Early Spring 2022

Practical ideas to help you save!

Get growing, and start saving, with the latest issue of ABC Organic Gardener magazine.

Filled with practical solutions to help futureproof your garden and home, this issue is all about getting thrifty, and how you can save growing your own food. From starting a vegie patch and finding cheaper ways to source materials, to collecting native seeds and composting clothes, thrift is the name of the game when it comes to organic gardening. 

Plus, read about how the pecking order works and what it means when it comes to keeping hens happy, and natural ways to blitz pests and weeds.

ABC Organic Gardener magazine is available at newsagents and online from August 4, 2022.




135 Paul West by David Rogers

135 picking beans by GAP Photos

135 Jembella by Lydia Kalleske

135 worm castings by Jian Liu

135 collecting native seed by Libby Woodward


Plant: Full of flavour

Helen McKerral selects culinary herbs you can plant now.

Grow: Grow and save!

With fresh food prices set to stay high, Paul West looks at the simple savings you can make growing organic food.

Grow: Bursting with beans

Beans are easy and generous plants to grow. Karen Sutherland explains how to do it and what to choose.

Organic living: Abundance at Jembella

Jessamy Miller talks with a couple who grow organic food, raise sheep, pigs and cattle, and breed chooks.

Organic grow: Pile on the peanuts

Peanuts are a rewarding plant to grow: a nutrient dense option with a multitude of uses, writes Linda Cockburn.

Being thrifty: Grow more with less

Here’s Jian Liu’s tips to set up and power your garden using free, locally available materials.

Native plants: Collecting native seeds

You can add to your native plant collection by gathering seeds from your garden. Libby Woodward tells how.

Tool talk: Weed blitz

The best way to beat weeds is to keep them under control, Penny Woodward writes – these tools will help.

Natural solutions: Dealing with aphids

Encouraging beneficial insects is the best way to prevent aphids getting out of control, writes Denis Crawford.

Action: Getting resourceful

Time to save money, save resources and keep pests at bay.

Harvest: Homemade pantry wonders

Fiona Weir Walmsley’s book, From Scratch, focuses on recipes for pantry essentials, such as dips and crackers. 

Being thrifty: Turn clothes to compost

Textile waste is a problem in Australia, Penny Woodward  looks at what we can do to help in the home and garden.

Poultry: Who's the boss

Jessamy Miller looks at the ‘pecking order’, how it works and how to manage your flock. 

Plus our regular articles…

  • Editor’s letter 

  • Organic matters: The latest news and events

  • Market: Spring into gear

  • Competition: Win! 1 of 5 organic wine prize packs from Angove Family Winemakers! Worth $108 each.

  • Losing the plot: Simon Webster finds comfort and tranquility in the rituals of gardening.

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

  • Library: The latest books reviewed