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Good Organic Gardening

Good Organic Gardening Issue #11.1 - 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.

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Australia
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Universal Wellbeing PTY Limited
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2 min.
this issue

As we move toward the winter months, there’s probably not quite as much to do in the garden unless you’re undertaking structural jobs or putting a lot of work into soil improvement. There’s still lots to plant, of course, and it’s a good time to put in any dormant trees you have your heart set on. For us, though, there’s definitely less mowing, slashing and whipper-snippering, and our winter vegies don’t seem to be as much work as the fruiting annuals of summer. So what to do on a cold rainy day? Well, you could start planning a fireproof garden (more on that next issue) or think about drought-proofing yours (more on that soon, too), or you could organise your photos, declutter your wardrobe Marie Kondo-style or clear out the shed.…

1 min.
space invader

When the bumblebee was introduced to Tasmania, whether by accident or design, somebody bumbled. It could yet turn out to be Australia’s most disruptive exotic invader since the cane toad — though far more endearing. We know precisely when Bufo marinus arrived here — the toad was introduced into Queensland in 1935 — but no one’s sure exactly how or when Bombus terrestris got to Tasmania. It was first observed in Hobart in the early 1990s and, even though DNA tests have revealed the local population is descended from just two queens possibly smuggled in from New Zealand, it has managed to breed and spread steadily northwards, even as far as some Bass Strait islands. The fuzzy, slow-moving bumblebee is the heavy transport of the apian world and some horticulturists believe it could…

4 min.
the grapevine

CLIMATE IMPACT ON THE WORLD’S FOOD SUPPLY Experts warn the climate emergency will affect the world’s food supply in three key ways: quantity, quality and location of the food produced. In a supply-and-demand-driven economy, the reality is the price of food will also increase as will food insecurity, which inevitably impacts the most vulnerable members of the community. Despite the initial thought that increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere would act as a fertiliser and make plants grow more, the reality is climate impacts are reducing the amount of food grown around the world due to increasing temperatures, changing rainfall patterns leading to floods and extended droughts, and pest pressures. The location of agricultural production is also changing. Tropical equatorial regions that have previously provided abundant of food are the hardest hit, with…

3 min.
what’s hot right now

SENETTI BABY BLUE, PERICALLIS CRUENTUS The plant: Quick-growing and evergreen, senetti are naturally perennial and keep blooming, after pruning, to reboot throughout autumn, winter and into early spring. Their compact growth habit makes them perfect for pots on the patio and planted en masse in garden beds. Growing and care: For the best flowers, grow them where they will receive morning sun and afternoon shade. Senetti will tolerate light frost but will need protection from strong winds. If growing in pots, always use a premium-quality potting mix. Why not try … These stunning senetti from Oasis Horticulture, which come in an incredible range of colours including Baby Magenta Bi-Colour, the abovementioned Baby Blue, Magenta Delight and Lavender. Oasis Horticulture, oasis.com.au GINKGO ‘LEMONLIME SPIRE’, GINKGO BILOBA The plant: Ginkgo ‘Lemonlime Spire’ with its rich lime-green summer foliage…

2 min.
lipstick tree

One look at the bristly red seed pods and leathery leaves on this tropical tree and you’d think its claim to being a clever crop is that it’s very good at self-protection. But there’s more to bixa — also called annatto, achiote and other regional names — than you’d realise. This plant is the source of a natural food colouring and dye. The dye, known as annatto, is an orange-red colour and is used to colour butter, margarine, cheese and many other foodstuffs. The spiky pods split open to reveal red seeds. It is the waxy covering around the seeds, known as the pericarp, which gives up the dye. The dye is extracted by soaking the seeds in water. As its common name of lipstick tree suggests, it’s also used as a body…

3 min.
lemon blade

A fully grown clump of lemongrass can reach up to 1.5m high and 30cm or more across. It may take up a lot of room in the herb garden, but it’s well worth growing if you love Asian food or enjoy a restorative cup of herbal tea. A true grass, lemongrass has long, slender leaves with that telltale citrusy scent and flavour that distinguish lemongrass tea from other herbal teas. The leafy clumps can also be used to add height and bulk to new gardens or in a sensory garden for scent and texture. Although not grown for its flowers, lemongrass can produce panicles of tiny flowers in summer. However, these are not often seen in Australia. It is the swollen stem bases that are harvested to use in cooking, particularly in Thai curries…