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IN THE GARDEN – November-February

In the garden

Seasonal garden guides for Australian climates

Moon planting

The moon’s phases and its associated gravitational pull has a significant effect on the behaviour of tidal oceans, so it’s easy to understand how the moon can have a similar effect on the moisture in our soils and plants. By planning what you sow to coincide with the phases of the moon best suited to the type of vegetable and how you’re planting, you’ll give yourself a higher chance of success as well as increase your yields.

KIDS’ PATCH – Create, find, learn & laugh

We love seeing what kids are growing with their families in their gardens, so snap and email us an image of what you’re harvesting at the moment. Email the photo to to win a copy of The Dam, by David Almond. This issue’s winner is Maisie Keunen.


Sylvia McHenry, 7
Watervale, SA

‘I let things grow wild and I don’t care what kinds of plants grow there. I like it when there are flowers in it – I imagine I’m in a forest! As well as planting, I like to play games. I sit up high and pretend I’m on a lookout like in Swallowdale. I like to eat carrots, strawberries and tomatoes from my garden.’


The books, films & podcasts inspiring you to make a difference




According to Jaclyn Crupi – a proud Italian-Australian pasta maker and devotee (and whose garden we featured in Pip Issue 28!) – pasta is love, pasta is life. Pasta can be a quick and simple meal or a culinary masterpiece, but in essence it is about generosity, comfort and the beauty to be found in simple and high-quality ingredients.

TRIED & TRUE – Product tests

There are many different ways to break down organic waste, each with its own nuances. Australian brand Subpod offers a range of easy-to-assemble worm farms that make composting waste and turning it into nutrients you can use to grow food both hassle free and smell free. However unlike homemade or recycled options, they’re pretty pricey and involve a fair bit of plastic.


The main difference between a conventional worm farm and this system is Subpod is an in-ground setup. I was given the Grow Bed Bundle to test which is made up of the Classic Underground Compost Bin ($335.00), which is a two-compartment composter that gets buried into Subpod’s Grow Garden Bed ($165.00), which has an open base to allow the worms in. An aerator tool ($49.00) is also included, and by opting for the $509.00 bundle you’re saving $40 from the combined asking price. The bin itself is a large plastic receptacle that resembles a milk crate with a lid. You place your food scraps directly into the crate, which is perforated allowing your worms and nutrients to travel freely between your food waste and the soil it’s buried in.


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PIP PARTNER – Off-grid Living Festival

Pip Partner - Offgrid living festival

Founded in 2018, the Off-Grid Living Festival has grown into one of the most comprehensive and informative sustainability events in the country.

From traditional skills and homesteading to electric vehicles and emerging technology, the Off-Grid Living Festival is far more than an event to help you unplug your energy requirements from the grid. Each year, the two-day event aims to inspire participants to take new steps towards living a more sustainable life.


Robyn Rosenfeldt editorial 30

Hello lovely people and welcome to our 30th issue of Pip magazine. It’s quite a milestone for our little team who work away behind the scenes bringing each issue together.

As I write this, the wind is howling outside, yesterday it poured with rain which caused flooding, and the day before nearby fires burned out of control. What is happening out there? What is happening to our climate? How do we remain positive and joyful in the face of these ongoing threats?