September 2016

The September issue of Organic Gardener magazine is tree-riffic!

This issue Organic Gardener is talking trees: from backyard planting to global action. Karen Sutherland writes about how to choose the best trees for your garden, knowing that you may only have room for one or two. Dr Reese Halter sets out the stark situation and action needed to protect our global forests. We also have an interview with former Greens leader Bob Brown on the spiritual connection we have with trees. As for vegies and fruit, we have articles on growing beans, juicy celery, nutritious currants, plus  tackling fruit fly, cubby houses and more. So get set for warm season gardening action. 

ABC Organic Gardener magazine available online. 




Crazy for beans

Trees of life

Patch from scratch

Sweet succulents

Currant affairs

fighting for our forests

Grow: Full of beans

Beans are one of Annabel Langbein’s favourite crops, producing a prolific harvest for many months. Plus, clever bean support ideas from teepees to mattress springs.

Grow: Stalk of the town

Celery may not be as difficult to grow as its critics would have us believe, particularly self-blanching cultivars that require minimal intervention, writes Justin Russell.

Grow: Currant affairs

Currants are rich in vitamin C and can be grown anywhere where frosts occur, writes Penny Woodward.

Grow: Trees of life

Karen Sutherland names some of her favourite trees that provide fruit, colour, fragrance and shade.

Trees special: The forest strikes back

Peter Cundall recounts the destruction and then slow natural regeneration of a Tasmanian forest. 

Basics: Back to the roots

Robert Kourik busts some common myths about root growth and how it affects the care of trees.

Harvest: Australian fare

Taste the best that our great wide land has to offer with these delicious dishes from Kelli Brett’s Australia Cooks.

Action: Get set for spring

Spring signals an industrious and rewarding time in the garden with lots to do.

Solutions: Fruit fly

Denis Crawford looks at the hazardous fruit fly and how to deal with it. Plus the helpful damsel bug. 

Planet: Fighting for our Forests

The world’s forests are the lifeblood of Earth, yet their future is threatened, and our existence with it. It’s time to turn back the tide, one tree at a time, writes Dr Reese Halter.

Conversation: Bob Brown

Helen Cushing talks with former Greens leader and senator Bob Brown about his continuing work to save the world’s forests.

Profile: Patch from Scratch revisited

One year down the track, Jacqueline Forster revisits our 'Patch From Scratch' garden makeover winners to find the Gordon family bursting with enthusiasm and success.

Child: Wild things

Whether it’s an elaborate treehouse or a sheet thrown over outdoor furniture, cubbies create sanctuary for children (and adults), writes Jacqueline Forster.

Poultry: Chook Q&A

Jessamy Miller answers common poultry questions and offers some spring tips. 



Plus all our regular articles…

  • Editor’s letter
  • Organic feedback
  • Organic matters - the latest news and events.
  • Organic market - products to help you stay safe and well in the garden.
  • Organic plant - long-lasting edibles and ornamentals to plant now.
  • Organic advice - our experts answer your gardening questions.
  • Organic library - the latest books & CD.
  • Losing the plot: The scoop on poop – alpacas may be tidy with their toilet habits, but don't get lax with their latrines, writes Simon Webster.
  • Competition - WIN a $500 voucher from Forestry Tools plus a canvas teepee worth $385!
  • Subscription offer - Subscribe for your chance to win an Eglu Cube Chicken Coop in pink worth $1199!
  • Gardening on your ABC - Your ABC local radio and TV gardening guide.




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