Pip’s Mailbox: Letters To The Editor

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 editorial@pipmagazine.com.au

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 editorial@pipmagazine.com.au


I’ve had a life-long interest in gardens but as I age – I’m now nearly 77 – I’m not so agile. I’m interested in tips for composting, worm farms, weeding and herbs. But I can’t kneel down.

Dianne via website

You must have amassed a wealth of knowledge over the years and this is where sharing a garden can be such a great idea. You could share that knowledge with a more able-bodied person and together you could do great things. Otherwise everything raised is the go; raised beds, raised worm farms and smaller manageable compost systems. We’ll keep the articles coming. Robyn


Reusable glass

I love the magazine, thank you. Just a brief note I thought I should make in regards to returnable glass containers. Elgaar Farm in northern Tasmania has been producing a range of organic dairy products in glass for maybe a decade. This came to mind after reading the article by Robyn Rosenfeldt on the Shulz Organic Dairy (Pip, Issue #15).

Peter Bird via email


Wear and share

Big love to the Pip community and to everyone who works tirelessly behind the scenes at Pip magazine. I have been loving permaculture since I was 20 years old, way back in 1995. Your magazine is wonderful and very inspirational. And although I don’t currently have any land – I’m saving all my pennies for that dream – permaculture inspires me in many other areas of my life. It even trickles into my jewellery creations, which I’ve attached some photos of.

Keep up the fantastic work, you are appreciated!

Tina Raewyn via email

Thanks, Tina. It’s always great to hear Pip is inspiring people. When we’re creating it, we never really know where it’ll end up. Love the jewellery by the way. Robyn

Cool trick

In regards to Erin Fields’ letter last issue (Pip, Issue #24), the most effective insulation/cooling I’ve ever seen without using a fridge or freezer was in an off-grid farm in Sicily, Italy, whose owners had borrowed an idea from their North African neighbours.

In a dark, clay-walled room, they kept several large ceramic vessels, each covered with a lid or dinner plate. Inside these vessels were some smaller ceramic vessels – no lid necessary – and between the two vessels they kept water, which they topped up every two or three days.

The food that was placed inside the smaller of the two vessels, and insulated by the water, was crisp and fresh and lasted well for at least a week.

It really works!

Zoshia Rose via email

I love the sound of that, Zoshia. There are so many ways to do things, but we get a bit lazy with electricity. Robyn

Homegrown meat (Letter of the Issue)

I’m totally enjoying your magazine and am impressed by the quality of the information in it. I’m really interested in food security. I now live on a suburban block in beautiful Bellingen on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales. I grow a lot of my own vegetables, produce heaps of cold compost, I have a native beehive and, until last night when a fox got in, free ranged ducks during the day (they had their own creek).

I’ve been looking at ways to grow my own meat. With my block, chooks aren’t an option as I’d want to free range. I did look at quails, but they’re not a good option to free range, plus they’re not good mothers, so I’d need to use an incubator. I’ve a mammalian meat and dairy allergy, so with a creek that floods, thus excluding fish, I need to grow poultry. I’m a bit excited about growing pigeons (squab) but haven’t got a lot of confidence that it’d be successful.

With a view to free ranging, I’m thinking a dovecote arrangement might be better than an aviary so the nests would be protected from snakes, cats, foxes, etc. I’d love to hear from someone who has some experience here.

Lindy Saler via email

I personally don’t have any experience but, having looked into it, pigeon seems like it could be a good option. Pip readers might have some experiences they can share?

Maybe we could do an article down the track. Robyn


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

Feed for thought


I loved the idea of upcycling the bags we buy our chicken grain in (Pip, Issue #24). I always think they’re a really sturdy bag as I’m pouring the grain into our storage bins, but I’ve never thought to actually turn it into something I can use for many years to come. Well, not until the last issue of Pip arrived in the post anyway!

The instructions were really easy to follow and I’m thrilled with the outcome. I used an old belt for the handles instead of cutting and sewing them separately from the same polypropylene fabric, because I like to walk to my local farmers market and I think it’ll be softer on my shoulders for the walk home.

Thank you, Pip, for continuing to inspire change and for reminding us that there’s still plenty of things to remain positive about in an otherwise uncertain world.



Robyn had a big day in her garden recently and asked Pip followers who else spent time in their patch.

meek.candy Me! First time after an eight-week enforced break due to over-eager grass cutting and digging up of raspberry canes … it’s been hard! My garden is my meditation, my gym and my medicine.

katyrae99 We spread the most beautiful homemade compost on our fruit trees. So satisfying!

cliff_view_orchard Sure did. And I still have the dirtcovered hands to prove it.