Our kids’ patch winners for this issue are Willow, Levi and Airlie from Kincumber, NSW, you’ve won a copy of The Runaway Dandelion by Jill Regensburg.
Next issue we are giving away some snazzy kids T-shirts. Designed in Australia by Izwoz, they feature some cool vegetable prints and are made from 100-percent organic cotton. To be in the running, parents can email a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org along with your child’s name, age and suburb, or post the picture on Instagram using the hashtag #pipmag
SHOW US YOUR GARDEN
Katherine, Northern Territory
Name: Poppi-May Crowder
How old are you? 13
What do you grow?
We grow all sorts of vegies, but this year our broccolis, carrots and onions went really well. We also grow fruits like pawpaw, passionfruit, pineapples and bananas.
What’s your favourite thing to grow in the garden?
Carrots are cool! They are really fun to harvest as you don’t know what they are going to look like until they come out of the ground.
What do you love most about gardening?
Fresh vegies are awesome and delicious. It’s so good to walk around in the garden and pick whatever you want. Sometimes I put my pet rabbit in the garden and she loves it.
What is your favourite job in the garden?
Harvesting and eating is definitely the best part of gardening.
What is your favourite recipe using things from the garden?
Soda water with passionfruit, lime, mint and ice. I like spaghetti with a fresh tomato, eggplant and basil sauce, and I also like a fresh garden salad.
Make Your Own Lizard Lounge
By Emily Gray, Permaculture South Australia
Lizards, skinks and geckos are garden guardians who eat slugs, snails and other insects that enjoy munching on your garden. Sadly, lizards’ homes are disappearing, but you can help!
CHOOSE A SITE
Look for a quiet spot, with a good amount of plants where lizards can hide and with sunlight for at least half a day. Make sure it’s a spot the family’s cat or dog won’t find and turn the lizards into their lunch!
Being careful not to remove another lizard’s home, gather natural materials like rocks, sticks, hollow branches, leaf litter, twigs and bark. Recycled materials like clay pipes or broken terracotta pots can be used, too.
ASSEMBLING THE LOUNGE
Stack your collected objects in a way that creates places for lizards to hide, feel safe and shelter from the weather. Make sure the objects are sturdy and can’t be easily moved by predators. Place a sunbathing rock near a shelter so there’s a safe retreat if danger approaches. Add at least ten centimetres of leaf litter – leaves are great too hide in and it will attract insects for lizards to eat. Hide a water dish that’s easy to refill and won’t tip over when the lizard drinks from it. If you have a pond, provide an escape route if a lizard falls in. Where possible, plant small native shrubs, grasses and ground covers.