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Earth Garden Summer 2018

EARTH GARDEN is Australia’s original journal of sustainable living for householders seeking a more eco-conscious lifestyle. For more than 40 years the supportive network of Earth Gardeners has been guiding and reflecting the movement away from high- consumption lifestyles.

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2 min

Dear readers, Welcome to the summer issue of Earth Garden. It’s a time of the greatest seasonal upheaval in most of Australia as we prepare for bushfire season, and wonder if our gardens with survive, thrive, or wither in the extremes of summer conditions. In most southern climates, there will be plenty of fresh vegies of all kinds, but there may also be relentless hot winds blowing from the inland, scary bushfires, and the threat of drought as it spreads outwards from NSW and Queensland. We are all adapting our gardening methods to suit the changing climate affecting our own land and homes. No long-time gardener I know gardens the same way they did 30 years ago when we had wetter, milder conditions through southern summers. In the same way we’re adapting to changing…

4 min
earth mail

BAREFOOT HAPPINESS Dear Earth Garden, Just wanting to say how I adore your magazine, linking me with like-minded mind-sets! Loving Jackie French’s outlook on things; her article about being bare-foot in the Winter issue, and today’s peoples simply not touching the earth with their feet, let alone their hands, being a bit of a sad state of affairs. We all have to keep on doing what we do, no matter what the materialistic masses might do. I enjoy being an ‘elegant hippie’, living life truthfully and treading on the earth delicately. It’s a more beautiful way of living, says me! Mary Jakovac, Oakleigh,Victoria. YUM-TIME ROLL UPS Homemade strawberry roll ups to support the farmers and the kids’ lunchboxes! This recipe will make enough for 12 fruit straps. Store in the fridge already cut. Eat…

8 min
on the vine

‘FREE’ SUPERMARKET CUTS FOOD WASTE Food wastage in Australia may be a multi-billion dollar a year problem, but one not-for-profit grocery store in Melbourne’s inner north is doing its bit to prevent produce from going to landfill. The Inconvenience Store, located in Thornbury, is the latest incarnation from the team behind the not-for-profit restaurant Lentil As Anything. Just like the restaurant, the Inconvenience Store is stocked with donated produce that would otherwise be thrown away. “The idea was to make a difference in the food waste crisis,” project coordinator Astrid Ryan said. And just like the restaurant, customers can pay as much or as little as they can or want. “We wanted to provide people access to nutritious fruit and vegetables. When people are in financial crisis or difficult situations, it’s probably the…

4 min
tiny house touring on vegie oil: harry jakamarra

MY DAD told me a story the other day. He recalled when he and mum visited the Kingdom of Mustang, an untouched Himalayan fiefdom. Mustang had only recently opened to the outside world and it was an incredible experience. But, they had to leave four year old me with my grandparents. I was their first child and they felt pretty guilty about being away for four weeks. When they arrived home and came to collect me I was yelping with excitement. Not because I was reunited with my parents. I was jumping up and down in a frenzy of joy . . . about the old fire engine my Grandpa had just bought. I immediately dragged my parents down to the back paddock to show them the red truck. In 2012…

5 min
turmeric the easy way

TURMERIC is a root crop grown to make a colourful spice. It is well known for its health benefits and has been used for centuries. Turmeric has been a popular topic on my Facebook page* over the past months and I have been asked many times how I grow it so I wanted to share how I do it. It’s not hard to grow if you follow some straightforward steps. It can be grown in large pots or in the garden bed quite easily. I have done both and the garden beds always seem to produce better crops. Turmeric is a plant that grows best in a subtropical environment and if you live below Sydney, it will become harder to grow. PREPARATION AND PLANTING Season. In my climate, I prepare soil in September,…

3 min
it’s turkey time

WE ALL love our chooks but how many of you have expanded past the humble chook or two and possibly found yourself keeping ducks and geese, maybe some quail or some bossy, noisy, spotty Guinea fowl? Or have you become a turkey tragic like myself and my partner? Well many moons ago when my husband and I first met and decided to get some more chooks, he already had a few odds and sods; he said:“Let’s get a few turkey poults.” Twenty-two odd years later we are still the proud turkey owners. TALKING TURKEY I have kept just about all types of poultry and none have more character than the turkeys. They are majestic, intelligent birds with an inquisitive nature. If handled correctly they will become very tame and pet-like. Keep in mind…