Issue 30 digital

Issue 30 Flipbook

Pip’s Issue 30 is packed full of inspiration and information to bring in the productive food-growing season. We share our in-depth guide to growing your pumpkins, squash, melons and zucchinis, we explain the hows and whys of keeping a highly productive worm farm, guide you…

SEA URCHINS – Foraging and preparing sea urchins

Looking every bit a strange creature from the deep, sea urchins are a seafood delicacy. But not only are they good for you and breeding in abundance, they’re playing a significant role in our underwater ecosystems.

There are 950 different species of sea urchin found in…

PLAN & PREPARE – Preparing your home for bushfire season

When we think about fire preparation, our first thoughts are usually about cleaning up around the house. But as we head towards what’s tipped to be a particularly hot summer, there’s plenty we can learn from people who have survived catastrophic bushfires.

The unseasonably warm and…

DIY WORM FARM – How to make your own worm farm

Because worms are so low-maintenance, it is easier than you might think to make your own worm farm.

There are plenty of reasons to have a worm farm. Not only are they a hugely efficient way to process organic waste from your kitchen and around your…



Victoria’s West Gippsland region will play host to the sixth annual Creative Harvest, which brings creative minds and green thumbs together in a celebration of sustainability. Held over 27–28 January, there’ll be 15 open food gardens to visit, plus 30 artists and producers in…


Pip prezzies

Get a jump on your Christmas shopping with our popular Kitchen Garden Calendar as well as our new range of tea towels and shopping totes, available on their own or in a bundle. A must-have for every Australian gardener, the calendar features…



The Mycosybiotics Lab was created as a citizen-science project by young permaculture designer and international educator William Padilla Brown, who sees mushrooms and algae as biological aids for permaculture systems. Based in Pennsylvania, William hosts forest foraging tours, sets up urban mushroom micro-farms, shares…

FIVE OF A KIND – 5 Ways To Deter Pests

Just as much as we love good homegrown vegies, so do many pests species and as the weather’s warming up, now is the time to be on the lookout for them and to do what you can to prevent them.

As a general rule, pests will…

BRAINS TRUST – Australian Native Bees

What is a native bee?

Different to the European honey bee most people are familiar with, Australia has around 2000 native bee species which are found all around the country. Nearly all of our native bees are solitary bees, meaning they nest on their own and…


We’d love to receive your feedback, questions, ideas or to see if we’ve inspired you to embark on any projects. Email your letters and photos to

On a whim

The only time I buy magazines is at airports when I have a long wait. So when…


There are about 60 species of saltbush in Australia and around 250 throughout the world, however not all of them are edible.

As its name suggests, saltbush is a hardy saline-tolerant plant. A member of the Chenopodiaceae subfamily, it grows in Australia’s dry areas, preferring warm…


Allium sativum – allium was the Roman name for garlic; sativum means cultivated in Latin.


It is believed garlic originated in the mountains of Central Asia. It was found wild in the Altaic Mountains of Siberia and also much closer to Europe in the southern part…


Once a popular Australian backyard tree, loquats fell out of favour over a decade ago. However, you can still spot a branch of a mature loquat hanging over a fence, laden with fruit and ripe for the picking.

This evergreen tree is a feature in any…

IN THE GARDEN – November-February

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….

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…


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…

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…


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 PURE BLUE ESSENTIALS Pure Blue Essentials is about a…

PIP PARTNER – Off-grid 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…


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…