We love seeing kids getting out into the garden and enjoying home-grown produce. Here are some of our littlest Pip folk sharing what they’ve found in the patch. This issue’s winner is Rohanna from Hilldene, pictured with this issue’s…
Raising keets is similar to raising chicks – a lined brooder box with a heat source, food and water. Place small rocks in the water dish to prevent drowning and ensure their bedding isn’t made up of small pieces – avoid sawdust, for example – or the keets will mistake it for food.
Know the type of timber you’re burning and you will know your ash. If you are burning hardwoods like eucalypt, then you will make a nice dense wood ash that has many of the minerals in it that the trees had. Softwoods like pine are okay, too, but will create a lighter, finer wood ash. Never use wood ash produced from timbers that are treated, stained, painted or otherwise tampered with – they’re very toxic and that kind of ash needs to go in the bin. If you use the commercially available charcoal, briquettes or heat beads in your fire, dispose of that ash, too; they can have added chemicals.
Wild beets are native to northern Africa and the coast of Spain and Portugal. They were introduced to northern Europe by the Romans who fed them to both their troops and horses. Beets adapted very well to cold, northern winters and from them sugar beet and the round red beet were developed. Collections of the wild relatives of beetroot are being made in Sicily and Calabria for large-scale gene banks.
Welcome to Pip’s 20th issue. Wow, what a journey! When I started Pip my three girls were running around at knee height and now they’re mostly taller than me. Almost like a fourth child, Pip has grown and evolved with lots of attention and love and has come a long way from the seed of an idea I started with ten years ago. It started with a few people, all volunteering our time publishing two issues a year, to now having a highly experienced and talented team publishing four issues a year and distributing nearly ten times the number of magazines of when we started.
Our kids’ patch winners for this issue are Arvea and Isola Crosier from Toodyay, in Western Australia, you’ve both won snazzy new T-shirts from Izwoz! Next issue we’ve got a pack of Permaculture Action Cards to give away by Brenna Quinlan and Charlie Mgee. The pack features 65 durable cards depicting characters putting permaculture into action. To be in the running, parents can email a photo to email@example.com along with your child’s name, age and suburb, or post the picture on Instagram using the hashtag #pipmag
The Indigenous people of the Oglala Lakota are revitalising their culture with permaculture, Indigenous wisdom and looking for solutions for the next seven generations. Based at Pine Ridge in South Dakota, a Reservation created in 1889 – originally part of the Great Sioux Reservation – there’s a need for change.
Vitamin C is a vital nutrient we can’t do without. The body cannot make it or store it, so it’s important to include vitamin C regularly in your diet. While scurvy is thought of as a thing of the past, it can still be found in today’s refugee camps where people don’t have access to fresh fruit and vegetables. While the body needs vitamin C for healthy function of the tendons, ligaments, skin and small blood vessels, it’s probably best known as a boost to the immune system.
WINTER WONDERINGS Should I be doing anything different in winter to keep my chickens happy? Hens can be fed more in winter, around 1.5 times what you normally feed them. They need the extra food to keep warm, recover…
When a crises turns the world upside down, a garden can be a place of rest and healing – a place to remake your life. Grounded shares Liz Zorab’s personal story of courage and transformation alongside that of her small but abundant homestead in South West Wales, UK.