With summer knocking on the garden gate, ABC Organic Gardener preps you for sizzling days ahead. Plant, prune and savour delicious heirloom tomatoes, discover Aussie bush fruits to plant now, and explore the wonders of hemp. Plus, we bring you water-saving tips and slim-line tank designs, heat-loving flowers to plant for summer colour, and two talented winemakers turning organic fruit into award-winning vino!
With all this and much, much more it’s your ideal summer reading!
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Grow: Great times for tomatoes
Pruning and training are key to the success of your tomatoes, explains Karen Sutherland. Penny Woodward introduces some unusual heirlooms to try.
Grow: Pass the parsnips please
Justin Russell turns his green thumb to growing parsnips. Plus he introduces a medieval favourite – skirret.
Grow: Native fruits for the home garden
Julie Weatherhead introduces some amazing edible native fruits that can now be grown and relished around the country.
Grow: The resurgence of hemp
Justin Russell investigates the history of hemp and how this incredibly useful plant was banished for nearly 77 years but is set for a resurgence.
Solutions: Waterwise gardening
Helen McKerral sets out tips and tricks for getting the best out of watering and rainfall for your plants this summer.
Action: Hydration stations
Water is your garden’s lifeline in the sizzling months of summer. So too is the case for wildlife in your garden – keep them well hydrated with water sources dotted around your patch.
Basics: Tanks very much
With summer upon us, Simon Webster investigates water tanks – from water harvesting to installation, their environmental benefits, and the new slimline varieties.
Life: Fruit into wine
Producing fruit and flower wine sans pesticides is what fuels passionate organic vintners Nadia and Francis O’Connell, writes Liz Ginis.
Conversation: Margo White
On the eve of the RTBG’s 200th anniversary, we speak with Margo White, the horticulturalist behind the garden’s hugely successful annual tomato sale.
Harvest: Maximum joy
Matt and Lentil Purbrick from Grown & Gathered want to inspire the sharing of nourishing traditions within our local communities.
Poultry: Lazy layers
We all want lots of gorgeous googies from our girls, but egg production doesn’t always go like clockwork, writes Jessamy Miller.
Community: Growing together
A Victorian community gardening project is drawing refugees from around the world together to counter isolation and unemployment, writes Penny Woodward.
Editor’s letter & Contributors
Organic matters – the latest news and events.
Organic market – latest garden and health products.
Organic plant: Karen Sutherland selects some attractive silver-leaved, drought-tolerant ornamentals.
Organic inspiration: Growing up top
Organic advice – our experts answer your gardening questions.
Organic library – the latest books.
Losing the plot: Matriarchs and merlins.
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