Early Winter 2021

Now's the time to sow and grow!

We've filled this issue with naturally great ideas to get your cool season garden growing. Learn all about growing spinach, rosemary and quinces (an aromatic fruit that deserves a place in every productive garden). Roses are a favourite here at OG, so we share a few of the old-fashioned aromatic roses that you can plant now. And if you’re dreaming of turning your backyard into a food forest, you’ll find inspiration right here! 

For new gardeners (and those seeking a refresher), there’s an article on the key points to consider when planning a new or expanded garden. Also, a glossary of common terms used in organic gardening so the articles and advice will make a bit more sense.

ABC Organic Gardener magazine is available online.




125 rose by Gap Photos

125 Quinces by Helen McKerral

125 Lizanne Obersky at Jane Street Community Farm

125 Pear, Walnut and Nutmeg cake by Sophie Hansen

125 Bees by Kelly Lees

Plant: Rose aromas

Eliza Henry-Jones shares her passion for old-fashioned aromatic roses – plus her favourites, ready to plant now.

Grow: Powerhouse spinach

Spinach is a no-fuss cool season crop that packs a powerful nutritional punch, writes Helen McKerral.

Grow: Ugly duckling to swan

Quince are an aromatic fruit that deserve a starring place in every productive garden, writes Helen McKerral.

Grow: Remarkable rosemary

Rosemary is an incredibly versatile and beautiful plant. It attracts birds and insects, lifts the spirits if drunk as a tea, flavours food, and more, writes Penny Woodward.

Community gardening

Jodie Lea Martire goes behind the boom in community and guerrilla gardening in Brisbane during COVID and learns how gardening of all kinds became a refuge for many.

Basics: Your living pantry

Leonie Shanahan sets out the basics of setting up a new garden – no need to wait as now is a good time to start! 

Basics: Know your stuff

Penny Woodward sets out a simple glossary of common gardening terms to help novice gardeners learn what’s what – and as a refresher for others.

Action: Cool change

Now is the perfect time to plant an array of veg and herbs. 

Organic life: Journey to abundance

Jian Liu has gone from a Beijing concrete jungle to a lush backyard food forest in Melbourne.

Harvest: Good times together

Sophie Hansen is back with a new book, In Good Company, filled with recipes and ideas for sharing with friends.

Wine: The taste of Ngeringa

Max Allen visits a biodynamic property in SA where the wine and cider are made with as few additions as possible.

Organic living: Clean operator

Harriet Birrell’s tips for making your own home and personal care products. This issue: dishwashing soap.

Poultry: Mix and mash

Jessamy Miller’s tips for making your own poultry feed and a yummy winter mash.

Beekeeping: Cool bees

Autumn is a great time to check out what’s happening in your hive and make sure your bees survive winter.


Plus our regular articles…

  • Editor’s letter 
  • Market: Growing success
  • Organic matters: the latest news and events
  • Competition: Win one of 10 mushroom kits worth $29 each!
  • Losing the plot: From the heavens – Simon Webster explains the miracle of his lush garden and automatic watering system.
  • Gardening on your ABC: Your ABC local radio and TV gardening guide