July/August 2017

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. 

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peaches to savour

Broad beans

Transition Farm

Bottle of kimchi

Ancient hedging

Hops

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 feedback

  • 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. 

  • Subscription offer - Subscribe to Organic Gardener magazine and go into the draw to win one of 100 Rubadub Heal & Protect Gardening Balms worth $19.95 each!     

  • Competition - WIN one of three Bokashi composting packs worth more than $180 each!       

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

 


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