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.
ON THE VINE
50 YEARS OF EARTH GARDEN MAGAZINE • CHOOKS + ORGANICS + SOLAR + HANDMADE HOMES + CULTURE + COMMUNITY
Drought, fires, floods BUT ESILIENCE ENDURES • Tara Luca from Olive Gap Organic Farm* on Bundjalung Country describes the sobering and dramatic scenes from the February northern NSW floods. Her personal story brings it home how many Earth Gardeners have had their lives tipped into turmoil in recent times, by fires, floods and the pandemic.
The hanging gardens • Tanya Jenykn of Esperance in WA – in Kepa Kurl, Wudjari land in Nyungar Boodjar – writes this final time about hanging plants. Tanya explains how indoor gardeners can help you make spaces to slow the maddening rush of everyday life.
BAKED Tempeh DELIGHT • A treasured national leader of the Slow Food movement, garden chef Gary Thomas of Daylesford on Djadjawarrung Country in Central Victoria, has also been a gifted writer and friend of Earth Garden for decades. Here in his 117th and final piece for EG, Gary detours (as he often does) via some recollections to get back to the main game of another stunning, culinary inspiration.
EARTHWORM TUBES • Jessie Kapitola lives with her family in Perth on the land of the Whadjuk Nyoongar people, and here she presents the final part of her educational series for kids showing how they can “be the change” as food waste warriors with in-ground worm tubes. If you know any children who don’t regularly read EG, please show them Jessie’s delightful stories.
CHOOKS 101 FOR SUCCESS • Here is a timely collection of wisdom from EG’s longtime chook guru, Claire Bickle from from Turrbal and Jagera Country in Brisbane. What Claire doesn’t know about chooks . . . well actually, there’s always something new to learn. And that’s part of what makes chook keeping so addictive, and rewarding, and fascinating.
CURD CHEESE it’s a breeze • Curd cheese is the easiest, quickest, and most forgiving cheese to make in the home kitchen. Our wise owl, Jill Redwood on Gunnai Kurnai Country at Goongerah in East Gippsland, explains that if you can get some fresh-squeezed goat or cow milk, and have a lemon tree, you’re set.
Confessions of a weekend hippie THE LAST ONE • After two decades writing to you from her conservation property in central Victoria on on Dja Dja Wurrung Country, Liz Ingham takes you on one last tour of the place and bids farewell at the gate.
REPOSSESSING your financial life • Here is a true, and highly personal, story written by senior Karrajarri and Yawuru Traditional Owner, Trudi Ridge of Broome. Trudi’s powerful story is an inspiration and a beacon of hope.
Elvesgate • Gael and Steve Kennedy are WWOOF hosts operating a truffle business with their extended family in Harolds Cross near Braidwood, on Ngarigo Country in NSW. Here they describe their delightful farming enterprise and how wwwoofing fits in.
Hibiscus HAIR SHAMPOO • Nev Sweeney from St Clair in NSW on Darug Country, goes all home-scientist in a shower experiment with flower-based shampoo.
MORE FOOD, LESS SPACE • Jo Roberts*, who lives in northern Tasmania on Letteremairrener country, has been one of our witty regular writers in recent years. Here Jo looks at the changing trends in growing over the past 50 years, as she teaches us some tips and tricks to get more vegie-bang for our garden-buck.
The lure of homemade candle light • Our luminous treasure, Jackie French lives on Dhurga and Allelluin land of the Yuin nation at Majors Creek in NSW. For...