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
TINY HOUSES barrelling along • The emerging mega-trend of tiny houses goes under the microscope with EG’s permaculture expert, Bruce Hedge of Newham in central Victoria.
plant and eat your DANDELIONS • Rachel Altenbacher from the mid-north coast in NSW wanders through a small sample of her Autumn farm activities en route to preparations for winter, and reflections on how she’s creating her wonderful lifestyle.
Lulu’s turn • Steven French continues his delightful series of snapshots from his family farm in northern Tasmania.
Heritage, obsession and the art of garden • EG’s multi-talented herbalist, Tanya Jenkyn of Esperance in WA, explains how her plant obsession helps her manage the challenges of the big transfer of garden and family to a new home out of town.
OUR GREENHOUSE JOURNEY • Nev Sweeney from St Clair in NSW takes us on a gentle little journey through the history of his backyard greenhouses, from the tiny and flimsy to the durable and productive.
The Carters don’t cart bins… • Imagine not generating household waste. Sound like a fantasy? Not for this family of five in Hobart. Jo Roberts from northern Tasmania interviews the Carters – who have generously shared their experience in a new book called A Family Guide to Waste-Free Living.*
WASTE-FREE FOOD STORAGE
Celebrating THE WINTER LARDER • EG’s eco-treasure, Jill Redwood of Goongerah in Eat Gippsland runs through a startling list of winter bounty your garden could produce — and which Jill’s actually does.
Gorgeous Guinea fowl • Our long-time chook whisperer, Claire Bickle of Brisbane, looks at the intriguing guinea fowl.
an ancient mélange • EG’S garden chef, Gary Thomas of Daylesford, Victoria – and many other meandering ports of call – adds mouth-watering context to an ancient dish.
ADJAPSANDALI SERVES 4–6
our journey towards SELF SUFFICIENCY • Julie Humphris describes how she and her family woke one day and realised they weren’t living how they wanted. Here, Julie explains what they did about that dreadful error.
GROW UP • Our favourite weekend hippie, Liz Ingham of Yarraville and Clydesdale in Victoria, describes an ingenious vertical garden system that’s perfect for people renting.
Gardening WITH KIDS • With four kids under six, Perth mum and nutritionist, Jessie Kapitola, is perfectly placed to guide us through the finer details of teaching children how to grow food, and how to appreciate eating homegrown produce. We are delighted to begin a regular series in Earth Garden, with Jessie focussing on kids, growing, and healthy food.
CHOOKIPEDIA • Claire Bickle of Brisbane, EG’s resident chook whisperer, answers questions from stumped readers.
let's rock • Rocket is an often-overlooked green that’s perfect for winter gardens. Brydie Piaf from Newcastle ponders playfully with what a yummy rocket dish says about her.
ROCKET & FETTA STROMBOLI
how we got OUR ORANGES • EG’s highly-esteemed co-founder, Keith Smith of Artarmon, NSW explains the history of oranges and how they came to be part of the Australian landscape and diet.
“ Farewell to our solar museum …" • The one-and-only Jackie French, from Majors Creek in NSW describes how she and Bryan have traded in their 1980s horse-and-buggy solar setup for the latest Tesla...