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Good Organic Gardening

Good Organic Gardening

Issue #11.2 - 2020

Gardening with goodness at its heart — fresh, organic and fun. This magazine is 100% real. We are unashamedly earthy, reflecting the spirit and culture of people who just love to get their hands dirty. Our emphasis is on productive gardening. We just love the satisfaction of growing your own and finding new ways to bring produce to the table. The magazine includes features such as Amazing Gardens, Celebrity Chefs, Celebrity Gardeners, Clever Crops, Flavours of the month, Garden solutions, Kids Corner, Living Organics, Weekend Gardening, What’s New and a guide to What’s on Where. Purchase includes the Digital Edition and News Service. Please stay in touch via our Facebook Page.

Country:
Australia
Language:
English
Publisher:
Universal Wellbeing PTY Limited
Frequency:
Bimonthly
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2 min.
this issue

At the time of going to print the whole world was in the midst of coronavirus turmoil and none of us knew what the future held. One thing a lot of us did for comfort and normality was to spend more time in our gardens. Even better, if the stripped-bare seedling sections of nurseries were anything to go by, a lot of people were trying their hand at growing food for the first time. As lucky as we are to produce so much of our own food in this country, there’s nothing like the shutdown response to a global pandemic to suddenly put food security uppermost in people’s minds. And that can only be a good thing. Food security should be an ongoing concern. Definitely without the panicking, though. If your interest…

1 min.
well-travelled weevil

Common name: Botany Bay weevil Scientific name: Chrysolopus spectabilis The Botany Bay weevil doesn’t know it but it enjoys a unique place in Australian scientific history. A specimen collected in April 1770 during James Cook’s first voyage became the first insect from downunder to be described, five years later, by Dutch entomologist Johan Christian Fabricius. Despite its common name, it’s unlikely that Joseph Banks picked this fellow up anywhere near Botany Bay. According to the late CSIRO entomologist Doug Waterhouse — who, interestingly enough, helped invent Aerogard — the weather there in April would have been too cold and wet so our mate probably came aboard when the Endeavour made landfall in Cooktown. Typically found only on species of Acacia up and down Australia’s east coast, this flash looker (its specific name spectabilis means…

4 min.
the grapevine

PLATYPUS MAP The Australian Platypus Conservancy is conducting a wide range of research programs to assist our iconic monotreme, the platypus, as well as the rakali, the little-known Australian water rat. As part of this program, citizen scientists are being called on to report sightings (dead or alive) to be included in the open-access online resource Atlas of Living Australia. The platypus has been listed as “near threatened” both in Australia and internationally since 2016 and is already thought to be extinct in some river basins. It’s likely numbers have been further reduced by the long-running drought and fires of 2019–20. Other factors affecting their survival include habitat destruction, channel sedimentation and use of fishing nets and traps in which platypus drown as bycatch. If you’re looking for platypus and rakali in the wild, here…

4 min.
what’s hot right now

PURPLE CARROT, DAUCUS CAROTA The plant: Did you know that, originally, carrots were not all orange? In fact, many carrots had deep-purple skins and an orange centre. Not only were they very attractive but they also had a delicious sweet carrot taste. Growing: Carrots can be grown year round — just make sure they’re in a sunny position with soft, friable soil. If you have any lumps or rocks in your soil, you’ll end up with wonky carrots. When planting from seedling, create a trench with the side of your hand or a trowel and lay the seedling into the trench; don’t worry if they flop to one side. Then, with both hands at either side of the trench, run them along the trench to fill it and stand the seedlings upright.…

3 min.
butterfly pea

Clitoria is more than a clever crop — it’s near magical. It’s also very trendy, as these bright cobalt-blue flowers are used to colour gin a beautiful blue in the bottle. But pour some into a glass, add tonic water and the gin turns pale pink. Magic! It turns from blue to pink in response to a change in alkalinity. Adding an alkaline liquid such as tonic water changes the colour, whereas an acid such as lemon juice retains or intensifies the blue. Although you are most likely to encounter clitoria in a gin bottle at a trendy bar, it has long been used in Southeast Asia as a natural food colouring, particularly to colour rice. The flowers are also eaten dipped in batter and fried and the seeds, too, are edible. A…

2 min.
to dye for

Its name says it all. Not only does magenta plant have dazzling magenta flowers but an extract from the leaves is used as a food dye to give dishes a pretty crimson-pink hue. In particular, magenta leaf is used to colour some rice dishes but is also a traditional ingredient in a steamed taro-based layer cake called banh da lon (or “pigskin cake”), which is popular in Vietnam. The leaves of the magenta plant are boiled to extract the colour and mixed with mashed taro to create a purple layer that’s topped and tailed with a green layer made from tapioca flour and pandan paste. EVEN IF YOU DON’T WANT TO USE MAGENTA PLANT IN COOKING, IT IS AN ATTRACTIVE ADDITION TO A GARDEN… IT GROWS EASILY FROM CUTTINGS OR SIMPLY DETACHED ROOT…