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ABC Organic Gardener Magazine

Issue 128 - Spring 2021

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.

Country:
Australia
Language:
English
Publisher:
Nextmedia Pty Ltd
Frequency:
Bimonthly
$6(Incl. tax)
$39.99(Incl. tax)
8 Issues

in this issue

2 min
gardeners unite!

Like so many Organic Gardener readers I worry – and at times despair – about the damage we are doing to our planet. I trained in botany and zoology and have a strong connection to the natural world, in particular our unique and diverse flora and fauna, which is disappearing due to climate change. Like so many of you, I have lobbied politicians, installed solar, demonstrated, and worked hard with my family to reduce our consumption in every possible way. But with the recent ‘code red for humanity’ from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) clearly stating humans are causing rapid and potentially catastrophic changes to the climate, it just doesn’t feel like I’m doing enough. I’ve felt for a long time that if gardeners banded together we…

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3 min
mail

HOT TOMATOES Considering the increasingly hot weather, we would like to know which varieties of tomatoes are more tolerant of heat waves. During a recent summer with some days 35°C and over, heat stress affected our Marmande and Black Russian tomatoes, although the Brandy Wine, Gross Lisse, Cherry and Black Krim’s all seemed to cope. We also appreciate that OG provides a forum to discuss the effects of climate change on the home gardener and how to address it. Daniel and Sonia Barron, North Canberra (ACT) Hi Daniel and Sonia, Thanks for the info on ‘Brandywine’, ‘Grosse Lisse’ etc doing well. Research says that many of the smaller cherry fruited tomatoes cope better with extremes of heat and cold. Others with better heat-tolerance include: ‘Arkansas Traveller’ (heat and humidity), ‘Black from Tula’, Cherry ‘Yellow…

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3 min
news

AWARD-WINNING TOMATOES Heirloom tomato grower Cheryl McGaffin – whose tomatoes are featured on our cover – has won the Unearthed Next-Gen Producer prize in the 2021 delicious. Harvey Norman Produce Awards. Cheryl grows her 180 tomato varieties (and counting) for locals, chefs and restaurants on the Mornington Peninsula and in Melbourne. The work Cheryl does with her soil and her growing and breeding techniques create tomatoes with a fantastic combination of colour, texture and flavour. You can read more about her tomatoes and organic growing methods on page 20. Organic and sustainable producers were winners in numerous categories at the awards, which celebrate the best of the best from around the country, including: OUTSTANDING FARMERS’ MARKET: Willunga Farmers Market (SA) OUTSTANDING VITICULTURIST: Vanya Cullen, Cullen Wines (WA) MAGGIE BEER AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO AUSTRALIAN FOOD:…

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2 min
the best of your

TALKING FROM THE HEART Paul Barclay is a Walkley Award winning journalist and broadcaster who hosts ABC Radio National’s Big Ideas, which as Paul describes it, is a sanctuary from a media landscape that is increasingly full of ‘shouty’ polemic commentary, sound bites and the 24-hour news cycle. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT THE SHOW? We present long, thoughtful, and sometimes unusual, talks and conversations on topics from physics to architecture, artificial intelligence to psychology, politics and philosophy, and everything in between. An Oxford University philosophy graduate, who went on to become a world leading brain surgeon, once told me that after more than 30 years staring at, probing, and cutting into the human brain, he was none the wiser about the mysteries of consciousness. Every time I sit down and talk…

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1 min
gardening on your local abc radio

NSW ABC RADIO SYDNEY SATURDAY 9AM ABC RADIO CENTRAL COAST SATURDAY 9AM ABC CENTRAL WEST SATURDAY 8.30AM ABC ILLAWARRA SATURDAY 8.30AM ABC MID NORTH COAST & ABC COFFS COAST SATURDAY 9.30AM, THURSDAY 9.30AM ABC NEWCASTLE SATURDAY 8.30AM ABC NEW ENGLAND NORTH WEST SATURDAY 8.30AM THURSDAY 9.30AM ABC NORTH COAST SATURDAY 8.30AM ABC RIVERINA SATURDAY 8.30AM ABC SOUTH EAST WEDNESDAY 10AM SATURDAY 9AM ABC WESTERN PLAINS THURSDAY 9.35AM, FORTNIGHTLY SATURDAY 8.30AM WA ABC RADIO PERTH, ABC GREAT SOUTHERN, ABC SOUTH WEST, ABC GOLDFIELDS ESPERANCE ABC KIMBERLEY, ABC PILBARA, ABC MIDWEST AND WHEATBELT TUESDAY 2.15PM SATURDAY 9.05AM NT ABC DARWIN & ABC KATHERINE SATURDAY 9AM ABC ALICE SPRINGS & ABC TENNANT CREEK SATURDAY 8.30AM QLD ABC RADIO BRISBANE SATURDAY 6AM ABC GOLD COAST SATURDAY 6AM ABC SUNSHINE COAST THURSDAY 10.30AM SATURDAY 8.30AM ABC SOUTHERN QUEENSLAND SATURDAY 9AM ABC NORTH QUEENSLAND FRIDAY 10AM ABC TROPICAL NORTH, ABC CAPRICORNIA, ABC WIDE BAY, ABC NORTH WEST QLD, ABC WESTERN QLD FRIDAY 10AM ABC FAR NORTH FRIDAY 10AM SATURDAY 8.30AM SA ABC RADIO ADELAIDE, ABC NORTH & WEST, ABC EYRE PENINSULA, ABC SOUTH EAST SA SATURDAY…

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2 min
sowing great ideas

Bonus gardening guide! The 2021 Diggers Club Heirloom Seed Annual is here – and all us gardeners are excited! With 84 pages packed with seeds, plants, tips and techniques for the garden, the annual is a handy sowing and growing reference guide for any gardener, newbies and old hands. Usually available for Diggers’ members only, ABC Organic Gardener readers can get a free printed copy of the annual when they email info@diggers.com.au and reference ‘Organic Gardener’. For more information visit: diggers.com.au. Beautiful basil Sow some basil seeds from Southern Harvest and grow a tasty companion plant alongside your tomatoes. Sam from Southern Harvest says their favourites are the Italian basil ‘Genova’ for its flavour (often an ingredient in pesto) and the way it can handle cooler nights, along with ‘Aromatto’, a spicy yet…

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