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Good Organic Gardening

Good Organic Gardening Issue #11.3 - 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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2 min.
this issue

There was at least one day during the lockdown that broke the pattern of indistinguishable days, and that was the afternoon we watched not one but three wedge-tailed eagles soaring above our property. Two, possibly a breeding pair, rode the thermals at about 200 metres while the third stayed far above them, so high it looked no larger than the swallows that whiz around under the eaves. On this particular day, those tiny birds were nowhere to be seen (or heard) — wisely maintaining social distance while the trio of regal raptors hovered and swooped above. The birds’ joyous freedom sure beat the conditions for us humans during the lockdown, although Jo Immig found reasons to be cheerful about it: a newly quiet deindustrialised environment; a decrease in air and water…

4 min.
the grapevine

JO IMMIG Jo is an environmental scientist, photographer and writer. She has worked in the environment movement for decades and is co-ordinator of the National Toxics Network, an organisation dedicated to creating a toxic-free future. She has written many articles for magazines and is the author of two books: Toxic Playground and Safer Solutions. EVERYBODY STARTED GARDENING One of the most heartening responses to the coronavirus pandemic lockdown was the surge in the number of people having a go at growing food. As with the Dig for Victory movements during world wars, people took to their gardens and planted like crazy. For some it was their first foray while others took the opportunity to revive neglected existing gardens. Whether it was driven by fear of a lack of food or concern about going out…

3 min.
what’s hot right now

CHLOE THOMSON A horticulturist, presenter and passionate organic gardener, Chloe is the host of the new podcast Staying Grounded and co-owner and presenter on the web-based video series The Gardenettes. The mother of two little boys, she has a great following of Australian gardeners on her social media profile Bean There Dug That. EGYPTIAN WALKING ONION, ALLIUM PROLIFERUM The plant: Walk this way! The Egyptian walking onion is a quirky and fun addition to your vegie garden. It’s a top-setting onion (meaning the onions form above the ground) that walks around your garden as it grows. How does it walk? Well, the onion develops bulbils at the top of the stem and their weight causes the stem to fold over and, when they come in contact with the soil, they shoot and start…

2 min.
citrusy shrub

Lemon verbena is supposed to be a shrub but the veteran plant in my garden is a small, gnarled tree. The cats climb up and down it as they head over the side fence and into the paddock beyond. It’s amazing it ever became a tree as, by growing higher than the fence, it has exposed itself to icy Antarctic blasts from the south. To survive the worst of the cold it goes into a deep sulk through winter, only grudgingly regrowing its leaves just before Christmas. In autumn, just as the weather is retreating into winter, it hits full growth and is smothered in flowers as it enjoys its brief time in the sun. The foliage has a lovely lemony scent so brushing against it in the garden is a real joy.…

3 min.
pass the popcorn

Yes, there really is a special corn for making popcorn. You can buy the seeds to grow in your own garden or just head to the cinema and buy a tub to crunch while you watch the big screen. Chances are that the popcorn you buy at the movies has been grown right here in Australia. A grower near Dubbo can’t keep up with demand. The popcorn he and other Central New South Wales growers produce is processed in Forbes and distributed to cinemas as well as being sold in supermarkets. When you compare popcorn with ordinary sweet corn, the cobs are smaller (around 18–20cm long) and left to dry on the plant before they are harvested — unlike sweet corn, which is harvested while it has a high sugar and moisture…

7 min.
oddball edibles

We are so used to the normal starchy tubers we eat for dinner most nights — such as potatoes (see page 48, last issue) and sweet potatoes — that other sources of edible starch barely get a look in. Compared with spuds, some are small and fiddly to prepare, but all are delicious and many are very easy to grow across a wide range of climates. Oca, Chinese artichoke and yacón are three odd starchy tubers to grow at home. As they are rarely available at vegie shops, growing them yourself is often the only way you’ll get to eat these starch-rich oddballs. OCA Don’t freak out when you discover the botanic name of oca is Oxalis tuberosa. Oxalis is best known to gardeners as a persistent and very annoying weed, but there are…