

Prep for your best spring garden yet with the latest ABC Organic Gardener magazine, filled with naturally great ideas for you, your garden and the planet!

You'll find stories on cherry tomatoes and growing tomatoes from seed, growing edible climbers from kiwi to passionfruit, and brightening up your garden with snapdragons.

Denis Crawford delves into the fascinating world of native bees and how you can draw them into your garden, while on the food front we visit Palestine to get a taste of the culture and recipes. Plus, how to store carbon in your soil and so help the planet.

ABC Organic Gardener magazine available online.




119 tomatoes by Kirsten Bresciani

119 snapdragons by Alamy

119 Erica Siegel

119 Falastin: Chicken Musakhan by Jenny Zarins

119 Roly Poly Farm

Plant: Spring surprise!  

Karen Sutherland selects some super spring vegies and herbs that you will want to plant now.

Grow: A handful of joy            

Penny Woodward finds the colours of the rainbow with her favourite heirloom cherry tomatoes. Plus, growing tomatoes from seed and top tips.

Grow: Up, up and away!     

Fruiting climbers provide food, lush shade and screening, and are perfect for small gardens, writes Helen McKerral.

Ornamental: High spirits     

Lentil Purbrick tells how to grow stunning snapdragons – there’s one to suit your garden, no matter where you live.

Planet: The carbon eaters        

Linda Cockburn believes gardeners have a crucial job to do storing carbon in their soil and staving off the worst effects of the climate crisis.

Bees: The native buzz

Denis Crawford explores the world of native bees and how you can provide food and homes for these insects.

Action: At the ready           

Early spring is a great time to get cracking with your gardening to-do list and planning so you can make the most of warm-season abundance.

Harvest: Palestinian pantry

A wonderful new cookbook – Falastin – explores the food, stories and culture of Palestine.

Organic farming: Lifting up the land        

A young couple jaded by the world decided to strike out as farmers, writes Leanne Croker, looking for ways to connect to their land and community.

Climate action: Fight for Planet A         

A new ABC documentary tackles the big questions on our climate emergency and offers practical solutions.

Organic planet: Cow story with a twist            

Simon Webster investigates the gene editing of dairy cows and potential dangers of new breeding techniques.

Poultry: Beat the heat         

From insulation to air flow, Jessamy Miller explains how to keep your henhouse cool when the weather heats up.  

Plus all our regular articles…

  • Editor’s letter 
  • Organic matters – the latest news and events

  • Organic market: Homegrown goodness

  • Organic library – the latest books

  • Losing the plot: Simon Webster turns to eating stinging nettles with surprising results

  • Competition – Win a hamper filled with certified organic products, worth $317!

  • Gardening on your ABC – Your ABC local radio and TV gardening guide