November/december 2018

Organic Gardener sizzles with summertime tips and tricks

With summer knocking on the garden gate, ABC Organic Gardener preps you for sizzling days ahead. Plant, prune and savour delicious heirloom tomatoes, discover Aussie bush fruits to plant now, and explore the wonders of hemp. Plus, we bring you water-saving tips and slim-line tank designs, heat-loving flowers to plant for summer colour, and two talented winemakers turning organic fruit into award-winning vino!

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

ABC Organic Gardener magazine available online.





Russian sage


growing turnips

Indigo blue/black tomato plant



Grow: Great times for tomatoes

Pruning and training are key to the success of your tomatoes, explains Karen Sutherland. Penny Woodward introduces some unusual heirlooms to try.

Grow: Pass the parsnips please

Justin Russell turns his green thumb to growing parsnips. Plus he introduces a medieval favourite – skirret.

Grow: Native fruits for the home garden 

Julie Weatherhead introduces some amazing edible native fruits that can now be grown and relished around the country. 

Grow: The resurgence of hemp

Justin Russell investigates the history of hemp and how this incredibly useful plant was banished for nearly 77 years but is set for a resurgence. 

Solutions: Waterwise gardening

Helen McKerral sets out tips and tricks for getting the best out of watering and rainfall for your plants this summer. 

Action: Hydration stations

Water is your garden's lifeline in the sizzling months of summer. So too is the case for wildlife in your garden – keep them well hydrated with water sources dotted around your patch.

Basics: Tanks very much

With summer upon us, Simon Webster investigates water tanks – from water harvesting to installation, their environmental benefits, and the new slimline varieties. 

Life: Fruit into wine

Producing fruit and flower wine sans pesticides is what fuels passionate organic vintners Nadia and Francis O'Connell, writes Liz Ginis.    

Conversation: Margo White 

On the eve of the RTBG's 200th anniversary, we speak with Margo White, the horticulturalist behind the garden's hugely successful annual tomato sale.

Harvest: Maximum joy

Matt and Lentil Purbrick from Grown & Gathered want to inspire the sharing of nourishing traditions within our local communities. 

Poultry: Lazy layers

We all want lots of gorgeous googies from our girls, but egg production doesn't always go like clockwork, writes Jessamy Miller.  

Community: Growing together

A Victorian community gardening project is drawing refugees from around the world together to counter isolation and unemployment, writes Penny 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: Karen Sutherland selects some attractive silver-leaved, drought-tolerant ornamentals. 

  • Organic inspiration: Growing up top 

  • Organic advice – our experts answer your gardening questions.

  • Organic library – the latest books.

  • Losing the plot: Matriarchs and merlins. 

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