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Month February 2018

Pip Brains Trust

Brains Trust
I like to let the tree flower, as it contributes to the bigger picture of biodiversity. The flower provides nectar to bees and other insects, and this invitation into the garden can contribute to other plant species in the garden being pollinated by those same insects

Preserving Pomodori: Your Complete Guide To Tomato Preservation

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Preserving tomatoes is one of the easiest ways to get a homemade larder started. Over summer and autumn, tomatoes are so abundant, whether you grow them yourself or buy them by the box from your favourite fruit and veg shop or market. If you’re organised and ready to give preserving tomatoes a go, it’s quite possible to bottle, dry and brew up a year’s supply of tomato sauces and condiments in a timely fashion. Yes, you may well be splashed red by the end of the process, but that’s what summer preserving is all about, isn’t it?

Noticeboard

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Featuring 30 artists and collectives, the 15th Dandenong Ranges Open Studios event offers visitors a unique exhibition and open studio weekend. Explore and connect with artists, ignite your creative imagination

Pip Picks: Things We Like

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BIOME BEE HOUSE This house is crafted so beautifully that if we weren’t way too big to fit, we’d be moving right in. The Biome Bee House is designed to provide a safe home for Australian native bees, who…

Rosewood Farm: A Radical Retrofit

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When I first came to look at the property we now call home, the house was far from ideal. It faced south, had small dark rooms, the kitchen was poky and a wide verandah ran down the length of the north side, preventing any sunlight from finding its way in.

Permaculture Around The World

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How we address food in our communities is a powerful agent for positive change. Incredible Edible Todmorden is an example of community permaculture in action. People from this old textile town in West Yorkshire are coming together as volunteers to grow fruits, herbs and vegetables around the town for everyone to share. It’s simple and

Editorial

Robyn Rosenfeldt
In this issue, I invite you into my family home to see what we’ve done to retrofit it to make it run more efficiently and be a more comfortable place to live. We also meet people around the country who are growing food in public spaces. There is a lot of vacant public land out there, so these people are using it to not only grow food but also community.

Your Guide To Growing Brassicas

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Despite their strange sounding name, brassicas are easily recognisable vegetables from the mustard family of plants, otherwise known as Brassicaceae. Vegies that belong to this family are broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, radish, turnips, and even rocket.

Growing Food In Small Spaces

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The Plummery’s vegie patch is the productive heart of our urban permaculture system. Measuring a modest 30 m2 (including paths), it has been managed through just a couple of hours a week. We swap our persimmons for pumpkins and buy a sack of potatoes, but year-round almost all of our vegies come from this little patch. Our records show that it produced more than 170 kg in 2016!

David Holmgren

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David Holmgren is a thinker. David not only questions the status quo, but redesigns it and creates an alternative. In the 70s, faced with a world that he questioned, he came up with the permaculture concept, along with his mentor Bill Mollison.