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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

Bubble rap

I love that you have a recipe for soap in the current issue (The good oil, Issue 19), and I’m wondering if you would consider following the story up with recipes for a powder or liquid that I can use in the laundry – preferably ones that actually work!

I prefer laundry liquid, but I can’t bear buying the plastic bottles and I’m usually not organised enough to go to my local bulk shop for refills. There are so many recipes out there, but I’m sure you will only print one if you know it works.

I love your magazine. I love the content, I love the paper stock and the design.

Beverly Waldie

via email

Great idea, Beverly. I’m in the same boat. Soap nuts can be quite good and there are quite a few products that you place in your washing machine which are reusable, but making your own soap is a great idea. We’ll look into it and include it in a future issue.

And thanks for your kind words about the magazine. We have a great team.



I love Pip because it is full of info from experts and people living the permaculture life – something I try to do, but am still learning.

I’d really love to attend the forum so I can learn more. I love how these things are now available online. Thank you for doing what you do.

Sharon Burke

via email

Thanks Sharon, we are all still learning and are all on different stages of our journey. That is why it’s good to hear what other people are doing so we can get inspired by new ideas. But remember we don’t need a handful of people doing ‘permaculture’ perfectly, we need millions doing it imperferctly.


Nature’s way

I really enjoyed your article on biocontrol (5 Things, Issue 19) in the latest magazine. I don’t use pesticides or any sprays as a rule and I have lots of flowering plants to provide for the beneficial insects.

Consequently, I have lots of skinks, blue-tongues and predatory insects, and rarely have an infestation of unhelpful pests. Excellent reading.

Barbara Heran

Via email

Thanks, Barbara. I’m the same and I love sitting in my garden just watching all the life around me. We have loads of frogs, skinks and blue-tongues, as well as an abundance of bees and other insects. The resident skinks in the Pip office keep the fly population under control.


Drop and swap

I love the magazine and get a lot from it each issue. Thanks for the idea of leaving my old copies in my local cafes; reusing the info and spreading the love – a better world, one vegie patch at a time!

Vanessa Collins

via email

Hey Vanessa, I’m so glad to hear that Pip is valuable to you. Leaving old copies lying around is a great way of spreading the word and sharing the love. Pip is designed to be accessible to anyone who might just stumble across it and find something of interest they can try out.


Kiwi content

I love what you’re doing, but I am wondering if you could include New Zealand a bit more? It’s always Australia, Australia, Australia which, of course, is understandable as this is where you’re from, but I am sure your Kiwi readers would appreciate a mention or a countryspecific article here and there, too.

Annina Rüegger

via email

Hey Annina, we used to include more stories from New Zealand and thanks for pointing out we haven’t for a while. There are so many amazing projects and people (see Fair Share breakout) doing great things in New Zealand and we would love to share these stories. Feel free to send through any suggestions you have, too. Watch this space…


Social Awareness

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Philip East Fantastic recent edition! Using recently harvested ‘old’ cabbage, I made kimchi using the recipe in Issue 19. It’s a suitably edgy and practical publication while not getting sucked into the vortex of political trends. Well worth the subscription cost.

Fair Share

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


The advice ‘turn your waiting room into a classroom’ isn’t original – I got it from Jess of Roots and Refuge Farm, a homesteading YouTuber that I’m not ashamed to admit I have a medium-to-large crush on. But it’s good advice nonetheless, helping to shift my mindset from ‘Why bother trying until I have my dream property?’ to ‘How can I best spend this period – which feels like the waiting room of life – to better prepare myself for the next?’

We – or at least I – tend to think of permaculture as large-scale food forests, farms with silvopastoral grazing cows and ten different types of heritage ducks, and as much as I’d love that to be my reality, there’s no room for bovines at my rental cabin in the bush. But the principles of permaculture are just those – principles – and can be applied wherever you are, whether that’s a massive acreage or a suburban townhouse.

One of the challenges of my rental in the bush is the lack of sunlight we get. Permaculture tells me to turn this ‘problem’ into a solution, and it just so happens that the lush, damp bush of my backyard is the perfect place to grow mushrooms. A pack of mycilium-inoculated rye grain and a wheelbarrow full of woodchips later, and I’m regularly harvesting oyster mushrooms from a space that I had once written-off as unusable. For many renters, there’s a tendency to not apply effort into something you might not get to see come to fruition. But the more I learn about permaculture and being a guardian of the land, the more I realise there is value in planting a seed, whether or not you’re there to reap the rewards.

Indigo Paul

Auckland, NZ


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