January/February 2018

Relax into summer with the latest issue of Organic Gardener!

The heat is on in the latest issue of Organic Gardener magazine. Peter Cundall shows you how to tackle pests in your summer orchard, and there’s practical advice on growing perfect pickling cucumbers and planting heat-tolerant lettuces for colour and crunch. Plus, we investigate liquid fertilisers, regenerative agriculture and global plans to beat climate change, and look into growing your own food – it’ll save you a packet!

With all this and much, much more it's your ideal summer reading!

ABC Organic Gardener magazine available online. 



Assorted lettuce

pickling cucumbers

Californian poppies

Fig salad

Grow your own and save a packet

Losing the plot

Grow: Lettuce entertain you

Summer salads sing with the inclusion of tasty, homegrown lettuce. Helen McKerral shares the best heat-tolerant varieties, plus planting, growing and seed-saving tips.    

Grow: On fruit patrol

There can be some nasty pest and disease surprises in the summer orchard, but Peter Cundall is out and about and at the ready with his trusted control methods.   

Grow: All bottled up

Cucumbers are not just salad extras. Give them a starring role as pickles and make use of this immensely productive crop, writes Justin Russell.  

Farming: Regenerative agriculture

Author and farmer Charles Massy OAM tells how regenerative agriculture can repair the land, and we visit a station in remote WA that’s testament to its success. 

Life: Getting pragmatic

Is all the time, effort and cost of growing your own food worth it? Paul West gives an emphatic yes, but says there are ways to save on costs and maximise the benefits. 

Action: Beat the summer heat 

Don’t let sizzling temperatures steal your plant’s spirit; try these seasonal tips for sustained garden success. 

Solutions: Liquid gold

Penny Woodward investigates the ever-expanding range of liquid fertilisers, from seaweed extracts to home-made manure teas to find out what works best and where.

Planet: Plan A – Saving planet earth

How do we save Earth’s life-support systems and ourselves in the process? Dr Reese Halter reports.

Planet: Positive shock

Simon Webster looks at key green innovations that will help individuals radically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  

Harvest: Great taste, no waste 

Put your summer abundance to good use with recipes from master preservers Alex Elliott-Howery and Sabine Spindler. 

Community garden: Melton your heart

Karen Sutherland visits an Indigenous powerhouse of plants and knowledge in Victoria. 

Basic: Get out and get shredding

Shredders can be invaluable. Penny Woodward reports. 

Poultry: Hybrid hens

Jessamy Miller explores hybrid chooks. 








Plus all our regular articles…

  • Editor’s letter & Contributors

  • Organic feedback

  • Organic matters – the latest news and events.

  • Organic market – latest garden and health products. 

  • Organic plant: Plant these drought-tolerant groundcovers for a riot of summer colour, writes Karen Sutherland.   

  • Organic advice – our experts answer your gardening questions.

  • Organic library – the latest books.

  • Losing the plot: The more land, the more ambitious Simon Webster's gardening vision became.  

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