October 2017

Spring into October with the latest issue of Organic Gardener!

There’s no better time to get into the garden than spring! In the latest issue of Organic Gardener magazine Peter Cundall shows you how to improve your soil naturally using animal and green manures, seaweed and compost, and there’s practical advice on biodynamic gardening and raising your own seedlings.

Plus Annabel Langbein grows, harvests and uses pomegranates, we savour flavoursome eggplants, introduce family-friendly chooks and encourage you to become a pest detective in the garden. All this and much, much more!

ABC Organic Gardener magazine available online. 





Peter Cundall

biodynamic carrots

Family friendly chooks

Pest detective

Grow: Ripe for the picking 

Annabel Langbein shares her knowledge of growing, harvesting and using the treasured fruit of the pomegranate tree.   

Grow: Eggplants aplenty

Nutrient dense and full of flavour, eggplants are no longer the dark horse of the nightshade family. Justin Russell tells how to grow and nurture them.  

Soil: Natural soil enrichment

From animal and green manures to seaweed and compost, Peter Cundall shows you how to improve your soil naturally.  

Design: Backyard biodynamics

For organic gardeners it’s not a big stretch to step into the world of biodynamics, writes Janet Barker. Here she investigates the basic principles and guides you through a year in the garden. 

Ornamental: Euphoric Euphorbias!

Stephen Ryan introduces a diverse, beautiful and drought-proof family of plants. 

Basics: DIY seedlings 

Justin Russell explains how to raise your own seedlings, including setting up a nursery, making a seedling mix and planting out – and why you'll save a bundle in the process. 

Action: The spring surge

There are jobs galore in the spring garden, and warmer weather makes it the best place to be! 

Community gardens: Pioneering garden turns 40

Nunawading Community Gardens celebrate 40 years of growing, writes founding member Margaret Rackham.

Poultry: Fantastic family fowls

Jessamy Miller reveals which breeds are best for your children and family and their many benefits, plus tips on taming. 

Solutions: Become a garden detective 

Super sleuth Denis Crawford shares his tips for Integrated Pest Management: monitoring, identifying and managing the good and bad bugs in your garden.  

Harvest: Fire starter

Chef and adventurer Sarah Glover shares her love (and secrets) of the great outdoors, cooking with fire, and recipes. 

Conversation: Tim Entwisle

Penny Woodward meets Professor Tim Entwisle, Director and chief executive of the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. 

Action: Spring in your step

Warmer weather is around the corner so let’s get into the garden and reap the rewards!






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: Colour me happy – Plant old-fashioned flowers for guaranteed smiles, writes Penny Woodward.   

  • Organic advice – our experts answer your gardening questions.

  • Organic library – the latest books.

  • Losing the plot: Pure escapism – The grass is always greener on Plot Farm, especially for city slickers, writes Simon Webster. 

  • Subscription offer – Subscribe to Organic Gardener magazine and receive a bonus Organic Gardener 2018 Calendar valued at $15.95!   

  • Competition – WIN one of five Holman garden packs valued at $158 each! 

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