Winter 2021

Chooks, trees, peas & more!

Our latest issue is filled with great information about keeping chooks, from how to choose the best breed for your backyard to buying a coop to suit your needs. Our experts also share their tips for growing perfect peas, marvellous mulberries and small natives that will attract birds to your backyard. Plus, a tree special: saving the world's forests; forest bathing; and when it's time to call in an arborist. 

You will have plenty to keep you busy with the latest from OG, whether you are out there in your garden or having a cuppa and a read while staying warm inside!

ABC Organic Gardener magazine is available online.




126 Chestnut by Gap Photos

126 Mulberries by Alamy

126 Corymbia by Helen McKerral

126 Jian Liu's chooks by Kirsten Bresciani

126 Eucalyptus regnans by Alamy

Plant: Going nuts 

Nuts – nutritious and delicious and easy to grow. Helen McKerral suggests four of the best.

Grow: Surprise packages

Whether dwarf or climbing, snow or sugarsnap, Karen Sutherland has a pea to suit your garden and your taste.

Grow: Mighty mulberries

From an early age, Paul West fell in love with the resilient mulberry and its bountiful, juicy and tangy fruit.

Grow: Top native trees

Helen McKerral suggests some small native trees that will fit into most gardens, attracting birds and insects.

Tree care: The kindest cut

A professional arborist may be needed to prune or shape the trees you care for, writes Helen McKerral.

Organic life: Deep forest diving

Peter Wohlleben dives into the benefits of spending time with trees in his new book, The Heartbeat of Trees.

Poultry: My chicken life

Gardener Jian Liu tells of the chooks in her life and what they mean to her, her family and a healthy garden.

Action: Cool endeavours

There’s plenty to keep you busy in your garden this season.

Harvest: A wild time

Chef Analiese Gregory has based the recipes in her new book on the ingredients she finds in the wilds of Tassie.

How-to: Rusty repair

Harriet Birrell (aka Natural Harry) has an ultra-simple and non-toxic tip for removing rust from garden tools.

Seeds: A seed of idea

The idea to start a street seed library in one Tassie town is taking off in the state, writes Penny Woodward.

Call to action: Our life-giving forests

Environmental activist Dr Reese Halter celebrates the carbon-storing, rain-creating and simple majesty of trees.

Planet: Threat to organic seeds

Simon Webster reports on the fight to prevent mandatory spraying of imported seeds with chemical fungicides.

Organic choices: Henhouse shopping

Jessamy Miller assesses a selection of the ready-made chicken coops on the market in Australia.

Beekeeping: More bee magic

Kelly Lees explains the power of propolis.


Plus our regular articles…

  • Editor’s letter 
  • Market: Winter surprises
  • Organic matters: the latest news and events
  • Competition: Your chance to win a chicken tractor worth $829!
  • Losing the plot: Ride on without me – Simon Webster's ride-on mower makes a run for it.
  • Gardening on your ABC: Your ABC local radio and TV gardening guide