Kids’ patch

Fun activities to get kids interested in permaculture. Find out who our Kids Patch winners were for Issue 20. Next issue we’ve got the 2021 book Bee Detectives to give away. Written by Vanessa Ryan-Rendall and illustrated by Brenna Quinlan, it’s for any aspiring bee detective who wants to learn how to attract native bees to their backyard.

Read and Watch

The books and films inspiring you to make a difference: Even if you think you know a lot about soil, by reading Matthew Evans’ tome on the good dirt you are guaranteed to find out more. Starting with a history of how the earth formed and created the soils we grow our food in, Soil proceeds to explain just how much we have neglected, over-ploughed, over-grazed and depleted the earth’s thin layer of topsoil that keeps us alive.

Tried & True

Pip Product Tests
Where we use and review products that nourish us and the planet. We review a Kimchi kit from The Fermentary, a compostable alternative to cling wrap made from potato waste and compostable biopolymers', and Robyns favourite gardening tool.

Seed Germination:
From Little Things

Growing your own food from such a tiny seed can be really empowering, but many people find it challenging. Successful germination is about providing the right environment for particular seeds to flourish. And once you get the hang of it,…

Homemade Cleaning Products: Laundry Powder

Homemade laundry detergents are more sustainable, better for your health and significantly less expensive than store-bought options. Not surprisingly, commercially available laundry products aim to do two things well in order to attract returning customers. They’re designed to get your…

Head Start:
Seed-Raising Box

Successful seed germination requires three important things: warmth, light and moisture. With some recycled timber, you can create the perfect seed-raising environment. As we wait for the soil to warm up this time of year, there are many places around our homes well suited to raising seeds for spring planting. The goal is finding a place which is nice and warm to promote germination and protect your young seedlings from the elements, but still with plenty of light to guide the new shoots to the surface.

Earthen Floors:
Higher Ground

Earthen floors have been used in buildings for thousands of years. As well as an effective way to passively heat and cool your home, they’re aesthetically beautiful, kind to the environment and delightful to walk on. It’s estimated between ten…

Making Change:
Teen Spirit

Fifteen-year-old Maia Raymond isn’t your average teenager. As the eldest child of permaculture educator Morag Gamble and a resident of Crystal Waters ecovillage, Maia has been gifted with firsthand permaculture experience most adults spend decades trying to obtain. With a Permaculture Design Course completed at the age of 12, and a network of well-connected contacts, Maia is making the most of her experience to forge her own world-changing path. And it begins with the youth.

Watch and Act

Working smarter, not harder is a good way to create a resilient, high-yielding garden. And simple observation is the stepping stone for smart design. To observe and interact is the first of David Holmgren’s 12 permaculture principles and arguably the most significant. It’s nearly impossible to create a resilient permaculture system without careful observation. Nature is a living, breathing ecosystem and the only way to truly understand it is to get out there and immerse yourself in it. Permaculture educators Angelo Eliades and Kat Lavers share their insights on how observing and interacting with their backyards over the years has led to the success of their renowned permaculture systems.

Pig & Earth Farm:
Put To Pasture

Getting access to pasture-raised pork is far harder than it ought to be, but there are two young Victorians working hard to make a living out of ethical farming. Will and Emma’s work is really important for humans and animals alike. If you were a pig you would go to extraordinary lengths to live on their land, for they raise pigs on pasture as opposed to dark concrete sheds. Will butchers the meat they grow and it’s sold it through a community-supported agriculture (CSA) model. They both have off-farm jobs; Emma works full-time as an environmental campaigner and Will works at a nursery. Their Pig & Earth Farm is located on Dja Dja Wurrung country, just outside of Kingston in Victoria. They are young, passionate and committed to farming that cares for land, pigs and people.

Local Travel:
Here To Stay

We all dream of planning grand adventures. Of making lists, of packing, saddling up and setting off to create memories that will last a lifetime. But now more than ever, human lives are busy and complicated. As well as work pressures, there’s more often than not other lives – human or otherwise – which rely on our inputs and which impede on the realities of being able to get away for much longer than a day or two. And that’s before we take into account the travel restrictions. But what if we could all look at our current situations as an opportunity to make realistic plans for adventures that still give us the mental nourishment of ‘getting away’. Adventures that can also support our many local communities still suffering the economic consequences of bushfires and lockdowns.

