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Maude Farrugia

Autumn Rituals

Well, you wouldn't know it if you looked at the mercury, but autumn is here. We've had some record breaking heat across our hemisphere and it's thrown some of our planting plans into dissarray, I can tell you! We're still planting out some new year crops in the hope we might have an extended harvest... View more

March Garden Guide

Our Garden Guides are now all in the one place! Click the link below to jump to the guide for your climate area for March. Tropical Garden Guide Cool Temperate Garden Guide Mediterranean Garden Guide   March in the tropical garden by Kathleen Hosking of Solution Focussed WHAT TO PLANT? • The wet season hasn’t… View more

Five Ways With Figs!

We asked, and you told us! We’ve had an incredible response to our call out for our readers favourite ways to use up a glut of fragrant figs! Here are our five faves (plus some honourable mentions…) 1. Fig jam An indisputable classic – this was far and away the most common response to our… View more

Aboriginal Traditional Foods & an alternative Australian History

Words by Bruce Pascoe What would happen if we taught our children that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people planted crops, tilled them, irrigated them, stored and preserved surpluses, built houses and sewed their clothes? Would the sky fall in? And why would we teach them such things? Because thats what the explorers saw. Charles Sturt’s exploration party of… View more

Mediterranean Gardening Guide

Mediterranean Gardening Guide by Nadja Osterstock of Nadja’s Garden Just when you think you’re coming out the other side of the abundance of summer (and after a week away from it all), you take another look around and find that there’s still so much happening in the garden! We’re harvesting cucumbers, corn, zucchini, basil, capsicum,… View more

We’re launching with a Fair Food Forum!

We live in the age of the supermarket duopoly and yet people flock to farmers markets and community gardens, yearning for a stronger connection to their food. Pip Issue 5 is all about Fair Food, and to celebrate we’ve organised a free forum at Melbourne’s Sustainable Living Festival, and you’re invited! Join MC Nick Rose… View more

January Tropical Gardening Guide

January in the tropical garden by Kathleen Hosking of Solution Focussed WHAT TO PLANT? • Plant seeds for snake beans, wing beans, mung beans, peanuts, Asian greens, Komatsuna mustard, okra and rosella and marigolds. Soybeans are best planted in early December. This allows the maximum growing period before the day length shortens and initiates flowering…. View more

January Cool Temerpate Gardening Guide

January in the cool temperate garden by Christina Giudice, of Food In My Backyard, Hobart WHAT TO PLANT? There are two main planting focuses for January in the cool temperate garden. Succession and replacement planting of your summer vegies, including: Carrots, beetroot, radish, turnip, lettuce (chill the seed in the fridge for a few days… View more

January Mediterranean Garden Guide

by Nadja Osterstock from Nadja’s Garden ‘Tis the season to be chili! This morning Adelaideans have woken to a most welcome cool change with gentle, soaking showers, after a record-breaking – and in some gardens, heartbreaking – December heat wave. It has been a severe start to summer, but given that we experienced a foretaste… View more