Issue 14 Flipbook

This is our waste-free issue of Pip Magazine.
We have articles on reducing waste in the kitchen, we look at how to keep waste-free pets and how to reduce the waste of our most precious resource, water.
The whale on the cover represents the animals…

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Growing Nutrient Dense Food

Vegetables, fruits and grains are a major source of vital nutrients, but generations of intensive agriculture have depleted our soils to historical lows. As a result, the broccoli you eat today may have less than half the vitamins and minerals…

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Waste Not: Reducing Waste In The Kitchen

It feels difficult to reduce your waste when you go to the shops and everything seems to be individually wrapped in plastic. Recycling was once an important part of the waste hierarchy, helping keep resources from landfill, but Australia is…

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Grow Your Own Herbal Teas

There are so many great reasons to grow your own herbal teas. Having a range of herbs on your doorstep, each with varying flavours and health benefits, is the main one. You will also have fresh organic tea available whenever…

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Permablitz: Working Together

As its name suggests, a permablitz is a permaculture version of a backyard blitz. It’s a great way for like-minded people to get together, share knowledge, food and friendship, and build better edible gardens.

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Waste-Free Pets

People clearly love having pets and have done so throughout history. The majority of pet owners view their animals as being part of the family. In Australia, approximately 62 per cent of households own a pet— domestic dogs and cats…

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Growing Potatoes

The humble potato is a staple in the diets of most Australians. It makes sense then to grow them at home. The benefits of a freshly dug spud go beyond the incredible flavour; when you grow your own potatoes, you…

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Winter Woollen Cowl Pattern

Most people have a preference for either crocheting or knitting, so here’s a pattern for each. These are super simple patterns that will make you a beautiful woollen cowl to keep your neck warm in the cooler months.


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Reducing Water Waste

There is so much focus on reducing waste at the moment, but what is often forgotten is the waste of our most precious resource of all: water.

Every living being needs water to survive….

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Environmental Guilt

Finally the concept of living sustainably is becoming more mainstream and people are becoming increasingly aware of the environmental issues of our time. As we engage with mainstream media and social media we are seeing more ways to reduce our…

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Letters To The Editor

Email your letters and photos to au. We’d love to hear what you think of Pip and if you’ve embarked on any projects as a result of our articles. Each issue, one published entrant will receive a limited edition…

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Pip Picks: Things We Like


This creative card deck is designed to support your permaculture practice, learning, teaching, designing and consulting. This work is the culmination of 16 years of permaculture design study by Delvin Solkinson,…

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How To Build A Cold Frame

A cold frame is a welcome addition to any cool temperate garden as it provides a warm microclimate for heat-loving plans to thrive. The magic behind them is that they help extend the season of your crops, meaning you’re stretching…

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19–23 April 2020, Brisbane, QLD

Save the date! On Sunday 19th April 2020, the next APC will begin with a Permaculture Festival open to all…

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Kids’ Patch

Our kids’ patch winner for issue 14 is Hunter Williams from the Otways in Victoria. Congratulations! You’ve won the Formidable Vegetable Sound System’s CD, Grow Do It.

Next issue we are giving away a…

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Brains Trust: Waste-Free Living

Answered by Lauren and Oberon Carter, authors of A Family Guide to Waste-Free Living (Pan Macmillan Australia 2019)

This issue we’re answering your questions about waste-free living. Got a burning question? You haven’t missed…

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Eat your weeds: Purslane

Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) can be seen as an annoying weed, but for those in the know, it is an abundant source of valuable vitamins and nutrients and is a tasty food source. Also known as pigweed (not to be confused…

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Hey people,

When I put together an issue of Pip, I hope to create a beautiful publication full of ideas, inspiration and information about living more sustainably using permaculture principles. I hope that in…

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