October 2018

Organic Gardener puts a spring in your step 

Spring into action with the latest issue of ABC Organic Gardener. Grow a bucketload of food in pots and containers, plant heirloom beans for colour and crunch, and create a perfume garden for sweet summer scents. Plus, cook up a feast with Jamie Oliver, tackle pesky fruit flies head on and go foraging for wild greens.

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

ABC Organic Gardener magazine available online.




fragrant rose petals

heirloom beans

Hot chilli

foraging for wild greens

Make your own beeswax lip balm

Burrata bruschetta

Grow: Contain your excitement

Justin Russell says growing food in pots allows you to move plants in response to weather and conditions, and even produce crops on balconies. Plus, how to make your own potting mix. 

Grow: Not so dry – beans

Linda Cockburn explores the diverse world of beans for drying, including rare varieties she’s hoping gardeners will help save. 

Grow: Year-round hot stuff 

Karen Sutherland explores the world of perennial chillies, from mildly spicy to fire-breathing. 

Grow: Heaven scent

Planting your own perfume garden has sweet rewards, writes Penny Woodward. 

Grow: In love with bees!

The Contented Bee, a terrific new publication from ABC Books and Organic Gardener, includes many lovely stories from backyard beekeepers. Here are a few and a recipe for making your own scented beeswax lip balm. 

Solutions: Fruit fly on the move

Denis Crawford investigates the spread of fruit fly and how home gardeners are vital to its control. 

Action: Spring aromas

Fill your patch with fragrant flowers and edibles for a sweet springtime. 

Foraging: Wild and free

Discover some top wild greens to gather. 

Farming: The good grain

A pioneering rice grower shifts to organic production, writes Nathalie Craig.

Conversation: Carey Gillam 

Simon Webster speaks with investigative journalist Carey Gillam about tackling chemical giant Monsanto and fixing our food system. 

Planet: Monsanto loses Roundup case 

Monsanto has been found to have acted with ‘malice or oppression’ towards a dying man, writes Simon Webster. 

Health: Smooth combination

Nutritionist Arabella Forge explains how to maximise the health benefits of smoothies, juices and ‘bluices’. 

Harvest: Going Italian

Penny Woodward takes us through the in-season produce in her garden, plus spring recipes from Jamie Oliver. 

Poultry: In the club

If you enjoy keeping fowls and want to breed or exhibit, it’s worth joining a poultry club, writes Jessamy Miller.  

Planet: Not so sweet

Kylie McGregor investigates artificial fragrances and the troubling health effects they cause. 



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 shares fruits from foreign fields. 

  • Organic inspiration: Growing up top 

  • Organic advice – our experts answer your gardening questions.

  • Organic library – the latest books.

  • Losing the plot: Flight of fancy. 

  • Subscription offer – Subscribe to Organic Gardener and receive a bonus 2019 Calendar valued at $17.95! 

  • Competition – WIN a 10-book pack valued at $350!   

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