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ABC Organic Gardener Magazine

ABC Organic Gardener Magazine Nr. 116

Organic Gardener Magazine is a guide to organic gardening, providing informative and inspirational stories on everything you need to know to grow your own fruit and vegetables- without the use of harmful chemicals. Each issue includes practical tips and advice from leading organic gardening experts.

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1 min.
in recovery mode

This issue we are all about taking stock of the harsh and frightening summer just gone and getting set for the cool season. We have articles by Dr Tim Entwisle on efforts to save seed and regenerate forests impacted by the summer’s bushfires, and one by Helen McKerral on the practical steps gardeners can take if they have suffered bushfire damage – most importantly, don’t rush in and cut down plants and trees that you think are dead because many are surprisingly resilient and will spring back. As for the cool season, Justin Russell writes that as our climate changes, so do our gardening strategies and techniques. He says the extreme heat of summer, along with unpredictable storms, floods and fires, means the best times to garden are now spring, autumn and…

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A STORMY WINNER International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY) is the world’s premier competition and exhibition specialising in garden, plant, flower and botanical photography. It attracts more than 20,000 entries annually from amateurs and professionals alike. The overall winner of IGPOTY 13 is Albert Ceolan with ‘The Vaia Storm’, a shocking but beautifully composed image showing the destruction of pine forest by storm ‘Vaia’ in the Dolomites in Italy, which felled millions of trees. This year, IGPOTY introduced a new category ‘Plants & Planet’ to stimulate discussion of the current climate emergency. For more winners and photos go to: igpoty.com ABC GARDENERS’ MARKET TURNS 30! The amazing ABC Gardeners’ Market held twice yearly in Adelaide will be celebrating 30 years in April. The event is an institution in the city and includes plant sales,…

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HURRY TO HAMPTON The regional produce, flavours and creative culture of South East Queensland’s high country will be showcased at the 18th Hampton Festival in May. Just 30 minutes drive north of Toowoomba, Hampton is known for fresh regional produce and its artistic enclave. The festival will feature live music, a produce market, art exhibition and over 70 market stalls, food and wine. Visitors can meet regional farmers in the Growers On The Green precinct. WHERE: Chapman Park, Hampton, Qld. Shuttle bus service from Toowoomba and Crows Nest to the festival. WHEN: May 17, 9.30am to 4pm COST: Tickets online $12, at gate $15; children 12 and under free. DETAILS: hamptonfestival.com LIGHT ME UP The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (Melbourne and Cranbourne sites) has an array of top activities and events lined up for autumn, including nature…

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ESPALIERING STONE FRUIT Love the magazine and always look forward to the next instalment. I read an article last year (‘Fruit from the Gods’, Issue 108) that mentions fruit fly as a major pest. We have several stone fruit trees on swales that are regularly massacred – sometimes even when we try netting them. When we succeed and get to eat the fruit, they far surpass anything we can buy for deliciousness! We are considering moving to a fan espalier approach so we can more efficiently net the whole row. I’m wondering if you have any thoughts on books to provide expert guidance on transitioning existing (4-year-old) trees. Is it actually worthwhile trying this for established stone fruit? Craig Church, Kenthurst (Sydney) Hi Craig, Allen Gilbert’s book Espalier is still the best. Fan espaliering is pretty…

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it’s all so natural

THE ORGANIC CHOICE – GOOD FOR YOU AND THE PLANET. Take your best shot When you reach for that hit of caffeine in the morning, you want to make it count – for yourself and the planet. This tasty certified organic coffee in biodegradable Nespresso compatible pods are just the shot you need! Available from republicaorganic.com.au or at Coles for $5 (10 pods). It’s the simple things Crisp and clean in style, this lager is made free from additives and preservatives, using natural ingredients. Brewed using traditional methods by Free Brewing Co, it is unfiltered with a smooth bitterness, subtle aromas and spice that’s derived from a blend of organic pilsner malt and noble hops. From BWS and Dan Murphy’s. For the chocolate lovers Organic Times sweet treats are tasty, kind to the environment, ethically produced,…

2 min.
getting fruity

CLIMATE ZONE KEY: TROPICAL SUBTROPICAL ARID/SEMI-ARID WARM TEMPERATE COLD TEMPERATE NECTARINE ‘FANTASIA’ PRUNUS PERSICA ‘FANTASIA’ A homegrown nectarine eaten from the tree is one of life’s great pleasures. Ripening in February, the prolific fruits have red skins and flavoursome yellow flesh and are conveniently freestone. Nectarines are self-fertile, prefer well-drained soil and take around 2–3 years to fruit. Although deciduous, they are best pruned straight after fruiting, so wounds heal quickly with less chance of fungal disease affecting the tree. If necessary spray for leaf curl in winter with copper spray, alternating yearly with lime sulphur. Brown rot is a problem on ripening fruits and is also treated with certified organic copper spray. Although frost tolerant, a late frost after flowering can wipe out young fruits. Dwarf forms are available. TAMARILLO CYPHOMANDRA BETACEA Tamarillo is a small tree that produces tangy,…