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Letters To The Editor

We’d love to see if we’ve inspired you to embark on any projects. The letter of the issue will receive a limited-edition Pip magazine print featuring archival inks on textured 300 gsm rag paper. Email your letters and photos to

Powerless preserving

I’m wondering if you have any ideas or tips about the best ways to store vegies without putting them in the bottom of the fridge? I live in Tasmania, and now we’re heading into winter, I figure that a Tassie winter is probably the same temperature as lots of people’s fridges anyway!

I prefer the idea of storing my organically grown food somewhere natural rather than poking it into an expensive artificial climate, so I am hoping someone might have some experience with outdoor larders or root cellars?

Erin Fields via email

That’s a good idea for an article, Erin. We’ll look into it for you. Robyn

Food connections

I just thought I’d share a fun thing a friend and I have started doing after I bought her one of your Kitchen Garden Calendars. It started when we were talking about things she could do with her glut of blueberries and I mentioned that I thought there was a blueberry recipe in the Pip calendar.

Because we live in different cities, she suggested we both make the Blueberry and Milk Kefir Smoothie and send each other pictures of how they turned out. We’re pretty competitive, it turns out, but we had so much fun connecting through creating the same recipe, that we now do it every month!

I’m just about to get stuck into the Warm Spiced Apple Cider, which prompted me to write in and let you know.

Rachel Myers Wollongong, NSW

Thanks Rachel, I really love hearing about the positive things Pip brings to people’s lives (and bellies). It makes all the hard work really worthwhile. Thanks for sharing. Robyn

Seed hunting

I am a Pip subscriber and have found a small issue within one of my garden groups lately. The issue we have is locating endive seeds. Someone in the group wanted to collect endive seed but we can’t find it in the plant itself. Can you do an article on collecting endive seed, and other seeds that are difficult to harvest?

Caitlin Knight via email

Hi Caitlin, much like a lettuce, you’ll need to let the plant elongate and send up a flower spike. The flowers will die off and seeds will form, so once the flowers are brown, remove the whole spike and put it in a paper bag to let them dry completely. Robyn

Big ideas


I loved the story on Jess Hay’s tiny home (A little for a Lot, Issue 22). Not only has she created an inspiring place to live that has a low impact on the environment, but her comments about breaking down the stigma Australians associate with ‘living at home’, and instead seeing it as ‘intergenerational living’, really changed my perspective on the issue – especially since it’s so hard for young people to break into the property market.

Some of the oldest and richest cultures thrive because of intergenerational living and if more of us can do it like Jess – as in sharing our parents’ land, rather than their home – then there’s plenty of benefits.

Sharing the work in a vegie garden is one, as is providing a hand and some care as parents get a bit older. Maybe the government should consider grants for people willing to provide this sort of housing to their kids, or even elderly parents? It could help ease the pressure on the housing and aged care systems.

Jen O’Rourke via email

Sticking points

Hi Robyn, thank you for a wonderful magazine! Please find two stickers enclosed – one for your office and please pass on the other to Pip’s 2021 Permie of the Year Mandy Milburn (Issue 23).

Carol Dingo Cooktown, Qld

Thanks Carol, what a thoughtful gift. I’ll make sure Mandy gets the other one – a nice gesture for someone doing some amazing work. Robyn


Your place to share inspirational ideas and earth-conscious care with the Pip community.

Kitchen wins

I just wanted to say thanks for the Whole Plant Harvest article (Issue 23) and share a few tips I’ve learnt since playing around with the zucchini- stem penne recipe.

First of all, what a great idea! I had no idea that part of the plant was edible and with so many zucchinis in my garden at the start of this year, it was such an awesome way stretch the patch even further. Even my fussiest child now likes it, which is really surprising.

My kids prefer it cut a lot shorter – think ‘rotelle’ rather than ‘penne’ – and when I cooked it in a homemade bone broth rather than plain salted water, one of the kids even used the words ‘best dinner ever!’

Thanks Pip, not only am I getting more from my garden without any extra effort, but I’m reducing my garden waste and my kids are eating more vegies.

Joanne Smart via email


We asked our followers what small everyday actions they do that add up to helping our planet

living_in_mud We have a biodigester that we put our food waste into, which creates methane, which we use for cooking rather than LPG!

Kleine_essie I make breakfast and lunch from scratch using local produce.

Mels_garden_journey Composted scraps, fed the worm farm and re-waxed my beeswax wraps


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