Issue 26 page cover

In our summer issue of Pip magazine we share tips and tricks to help you grow enough foodto feed your family, along with ideas for productive garden design, growing edible shadeand what to plant now for summer growth.

We feature a home renovation focusing on simplicity and sustainability, learn how to preserve, ferment and store your garlic and reveal which is the most sustainable seafood. All this alongside our regular features on growing, preserving, seed saving, kids pages and much more

Issue 26 Flipbook

In our new issue you’ll learn how to grow
enough food to feed your family, techniques to preserve garlic by drying, fermenting and more.

Planning Your Patch: Useful Bounty

With some careful planning, observation and know-how, you can turn your vegie patch into a productive garden capable of feeding your family every night of the week.

We all want to harvest our homegrown…

Functional Flavour: Edible Shade

Plants are a brilliant low-cost solution for shading your home, so make the most of it by utilising plants that will also feed you.

Longer days and warmer temperatures may signal a time of…

Bivalve Molluscs: Shellfish Solution

Sustainably sourced seafood is hard to find, but the types of shellfish called bivalve molluscs are not only packed full of important nutrients, they’re contributing to the protection and restoration of our precious coastlines.

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Pickle, Preserve & Ferment: Ways With Garlic

With a relatively long growing season, you want to make sure you get the most out of your garlic harvest before your cloves begin to sprout, indicating it’s time to get them back in the ground.

Sustainable Renovation: When Less Is More

This character-filled farmhouse located in southern lutruwita/Tasmania was sustainably renovated to improve circulation and connectivity with the seasons, animals and productive garden space.

When Helen and Ronnie approached Jane Hilliard of Homeful by Designful…

Localisation: Small, Slow And Local

Author, filmmaker and founder of Local Futures Helena Norberg-Hodge explains how adopting an economic strategy based on the wisdom of indigenous cultures and smaller communities could be the answer to human, societal and environmental issues.


Farm My School: Feeding The Future

Farm My School is an initiative aiming to transform unused land within schools into regenerative market gardens, to grow community, educate youth and produce affordable nutrient-dense food.

Two men with a vision have built…

Indigenous Knowledge: Milpa Method

Drawing on the wisdom of Indigenous Americans, the Milpa method of gardening mimics a forest ecosystem to promote fertility and increase resilience.

Adapted from the forest ecosystem by Indigenous Americans over a period of…

Believe & Succeed: A Desert Oasis

In the small Northern Territory town of Mataranka, Yen Nguyen has created a swathe of green among red dust and termite mounds.

Situated on Mangarayi and Yangman country, Mataranka is a town famous for…


Edible Towns & Cities

National Urban Agriculture Month is happening between 1–30 November and everyone’s invited! Brought to you by Sustain: The Australian Food Network, it’s a month-long celebration of urban agriculture, featuring a…

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An Australian gardener’s guide to planning, planting and producing. The calendar features stunning photography of fresh garden produce that will inspire you to…

DIY Compost and seed sieve

An over-barrow garden sieve can up your food-growing game. As well as helping you make low-cost and nutritious seed-raising mix, it can also make the time- consuming bits of seed saving a cinch. And best of all, they’re simple to…

Five Of A Kind: Homegrown Sugars

‘Quitting sugar’ might be the latest in a long line of food fads, but not everyone’s crazy about it. Australians are, of course, as a society eating far too much of it, but this is not a reason to make…

Brains Trust: Raising Seeds

What’s the best medium to raise seeds in?

Seed-raising mix is a bit of a misnomer. While it’s light and friable and easy for germinating seeds to push through, it doesn’t contain the nutrients…

Letters To The Editor

Potted pleasures

Thank you for the article on how to make newspaper seedling pots – a great little project! I can’t wait to use all those wasted newspapers in my garden this year. I…

Permaculture Plant: White ginger

This versatile perennial herb from the Zingiberaceae family has many uses – but beware its weedy potential.

Botanically Heychium coranarium, white ginger is also known as Cuban ginger and is the national flower of…

Urban Foraging: Cleavers

As suggested by the name cleavers, meaning to ‘cleave’ or stick together – all parts of this distinctive looking and edible plant will attach itself to nearly anything that brushes past it.

Cleavers (Galium…

Save Your Seeds: Watermelon

Citrullus lanatus – in Latin, citrullus is the diminutive of citrus and lana means wool, referring to the fuzziness of the young fruit.


Nineteenth-century explorer Dr David…

Kid’s 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. Send the photo to – and you might even pick up this…

Product tests

Keep Cup

Review by Robyn Rosenfeldt

We all know the experience of being out and needing coffee, and realising you don’t have a cup on…

Ethical Marketplace

Pip partners with brands who align with its values. Ethical companies producing good- quality products that don’t harm the planet, instead aiming to improve it. Browse more ethical companies you can choose to support at

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Pip partner: Diggers Club

Founded in 1978 by Clive and Penny Blazey, The Diggers Club believes gardeners are the secret weapon in combating climate change.

Whether it has been championing heirloom vegetable and flower seeds in the face…


I’m really excited about bringing this issue to you. I love every bit of its content and I love the new cover art by Nastia Gladushchenko.

It seems the interest in all the ideas…