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Good Organic Gardening

Issue #10.1 - 2019

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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You’ll no doubt agree that one of the greatest joys of gardening is meeting daily all the creatures big and minuscule that share your little patch of Earth, from butterflies and damselflies (see opposite page) to birds and goannas. It’s why we have so many ‘Garden Life’ pages in this magazine.Bees of all kinds, of course, rank right at the very top, though those gorgeous little brilliant-blue damselflies are not far behind on my scale. But we all have our favourites and high on my list are frogs, so I had no hesitation when Steve McGrane suggested an article on some of the more common Australian frog species you might find in your patch.Steve says he has had a fascination with these cute creatures since early childhood, so I’m guessing…

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good organic gardening

grow naturally, eat fresh, live sustainablyEditor Kerry BoyneDesigner Natasha MichelsContributors Claire Bickle, Angelo Eliades, Jo Immig, Melissa King, Steve McGrane, Megg Miller, Jennifer Stackhouse, Chris Stafford, Chloe Thomson, Sandra TuszynskaNational Advertising Manager Miriam KeenPh: (02) 9887 0604 | Fax: (02) 9878 5553Mob: 0414 969 693Email: mkeen@umco.com.auAdvertising Art Director Martha RubazewiczAdvertising Production Co-ordinator William WestCover Photo Getty ImagesUNIVERSAL MEDIACOChairman/CEO Prema PereraPublisher Janice WilliamsChief Financial Officer Vicky MahadevaAssociate Publisher Emma PereraFinance & Administration Manager James PereraCirculation Business Development Manager Mark McTaggartCreative Director Kate PodgerMarketing & Acquisitions Manager Chelsea Peters…

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pretty predator

Common name: Bluetail damselflyScientific name: Ischnura heterostictaSeen mostly in summer and even in winter in northern parts, the common bluetail damselfly, Ischnura heterosticta, is found throughout Australia. With their excellent vision, toothed jaws and superb flying skills, these fiercely beautiful predators may resemble tiny brilliant-blue jet fighters, yet they belong to an ancient and very successful order, Odonata, which according to fossil records has changed little in 300 million years.Damselflies can be distinguished from dragonflies by their widely separated eyes, their more delicate, needlelike abdomens and the way they hold their wings when at rest, folded along the body rather than horizontally spread. Never far from water and consuming large quantities of mosquitoes, midges and moths, these beneficial insects should be welcome in any garden.…

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the grapevine

JO IMMIGJo 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.Gardening as anti-ageing therapy (Bigstock, Youngbohemian CC)GARDENERS: MAY YOU LIVE TO 100!What if your health professional prescribed gardening to relieve stress, reduce your risk of dementia and extend your life expectancy?According to research, it would be wise advice. In fact, Scottish doctors can now prescribe a walk in nature as a remedy to reduce high blood pressure and relieve stress.A Dutch study* tested the idea that gardening has stress-relieving effects. Thirty gardeners were given a stressful task and…

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what’s hot right now

CHLOE THOMSONA horticulturist, presenter and passionate organic gardener, Chloe is co-owner and presenter of the web-based series The Gardenettes and she has been a regular presenter on The Garden Gurus. A mum of two little boys, she has a great following of Australian gardeners on her social media profile Bean There Dug That.HELLEBORE ‘ANNA’S RED’The plant: Anna’s Red is an absolute breakthrough variety with outstanding performance. Stunning red to burgundy flowers appear from early winter through until early spring each year. The flower stems grow through the foliage to make a dramatic impact above the lush, dark-green, tough, leathery foliage. This will be a talking point in your winter garden.Growing: ‘Anna’s Red’ grows well in either a decorative container or garden beds large and small. Despite vigorous growth, the plant…

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currant affairs

Blackcurrant labelCommon name: BlackcurrantBotanical name: Ribes nigrumFamily: GrossulariaceaeAspect & soil: Full sun to part shade; well-drained soilBest climate: ColdHabit: Deciduous shrubPropagation: Hardwood cuttings, potted plantsDifficulty: EasyOne of the best garden discoveries I’ve ever made happened when I was weeding an overgrown area. It was summer and we’d only owned the property for a few months. Weeds were entangled in a large shrub and, as I pulled them away, I discovered not one but three blackcurrant bushes laden with round, black, juicy fruit. The birds hadn’t found them so blackcurrant cordial was suddenly on the menu.Blackcurrant (Ribes nigrum) is a clever backyard crop for cold zones as it tolerates shade and grows happily where other fruiting plants would struggle. My rogue blackcurrants enjoy winter sun but by mid-spring are partially shaded.Blackcurrants fruit…