January/February 2015

Got a taste for the exotic? Then check out the latest issue of ABC Organic Gardener magazine.

Grow your own tropical fruit, plant striking summer squash, solve those pesky passionfruit problems and control mites on chooks. Plus, cool down with water gardens, take a trip to the world’s best botanic gardens with Peter Cundall and try our new year’s detox smoothies.

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Squash Squad


Rob Bauer

Phillip Johnson

Passionate Affair

Grow: The squash squad

Squash may be one of the more underrated vegetables in the patch, but Penny Woodward says in her eyes it’s a winner with its buttery flavours and striking shapes.

Grow: Sprouts step out

It’s time Brussels sprouts stepped out of the shadow of their big brassica brothers and into the culinary spotlight, says Justin Russell.

Grow: A taste for the exotic

Phil Dudman explores some of the more exotic and unusual tropical fruits – from dragonfruit to wax jambu – that can be grown in plenty of places other than the tropics.

Profile: An organic transformation

Simon Webster speaks to Rob Bauer, one of Australia’s biggest organic vegetable producers about how switching to organics brought fertility back to his soil – and saved his life.

Design: A natural flow

In an extract from his latest book, Connected, award-winning landscape designer Phillip Johnson reveals how he loves bringing water and nature into the backyard.

Design: Designing with water

Phillip Johnson shares his practical and inspirational design ideas to help you create your own water garden.

Grow: Passionfruit problem-solver

Despite being a vigorous grower, passionfruit can be plagued with problems, so Phil Dudman steps in with his top growing tips and problem-solving guide.

Action: Action stations

Summer’s here and there’s lots to do in the garden so get stuck in with these timely tips from Phil Dudman and Penny Woodward.

Harvest: Passionate fare

Phil Dudman and Julie Ray bring some passion into the kitchen with the quintessential Aussie summer fruit – passionfruit, of course!

Health: Smooth start

Kick off the new year with a resolution you’ll be happy to keep: healthy and tasty smoothies and cooling treats, writes Jacqueline Forster.

Poultry: Mite control

It’s parasite season, so keep your chooks free of lice and mites with Jessamy Miller’s top bug-busting tips.

Life: Enchanted gardens

Peter Cundall visits public gardens and parks around the globe and reflects on how they have become gathering places that not only lift the spirit but host everything from community festivals to hands-on workshops.

Animal: Pets go organic

Eating a diet that’s free of pesticides and hormones is just as important for our pets as it is for us, writes Kylie McGregor.




Plus all our regular articles…

  • Editor’s letter
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  • Organic matters - the latest news and events.
  • Organic planet - heirlooms take centre stage at US expo.
  • Organic market - ethical gifts that keep on giving.
  • Organic plant - heat-loving plants to grow now.
  • Organic advice - our experts answer your gardening questions.
  • Organic library - the latest books, plus diaries and calendar.
  • Losing the plot: to share the simple joy of gardening with your children requires some seriously sweet tactics, as Simon Webster discovers.
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