May-June 2016

Let the latest issue of Organic Gardener magazine take your breath away.

Stroll through Mickey Robertson’s dreamy kitchen garden, discover the secrets to growing and cooking artichokes with Annabel Langbein, let Peter Cundall show you how to grow spinach, and learn about year-round lemon care and mandarins with Justin Russell.

Plus, there’s pretty violets to plant and eat, cool-season gardening jobs to do now, and recipes for old-fashioned quince and a home-made chook peck block.

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Grow: Sweet as can be

Justin Russell reveals the keys to growing top-notch mandarins – what he calls the “basket fillers” of the citrus world.

Grow: Lemons – season by season

Want to keep your lemons healthy year-round? Justin Russell offers his tried-and-tested seasonal advice for zesty fruit.

Grow: The gourmet’s thistle

Artichokes make a dramatic and stunning addition to the kitchen garden, a “gourmet’s treasure that masquerades as a thistle”, writes Annabel Langbein.

Grow: The spin on spinach

Peter Cundall describes spinach as the perfect winter plant – it’s delicious, easy to grow and thrives in cold conditions.

Profile: The making of a garden

Former city girl and interior designer Mickey Robertson has designed and created an inspiring garden that is beautiful and bountiful.

Ornamental: Violets – not so shrinking!

Brighten up a winter garden with violets that are striking and scented – anything but shrinking, writes Karen Sutherland.

Planet: Meat – to eat, or not to eat?

Marc Llewellyn weighs up the pros and cons of eating meat – both for the planet and people.

Project: DIY cold frame

Justin Russell’s step-by-step guide to building a cold frame to protect plants from frost and extend your growing season.

Harvest: Quince charming

Quince magically transforms from bitter and hard when raw to fragrant and delicious when cooked. Julie Ray and Phil Dudman reveal its secrets.

Conversation: Tim Flannery

Lis Bastian meets Climate Council Chief Councillor and internationally renowned scientist and conservationist Tim Flannery.

Action: Building resilience

Timely jobs from our experts including seed saving, how to ensure your garden is climate resilient and tips for planting citrus trees.

Poultry: Boredom busters

Stop your chooks from developing bad habits with these engaging and entertaining ideas from Jessamy Miller.

Solutions: Doing the pH test

The pH level of your soil is crucial to nutrient uptake and healthy plants, writes Penny Woodward. Plus Denis Crawford looks at ground beetles.

Plus all our regular articles…

  • Editor’s letter
  • Organic feedback
  • Organic matters - the latest news and events.
  • Organic market - hard-working products for winter gardening.
  • Organic plant - top-performing fruits to plant now.
  • Organic advice - our experts answer your gardening questions.
  • Organic library - the latest books.
  • Organic tale - Water torture; Simon Webster goes in search of things that go drip in the night.
  • Competition - WIN one of five Yates garden packs worth $100 each!
  • Subscription offer - Subscribe to Organic Gardener magazine for your chance to WIN a Farmhouse Direct hamper worth $160!
  • Gardening on your ABC - Your ABC local radio and TV gardening guide.





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