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. 



peaches to savour

Broad beans

Transition Farm

Bottle of kimchi

Ancient hedging


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.