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ABC Organic Gardener Magazine Essential Guides How To... Issue 5

ABC ORGANIC GARDENER ESSENTIAL GUIDES: The popular Essential Guide series, brings together some of Australia’s best gardening writers in a series of guides. The guides are a comprehensive, must-have for every organic gardener. The 124-page, book-quality magazines will serve as a reference for years to come.

Country:
Australia
Language:
English
Publisher:
Nextmedia Pty Ltd
Frequency:
Back issues only
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1 min.
contributor

Karen Sutherland was born in country Victoria to a family of farmers and gardeners. Growing her own food from a young age, she has a lifetime of experience in horticulture, with the last eight years focusing on edible and useful plants in her business, Edible Eden Design. She has become a regular and valued contributor to Organic Gardener. Karen trained at the Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens and Burnley Horticultural College and has a permaculture design certificate. She continues to learn from her own ‘garden laboratory’ in inner Melbourne, with over 200 edible and useful plants. She loves to write and teach about gardens that connect us with nature and each other. See her story on Agastaches, page 39.…

1 min.
organic awareness month

Although we like to think that every month is organic awareness month at Organic Gardener, this September we are highlighting the contribution organic producers and value-adders make to the certified organic industry as part of the nationwide celebration that is ‘Australian Organic Awareness Month’ We meet North Queensland fruit, vegie and cattle farmers, Gary and Angela Spotswood (page 42), to find out about the certification process, and talk to the owner of the world’s first certified organic fast-food chain, Oliver’s Real Food (page 53), about its innovative farm program. Plus, check out our competition to win a hamper of certified organic goodies (page 74). It’s tomato time again, and we have really gone to town. Penny Woodward got busy exploring the new world of tomatoes (page 22) and found a number of…

3 min.
news

VICTORIAN TREE OF THE YEAR A 65M TALL MOUNTAIN ASH KNOWN AS THE ‘KALATHA GIANT’ AND THOUGHT TO BE AT LEAST 400 YEARS OLD HAS WON THE INAUGURAL VICTORIAN TREE OF THE YEAR AWARD. IT IS LOCATED AT KALATHA CREEK, TOOLANGI. AFTER THE BLACK SATURDAY BUSHFIRES OF 2009, THE TOOLANGI AND CASTELLA COMMUNITY CONSTRUCTED A WALKING TRAIL TO THE TREE – FOR MANY, IT IS A RESILIENT SYMBOL OF BUSHFIRE SURVIVAL. COMING IN SECOND WAS A SNOW GUM AT SUMMIT TRACK, MOUNT STIRLING, AND THIRD, A GROUP OF LEMON-SCENTED GUMS AT THE SWANSTON STREET ROUNDABOUT, CARLTON. THE AWARD WAS LAUNCHED BY THE NATIONAL TRUST OF AUSTRALIA (VICTORIA) TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR THE CONSERVATION OF THE STATE’S NATURAL HERITAGE AND THE VITAL ROLE SIGNIFICANT TREES PLAY. “PEOPLE’S ENCOUNTERS WITH TREES CAN MAKE STORIES COME ALIVE,…

2 min.
sow, feed & weed

feed your plants Healthy plants need healthy soil and the Scotts Pure Organic range has a new slow-release formulation to feed plants for up to three months. Available in granular (Fruit & Citrus, Vegetable & Herb, All-Purpose) and liquid form (Premium Seaweed Plant Food) as well as potting mix, the certified organic range is available from Bunnings stores. Prices start from $13.99. For more information visit scottsaustralia.com.au/pure-organic/range/. seeds to sow plus READER OFFER The Diggers Club has a great range of seeds for spring growing, including the tasty and prolific ‘Ha-ogen’ melon, which is a compact grower making it ideal for smaller gardens. Available for $2.95 for members; $3.95 for nonmembers from diggers.com.au; 03 5984 7900. Also, as a special offer to Organic Gardener readers, The Diggers Club is offering free copies of…

3 min.
herbal display

CLIMATE ZONE KEY: TROPICAL SUBTROPICAL ARID/SEMI-ARID WARM TEMPERATE COLD TEMPERATE BORAGE Borago offcinalis “The leaf of burrage hath an excellent spirit to repress the fuliginous vapour of dusky melancholie.” So wrote Francis Bacon in his posthumous 1627 work, Sylva Sylvarum. At the time, borage was strongly associated with courage, a belief derived from Roman soldiers who would eat the herb before going into battle. Modern science doesn’t support this claim, but it has found that borage seed contains the highest known amount of gamma-lineolic acid, an omega-6 that is also found in evening primrose oil. Seed is impractical to harvest on a small scale, so the better uses for borage are to harvest the pretty blue or white flowers for garnishes and to let the plants gently self-seed in reasonably fertile soil. To get started, plant out seed…

1 min.
it’s a date!

BLOOMING TASMANIA FLOWER AND GARDEN FESTIVAL Includes a big tomato seedling sale. The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens (RTBG) group will send some of their tomato seedlings to sell. When: Sept 24 – 25, 2016 Where: Albert Hall, Launceston. Details: Ph: 03 6257 7583; bloomingtasmania.com.au RTBG TOMATO SEEDLING SALE The sale includes over 100 different tomato cultivars and about 15 different basil cultivars. Because of overcrowding in previous years, a ‘prelude’ sale will be held on the afternoon of October 13. Entrance $10.00. For mainland enthusiasts, mail order 4” pots can be posted out for $10.00 + postage. For details contact Margot White on 0407 833 026; Margot.White@rtbg.tas.gov.au When: Oct 13 & 15. Where: Botanic Gardens, Hobart. Details: Ph: 03 6166 0451; gardens.rtbg.tas.gov.au FESTIVALS IN 2017 Early in 2017, generally in February and March, look out for tomato festivals where you can…