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Good Organic Gardening Issue # 6.3

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.

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2 min
love gardens?

The Garden Clinic® is here for you! “ We love to our passion for gardening with you, it keeps us fit, happy and healthy. We lau nched the Garden Clinic 35 years ago so we could share our knowledge with you - now with the web, magazine, helpline and radio - there are more ways to give you the in for mation and inspiration you need to get things right in the garden” Better Homes & Gardens, 2GB The Garden Clinic® is all about sharing. Join up to share in our passion for gardening. Journal 82 pages of inspiring and doable gardening information. What’s new, what’s in season, great ideas, amazing gardens from around the world, practical tips and great projects. Help Line Garden Clinic Help Line 1300 133 100 When you’re standing in your yard and…

2 min
welcome to the issue

As we go to print, we are still in winter and enjoying tons of snowpeas, sugar snaps, spinach and brassicas from our patch. In the cool months, our tomato cages make a good home for the peas, but come the warmer spring weather the cages will go back to the tomatoes. I can’t wait to plant toms of all colours and sizes, especially with the excellent advice from Jennifer Stackhouse in her special feature on tomato growing. Spring is also time to get your pumpkins in the ground, and Melissa King has gathered together a great collection of heritage varieties to bring colour and interest to your beds so you can look forward to a gorgeously diverse crop for autumn. It seems to us that Australian gardeners ought to grow at least…

3 min
the grapevine

GREEN ROOFS The French government announced new environmental legislation earlier this year mandating that rooftops of new commercial buildings must be partially covered in either vegetation or solar panels. Environmentalists were hoping the French requirements would go further to cover all new buildings, but the move has been welcomed as a good start to increasing solar uptake in a country largely powered by nuclear energy, and as an effort to green the urban landscape. Green roofs and walls are not new concepts since sod roofs and ivy-clad walls have been around for centuries, but it’s catching on again. The city of Toronto in Canada was the first to pass bylaws in 2009 mandating them on all new buildings. The government provides incentive programs and education to encourage it. The benefits of green roofs are…

3 min
ask melissa

Why does my neighbour paint the trunk of his citrus tree white? Whitewashing citrus and other fruit trees is an age-old method of protecting exposed trunks and branches from sunburn and splitting. You’ll often see gardeners or orchardists painting the trunks on newly planted trees or after pruning, when the tree is most vulnerable. Organic gardeners commonly use a whitewash made from a mix of hydrated/builder’s lime, water and linseed oil or horticultural oil to make the mix stick to the tree. You can paint it onto the trunk of the tree and any exposed cuts. Although it looks like paint, it’s not permanent and will eventually wear off. See page 62 for more on whitewashing. My kitchen garden is surrounded by a box hedge, which has started turning bronze. I don’t want…

2 min
sawtooth coriander: eryngium foetidum

SAWTOOTH CORIANDER LABEL Common name: Sawtooth or perennial coriander Botanical name:Eryngium foetidum Family: Apiaceae (carrot family) Group: Biennial Requires: Sun to part shade; constant moisture Dislikes: Dry conditions Suitable for: Herb gardens, vegetable gardens, containers Habit: Rosette-forming herb Needs: Warmth Propagation: Seed Difficulty: Easy Growing annual coriander (Coriander sativum) can leave gardeners frustrated and craving the taste of its leaves. Coriander has a habit of bolting to seed when it comes under the slightest stress, such as too much heat, humidity or a lack of water. As it begins to flower and set seed, the leaves become strongly flavoured and unpleasant to eat. When this happens, you can give up and simply harvest coriander seed, which is a popular spice, or you can try growing another plant altogether. Sawtooth or perennial coriander is a thistle-like biennial with coriander-flavoured leaves. It doesn’t look like coriander…

2 min
watercress: nasturtium officinalis

This interesting plant is a brassica, so is related to mustard and cabbage. Watercress is a leafy aquatic plant that’s found its way onto our tables in watercress sandwiches, in fancy salads and as a garnish. It is also a delicious sprout. Watercress is nutritious but has a very short shelf-life: two good reasons to grow your own. A recent study from the US Center for Disease Control named it as the most nutritious vegetable to eat. Analysis shows it is a good source of iron, is rich in folic acid and also contains high amounts of calcium, protein, fibre and vitamins. One of its constituents — gluconasturtiin — may even inhibit carcinogens. But this is a plant of many faces. I’ve seen it growing in streams and creeks in Australia where…