Earth Garden Pty Ltd

Home & Garden
Earth Garden

Earth Garden Summer 2019

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.

Earth Garden Pty Ltd
Read More
$10.99(Incl. tax)
$41.79(Incl. tax)
4 Issues

in this issue

3 min.

Dear readers, Welcome to the summer issue. Many readers face a long, hot summer of difficult drought conditions and my heart goes out to you. Stay strong. I’ve just been watching a short video clip of young Greta Thunberg addressing the UN General Assembly a few days after she’d called a massive worldwide student strike for the climate crisis. Her speech is impassioned, eloquent, well-researched, emotional, and honest. In fact, it’s all the things that are missing from most speeches made by old, overfed, white male politicians around the globe. But she was not just challenging the world’s leaders. She was also challenging the world’s citizens to redouble our efforts to fight the climate emergency. I admit she made me uncomfortable. I could not deflect her outrage onto the easy targets. People like our…

4 min.
earth mail

WHERE I WANT BE AT 83 . . . This is grocery shopping at my 83 year old uncle’s house. He lives alone on his one acre block but spends all day tending to his vegies and fruit trees. Being an ex farmer his philosophy is ‘if you can’t eat it don’t grow it’. He feeds the neighbourhood and expects nothing in return. But I take great peace in knowing that if he isn’t in the yard working I will get a phone call to check on him as I live 1/2 hour away. My hero. Cindy Farmer. That’s so awesome. John Darke. Wow! Silverbeet on steroids. What a fabulous garden and gardener. Dianne Macklin. Very generous man, what a champion 83 years ‘young’. A true gentleman and a treasure to the community — no wonder he…

6 min.
on the vine

MAURICE CAN CROW Maurice the rooster has won the right to keep on crowing in his backyard each morning on the island of Oleron in France. Maurice’s case and several other lawsuits against the sounds of church bells, cow bells, cicadas and the pungent smells from farms have prompted a national debate over how to protect rural culture from the encroachment of expectations that are more associated with urban areas. In September the court decided the four-year-old cockerel’s owner, Corinne Fesseau, will be able to keep the rooster on the small island of Oleron, off France’s Atlantic coast. The judge in the southwest city of Rochefort also ordered the neighbours to pay 1,000 euros ($1,600) in damages to Ms Fesseau for reputational harm, plus court costs. Reacting to the ruling, Ms Fesseau shouted…

5 min.
spellbound by sunflower sprouts

WHILE spending time abroad many years ago I met a Kiwi sailor who was living off grid on a yacht in the Pacific islands. He spoke of the most bizarre food rations, creative storage solutions, days filled with raw fish salads and most fascinating tales of growing sprouts on deck. His life sounded like a dream, sailing the majestic turquoise waters, strolling through fresh food markets and jumping overboard to bathe in the sea. He told me he was previously a chef so living on a boat was no obstacle in growing fresh food when he enjoyed cooking and eating it so much. In the previous issue of EG I talked about Olive Gap Organic Farm where I was welcomed with open arms by Tara, Alex and their three vibrant daughters:…

4 min.
a flower by any other name

IT MIGHT be a change of life thing. I keep a small vegetable plot on the nature strip out front alongside my quiet suburban road. It is a really sunny spot, and has been terrific for growing snow peas, tomatoes, corn, chillies and the like. The summer display is a point of interest for those on their nightly passiegata, as they walk dogs and kids on training wheels around the back streets of town. Sometimes, people pass and suggest they might steal a cob or two and, who knows, they may well do, I’m not counting, they’re welcome to it. Just last week I lifted 60 kilo of dessert lemons off a backyard tree just because I knew the owners had gone away on holiday and all the fruit would be lost.…

5 min.
what’s your bushfire plan?

WHAT would we do? It’s a question we ask each other every year, and each year there is a different answer.What would we do if our home — house, orchards, valley — burned? Twenty years ago the answer was easy. Do it all again. But Bryan is 80. My back is semi-functional since someone fractured it early this year. We can’t build another house of granite and stone with our own hands again, nor plant another 800 fruit trees. Nor would we ever live to see what has taken 50 years of growing, seed to mighty trees. Partly that doesn’t matter: we plant for the generations to come, not ourselves. The planting would be “as much as we could manage and hope many or most trees resprout from the roots”, which often…