Embrace self-reliance with the latest issue of Organic Gardener!
This issue, ABC Organic Gardener focuses on self-reliance, from growing your own hops and brewing beer to rediscovering the time-honoured arts of hedging and dry stone walling.
Plus, there’s practical advice on growing peaches, broad beans and other pulses, making biochar, preserving your winter harvest for year-round enjoyment, creating a system that turns chook manure into vegies, and planting natives that attract birds to your garden. All this and much, much more!
ABC Organic Gardener magazine available online.
Grow: Peaches to savour
Helen McKerral explores the queen of fruits, peaches (and nectarines), sharing growing advice and varieties.
Grow: Broaden your horizons
Paul West pops the pod on growing broad beans, a tasty and enriching winter crop.
Grow: Finger on the pulse
Justin Russell investigates the world of pulses, from popular varieties to planting, harvesting, storage and cooking advice. Plus a simple growing chart.
Grow: Hop to it
Penny Woodward introduces the aromatic world of hops, including growing advice plus new cultivars for the garden.
Farming: Family farming transformed
Penny Woodward visits a thriving Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm on the Mornington Peninsula, Vic.
Innovation: Burning desire
Simon Webster investigates the progress of biochar research and its many uses
Conversation: Alice Waters
Alecia Wood chats with Alice Waters, chef, slow food pioneer and founder of the Edible Schoolyard Project.
Craft: Ancient crafts reborn
Justin Russell investigates age-old techniques enjoying a renaissance, including dry stone walling and hedging.
Project: A taste of home brew
Max Allen explains the basics of home brewing and what to look for on the shelf if you can’t make your own.
Planet: The fruit squad
A community crop-sharing project is bringing people together and saving thousands of kilograms of fruit.
Harvest: Self preservation
Ferment, pickle and preserve your winter harvest for year-round enjoyment. Julie Ray shows you how.
Action: The big chill
There are jobs galore in the winter garden, from crop planning to frost protection and seed saving.
Basics: The great divide
Want to increase or share your garden’s perennials? Penny Woodward explains how to propagate by root division.
Poultry: Winter in the chookyard
Jessamy Miller shares her top tips for keeping your feathered friends cosy and content during winter.
Poultry: The chook loop
Jessamy Miller explains her ideal setup for running chickens in a productive vegie garden and creating a nutrient loop.
Solutions: Hello birdy
By providing water, nesting havens and protective habitat, it’s possible to create a garden brimming with beautiful birds year-round, writes Libby Woodward.
Plus all our regular articles…
Editor’s letter & Contributors
Organic matters - the latest news and events.
Organic market - latest garden and health products.
Organic plant: Top producers – This awesome foursome of crops will do wonders for your food self-reliance, write Justin Russell and Leonie Shanahan.
Organic advice - our experts answer your gardening questions.
Organic library - the latest books.
Losing the plot: Slitherin' away – It’s a snake-eat-dog-eat-cat world in the wilds of Simon Webster’s Plot Farm.
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