Getting started

Contented chooks.

Tips for contented chooks

August 2022

Who's the boss in your henhouse? Jessamy Miller explains how to stop your hens from being bullied. 

Handy tools for your garden

July 2022

When it comes to small hand tools, such as trowels, Penny Woodward says look for comfort and durability to last you a gardening lifetime.

Growing your own veg is definitely worthwhile.

True cost of growing your own food

June 2022

Back in Issue 99 of OG, Paul West wrote this article under the title 'Getting Pragmatic', looking at the true costs of growing your own food. In 2022, we are all interested in the answer to this question.

Heeling in bare-rooted trees

May 2022

If you have a bunch of bare-rooted trees and can’t plant them quickly, you can do what’s called ‘heeling in’: Penny Woodward explains the process here. Plus, basic tips from Karen Sutherland.

Helen grows her wasabi in an old laundry tub.

Grow your own wasabi

April 2022

Growing wasabi means you have this spicy food flavouring ready to be harvested in your own backyard. 

Look for pots that can be planted into the ground with the seedling.

Seed sowing basics

March 2022

Growing your own seedlings gives you greater diversity and choice in your garden, as well as contributing to the seed saving community that supports the survival of heirloom plants.

Jian Liu's Melbourne garden is a productive space, teeming with life and colour.

Gardening success in Melbourne

November 2021

Jian Liu has gone from a Beijing concrete jungle to a lush Melbourne backyard, where she and her husband have created a wonderful food forest.

Araucana lay unusual green eggs.

Choosing a chook house

June 2021

Life is much richer in this Melbourne household with a few chooks added to the mix – here's some tips Jian Liu learnt about making a home for chickens so everyone is happy.