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
Rye flour SHAMPOO • Jo Roberts from northern Tasmania has moved on from the delightful story about making sauerkraut last issue to another yummy piece about . . . homemade shampoo. Suspend your doubts and read on!
How to wash your hair with rye flour
TINY HOUSE TOURING ON VEGIE OIL: Harry Jakamarra PART TWO • Musician, Harry Jakamarra, tours the country in his tiny house on wheels and pays nothing for diesel because he’s converted his tiny house to run on waste vegie oil. He plays gigs and festivals from North Queensland to Broome, and in this follow-on article, he describes the reality of his amazing, low-impact lifestyle.
ENDURING stewardship achieved • Stephanie and Julian tell here a gentle tale of regeneration and renewal, and of honouring one person’s great vision. It also seems to reflect the long and a honourable tradition of Earth Garden’s place in Australian culture.
MAREMMAS guard chooks • Claire Bickle of Brisbane is EG’s highly-regarded expert on our feathered friends. This issue she looks at the fascinating Italian guard dogs, Maremmas, and their ability to guard chooks.
HOW I LEARNT TO LOVE elephant garlic • Now is a great time to plant elephant garlic. And, like Jill Redwood, of Goongerah in East Gippsland, you may grow to praise its tenacity and value.
While the billy's boiling ... • It’s been a busy few months for our popular permie farmer from the mid-north Coast, NSW. Rachel Altenbacher wanders through a delightful description of community events, chance encounters, and carefully-organised meetings - that all add up to a rich tapestry of self-sufficient community living.
How to dry TURMERIC • Last issue, Andrew Meyles from Hunter Backyard Vegie Growers in Newcastle, NSW, described how he gets great results growing turmeric. This issue he explains in three easy steps how to dry and powder the turmeric for storage.
eco-friendly dairy farming • Tess Sellar is a Victorian food activist turned farmer who describes her beautiful dairy set up to EG’s permaculture expert, Bruce Hedge.
fence with a story or two • Steven French, editor and photo journalist from northern Tasmania, continues his series of delightful musings on critters, objects, and activities from his long-held family farm.
GOOD BYE HARRY* • Earth Garden’s national treasure, Jackie French of Majors Creek in NSW, reflects on life lessons learned from sharing time with Harry.
Cinderella vegie • EG’s garden chef, Gary Thomas of Daylesford in Victoria, wades past the usual reactions to bring the humble turnip into the sunshine to dazzle and delight.
ROESTI & TURNIP SANDWICH • This sandwich is a nice sharing plate for two people at lunch. The French might have it with a glass of semi sweet Moscato.
potted FOOD bridge • Tanya Jenkyn, our resident herbalist, continues her delightful descriptions of building and creating on her family’s new block of land outside their home town of Esperance in WA. Now she’s up to the first harvest on their new land.
LEMONY HERB PEARL COUSCOUS
POSSUM BLACK MAGIC • Weekend hippie, Liz Ingham, of Yarraville in Melbourne, and Clydesdale in the bush, confesses about her 12 volt experiments in lighting up native fauna.
a MEDITATIVE urban hum • Brydie Piaf of Newcastle, NSW, shows us the delightful buzz surrounding the wonderful community work of local...