Summer 2021/2022

Helping you bring the organic buzz to your garden!

The latest issue of ABC Organic Gardener is filled with naturally great ideas to help you have a happy and healthy garden (and home) in 2022. Start the new year with all the buzz on attracting bees to your garden: including the best flowers for year-round pollen. Plus, how to introduce kids to bees safely.

Our experts have also written features about growing water plants, ginger and turmeric, cucumbers and avocados – all in your own backyard! 

ABC Organic Gardener magazine is available online.




130 Bees by Karen Sutherland

130 Gympie Gold cucumber by Gap Photos Tim Gainey

130 Avocados by Karen Sutherland

130 Community food co-op by Maja Baska

130 Harvest by Armelle Habib


Plant: Water lovers

Jian Liu introduces some rewarding edible and ornamental water plants.

Grow: Smooth operators

There’s no need to pay for avocados when you can grow them in your own backyard, writes Karen Sutherland.

Grow: Get into the zing

Penny Woodward explores the spicy Zingerberaceae family – think ginger, turmeric and galangal.

Grow: Salad essential

Simon Webster loves his cucumbers and has had bumper harvests over the years. Here are his tips for success.

Bees: Getting the buzz

Karen Sutherland reveals the best flowering plants and other essentials to support bees in your garden.

Bees: Kids and beekeeping

Kelly Lees explains how to gently nurture a child’s interest in bees and beekeeping.

Basics: A cut above

Penny Woodward looks at the best hand tools for cutting, trimming, lopping and shaping.

Natural solutions: Out damned spot!

Denis Crawford looks at target spot and tomato russet mite, two of the culprits that can ruin a tomato crop.

Action: Bring in the bees

There’s heaps to do in the summer garden, including encouraging bees to visit and stay.

Planet: The toxic mulch effect

Simon Webster and Penny Woodward reveal how agricultural chemicals can affect compost and manures.

Harvest: The joy of living

In her new book, Home, Stephanie Alexander shares recipes and recollections from her 50-year career.

Organic living: Giving a community more than food

Community owned food co-operatives offer an ethical alternative to grocery giants, but what makes them work? Jacqueline Forster takes a look.

Nature: Lure of the wild

An excerpt from the award-winning Diary of a Young Naturalist gives a taste of 15-year-old Dara McAnulty’s interactions with nature in Northern Ireland.

Organic skincare: Stay fresh!

Beat the heat (and avoid plastic waste) with this recipe for a non-toxic deodorant from Natural Harry.  

Plus our regular articles…

  • Editor’s letter 
  • Organic matters: The latest news and events
  • Market: Summer fun
  • Competition: Your chance to win a raised wicking bed from Vegepod worth $520!
  • Losing the plot: Simon Webster says his life with chickens has been an "action-packed adventure".
  • Gardening on your ABC: Your ABC local radio and TV gardening guide
  • Library: The latest books reviewed