Issue 28 is packed full of inspiration and information to nourish yourself and the planet.
In this issue we explore the extraordinary world of fungi beneath our feet and how to protect it, everything you need to know to grow stone fruit and a guide to grafting fruit trees.
We answer all of your winter pruning questions, share knowledge from Indigenous elders, bring you three lesser-known winter vegies and how to use them, and show you how to make your own upcycled hot water bottle covers.
We bring you a ‘very small house’ reno for a young family and reveal a transformation of a tennis court into a thriving vegie garden.
Plus all our regular sections including seed saving, seasonal gardening advice, kids’ patch and more.
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Here’s a snapshot of what you will find in Issue 28…
Once it was mushrooms attracting all the attention. They still are but the growing interest in mycelium and the notion of subterranean networks of fungi is changing not only how we understand fungi and forests, but life. In this piece we explore the extraordinary world of fungi beneath our feet and how to protect it.
Ever dreamed of picking deliciously ripe stone fruit from your own backyard? Winter is the time to put the work in if you are wanting to be picking sun-warmed fruit in summer. We reveal what trees to plant and how to maintain them.
We bring you a feature on grafting, the benefits of which are many and varied. As well as increasing the varieties of fruit you’ll be harvesting each year, you’ll be improving pollination, extending your fruiting season and creating important diversity to benefit your patch.
Winter can feel like a bleak, barren time in nature and many gardeners find slim pickings from the patch as we wait for our winter vegies to sweeten with the arrival of frosts. A simple solution to filling the nutrient gap is to turn to foraging weeds. We bring you three weeds which are as nutritious as they are common, and really versatile in the kitchen too.
Our article on cooking the lesser-known vegies this season produces (which also includes some great recipes!), will help you increase diversity in the kitchen and will give you more planting options for your patch.
We visit a considered renovation and clever retrofitting which turned a small dilapidated house on Wathaurong country into a rustic, coastal retreat for this creative young family.
We also take a visit to High Valley Dawn – a 140-acre seaside off-grid property nestled in the Capricorn Coast in Queensland, of which the Darumbal people are the traditional custodians. Established in 2016, it has the optimal climate for growing food, allowing Ross O’Reilly (the visionary behind the site) to work faithfully to core permaculture ethical principles: land care, people care, fair share.
Hot water bottles are an efficient low-cost method of taking the chill off your bed, or warming parts of your body. We show you how to make a homemade woollen hot water bottle cover.
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