March/April 2019 | Organic Gardener Magazine Australia


Why not try your hand at growing apples – no matter what climate or space you have, there are cultivars to suit. Also, we explain how to produce gourmet shiitake mushrooms at home. Plus, a look at the organic wine industry, and how an organic diet may reduce the risk of cancer.

With all this and much, much more to get excited about!

ABC Organic Gardener magazine available online.




Grow: Make room for apples

Helen McKerral introduces the best cultivars and techniques for growing apples in small spaces – from balconies to backyards – and even in warm climates.

Planet: Farming in Afghanisation

Traditional, low-tech farming remains strong in Afghanistan despite the ravages of war and drought, writes Mahdi Housaini.

Grow: Super-charged celeriac

Penny Woodward explores the resurgence of flavoursome, versatile celeriac.

Grow: Find your shiitake sweet spot

Kirsten Bradley explains how to produce your own supply of delicious shiitake mushrooms.

Solutions: Ants – Friends or foes?

Denis Crawford looks at the beneficial role ants play in ecosystems, but some species can also do some damage, especially invasive ones.

Beekeeping: Get the native buzz

Paul West explains how to bring more native bees into your life and garden by encouraging their natural habitats.

Poultry: A turkey tale

Jessamy Miller, tells of the pleasures and pitfalls of raising baby turkeys.

Action: Keeping pests at bay

Our team of experts look at jobs for autumn.

Health: Avoiding the big c

Simon Webster investigates if an organic diet will help you avoid cancer.

Planet: Monsanto’s secrets unravel

As legal and regulatory threats mount against chemical giant Monsanto, environmental journalist Carey Gillam investigates how its decades of assertions that glyphosate is harmless have been undone.

Conversation: David Ritter

Simon Webster talks to Greenpeace Australia Pacific CEO David Ritter about hope and resilience in the face of huge environmental challenges.

Wine: Heard it through the grapevine

Max Allen surveys the continuing rise of organic, biodynamic and natural wines, profiling three wineries.

Harvest: Crazy for carrots

Julie Ray dishes up a carrot extravaganza – roasted carrot, lentil and feta salad, and carrot and almond cake.

Life: A clean start

Jessamy Miller opens the door of her green-cleaning cupboard full of homemade products and recipes.



  • Editor’s letter & Contributors

  • Organic feedback

  • Organic matters – the latest news and events.

  • Organic market – latest chemical-free products. 

  • Organic plant: Penny Woodward selects some plants that heal and clean.

  • Organic advice – our experts answer your gardening questions.

  • Organic library – the latest books.

  • Losing the plot: The cattle grid is the only thing between the alpacas and total mayhem.

  • Competition – WIN one of 5 Neta retractable hose reels.

  • Gardening on your ABC – Your ABC local radio and TV gardening guide.







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