EARTH GARDEN is Australia’s original journal of sustainable living for householders seeking a more eco-conscious lifestyle. For more than 40 years the supportive network of Earth Gardeners has been guiding and reflecting the movement away from high- consumption lifestyles.
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ON THE VINE
Spellbound BY SUNFLOWER SPROUTS • Permaculture farmer Rachel Altenbacher, from the mid-north coast of NSW, visits Olive Gap Organic Farm to learn more about sunflower sprouts.
a flower BY ANY OTHER NAME • Goodness me. Our highly-esteemed garden chef, Gary Thomas of Daylesford in Victoria, is contemplating growing gladdies instead of vegies. What next?
WHAT’S YOUR BUSHFIRE PLAN? • EG’s living treasure, Jackie French, of Majors Creek in NSW, ponders that age-old conundrum. But today, her answers have changed from previous years.
Guerilla MARKETGARDENING PART 2 • Last issue we read about a small group of enterprising young Melbournites who have started a market garden in suburban backyards. Here Pippa Arnold and Lucille Kelly finish the tale of the Strettle Street market gardeners.
BEDDING why, what, where, which? • Bedding —and what type to choose — can depend on your chook housing, the bedding’s effectiveness, cost, availability and good old preference. EG’s chook guru, Claire Bickle of Brisbane gives us the lowdown.
FINALLY, they are home • Phew. In recent issues Tanya Jenkyn of Esperance in WA has been describing the upheaval of owner-building as she and her family move out of their long-term rented home. It’s done. They’re in.
FERMENTED-FOOD Family • A family dedicated to the delights and benefits of fermented foods. Brydie Piaf of Newcastle, visits them at their kitchen coalface.
garbage to garden PART ONE • EG’s original Extinction Rebellion champion, Jill Redwood of Goongerah in Victoria, starts a series of articles on turning discarded products into useful items for around the garden, yard or farm. Part two will appear in the autumn issue.
OUT, OUT damned plastic • Jo Roberts from northern Tasmania discusses the myriad alternatives to single-use plastics in the kitchen.
Hazelcombe HAPPENINGS • Hazelcombe Farm is an inspiring beacon of sustainable living located in a fertile valley about 50 km east of Mudgee in NSW. Hazelcombe is run by an indefatigable couple, Nicki and Dan Power. Regular readers will know that they have written for Earth Garden over the years. Nikki and Dan power through so many fascinating sustainable living activities in the course of an average year, that we now begin a regular series of snippets from Hazelcombe. For more details about the events at Hazelcombe, visit their website: www.hazelcombefarm.com.au.*
DEEP PIPE IRRIGATOR • Nev Sweeney from St Clair in NSW, describes a clever way to get plant watering to where it’s really needed: right to the deep roots of large shrubs and trees, and well away from surface evaporation.
Missy and babysitting • Steven French continues his delightful series of snapshots from his family farm in northern Tasmania.
from seedling to MILLED SLAB • EG’s permaculture master, Bruce Hedge of Newham in Victoria, describes a project that has just produced some surprisingly good results. All for $139.
Teff ETHIOPIA’S ANCIENT GRAIN • EG’s esteemed co-founder, Keith Smith, Artarmon, NSW, writes about a fascinating grain not many of us know about.
A DIFFERENT VIEW
RUSH RUSH RUSH • “We live in a time where kids are so often rushed,” says EG’s healthy kids columnist Jessie Kapitola of Perth. Here Jessie suggests strategies for anti-rush.
from bug catcher to hatcher • Beth Wyatt...