Milk Kefir:
Counter Culture

This understated star of fermented foods has been around for centuries, providing extraordinary bacterial assistance to the human microbiome. If you’re into living, probiotic foods and you already have a sourdough starter bubbling away on your kitchen bench or a…

Letters To The Editor

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…

Native Ingredients:

Australia’s history can be told through food; we ate mutton with potatoes – the cuisine of England. Later we ate Chinese because, even though the country distanced itself from the Asian gold miners, the food was fresh and flavoursome. Each new wave of migration had us eating Indian, Italian, Greek, Vietnamese and African foods. Anything but Australian. Cook these recipes, but remember that you can’t eat our Aboriginal food if you can’t swallow our history. Australian Aboriginal people domesticated, cooked and cared for foods which are adapted to our country’s climate and fertility. Most of those foods are perennial and sequester carbon; handy attributes in a drying climate. And we did it for around 100,000 years.

International Projects

Mexico’s first permaculture ecovillage, Huehuecoyotl was set up on 15 acres some 40 years ago by a group of artists, musicians, teachers, permaculturalists and green architects. The founders were part of a travelling group of actors called the Illuminated Elephants who were looking to put down some roots, and so created a beautiful space brimming with creative energy. The name Huehuecoyotl is inspired very aptly by the Aztec god of music, poetry, theatre and dance.

Growing Peas:
Keeping The Peas


Biting into a sweet, crunchy pea pod straight from the vine is a highlight of any gardener’s year. As diverse as they are versatile, the humble pea is a nutritious and easy-to-grow annual that deserves a space in every home…


As both predators and prey, frogs are an important link in the food chain. Encouraging them to take up residency in your garden is beneficial and easy to do. Of nearly 8000 species of frogs worldwide, Australia is home to…

In the garden:

map of aussie

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…

Onion Weed

Onion weed (Allium triquetrum) is pretty edible which has many uses in the kitchen. All parts of the plant are edible; from the flower right down to the bulb and they make an excellent alternative to young leeks, or while you’re waiting to harvest the first of your garlic. Onion weed thrives in wet and shady areas and is often found along creek edges, roadside drains and backyards. Onion weed reproduces two ways, which is why it’s so prolific in some areas. It spreads by seeds which form after flowering and also vegetatively, by the production of numerous underground bulblets.

Coffee Grounds


Using spent coffee grounds is one more way for us to turn so-called waste into a useful and valuable resource around the home. An average cafe collects around 320 kilograms of coffee grounds each month and if it gets put…

Brains Trust


SEED SAVING Can I save the seeds from a pumpkin I purchased from the supermarket? It’s not a good idea, because cucurbits – think pumpkins, squash, cucumbers and zucchinis – cross-pollinate really easily. This means if your neighbour is growing…



I want to talk about special quality of my people, one I believe to be the most important, and our most unique gift. In our language, this special quality is called dadirri. It is inner, deep listening and quiet, still…

Pip Picks:
Things We Like

In Pip Picks: Things we like, we share some great ethical products that we love, such as the Burgon & Ball National Trust Pocket Knife, Build Your Own Bedding Bundle, the Big Green Monster Co plant food range and more..

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Introducing 2021’s Pip Permie awards! Nominations are open for the 2021 Pip Permie Awards which recognise the individuals and organisations working tirelessly to create positive change. As Australia’s leading permaculture title, Pip will reward the businesses, people and projects who…


In the face of climate change and all that is currently challenging our world, planting and saving seeds to grow food is one of the most powerful actions we can take. An act of radical hope, it is taking control…

Issue 21 Flipbook

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Pip Magazine: Spring – Issue 21 Pip’s spring issue brings you ideas and inspiration that will help you nourish yourself and the planet. With articles to help you enhance your wellbeing with local escapes, increase gut health by making your own…

Issue 19 Flipbook

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In Issue 19 we explore how to plan your crop rotation the right way, ways to sleep better naturally, and how to make Kimchi. We also look at how to connect to country, no matter where you are.

Issue 18 Flipbook

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In Issue 18 we explore how to grow your own corn, protect your crops from fruit fly, and find food in the most unlikely places. We also explore a beautiful earth and straw home in the Victorian Highlands, bake delicious sourdough, and look at ways that we can all becoming a bit more self-reliant.
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