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 it would have had less…

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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 know exactly what type of…

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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. Yet it is a finite resource, shared between an ever-growing population, all…

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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 experiencing a recycling crisis as…

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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 you feel like having a…

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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.

A permablitz sees a group of people come together to implement a…

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Bill Mollison’s Permaculture Principles

The concept of permaculture can be difficult to define. Often people have a basic understanding but find it hard to really grasp the concepts behind it that make it different from just organic gardening or sustainable living. What sets permaculture apart is that it is…

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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 are the most common pets…

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Permaculture Africa: Feeding The Farmers First

Poverty in many rural African villages is extreme. Up to half of the children in these villages are still suffering from stunting and malnutrition. Soil degradation and poor crop yields are ubiquitous. Fifty years of projects run by donor and government groups aimed at the…

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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.

These cowls can be made with any type…

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How To Build A Cold Frame

heat-loving plans to thrive. The magic behind them is that they help extend the season of your crops, meaning you’re stretching summer at either end. This is always a good thing when your winters are long and drizzly.

Unlike hothouses or glasshouses, cold frames are built…

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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 copy of Milkwood’s latest book Easy Peasy Gardening For Kids. To be…

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The Healing Power Of Bone Broth

Bone broth, or stock, is a culinary art and medicinal food that has been used for generations and has recently made a comeback as a popular gut healing food. Broth is made when animal bones are simmered gently for many hours in a pot of…

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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 waste, grow our own food,…

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Permaculture Around The World


Husband and wife team Marlene and Robert Founder started an NGO called Trees Of Life, with the aim of improving quality of life in the Mongolian countryside and giving people self-worth through horticulture and training using permaculture principles. Trees of Life is in…

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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, sharing the largest collection of permaculture principles, strategies, attitudes, ethics and design methods, learned…

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Save the date! On Sunday 19th April 2020, the next APC will begin with a Permaculture Festival open to all at Northey Street City Farm in Brisbane. Then, for those who have completed a Permaculture Design Course (PDC), conference talks, workshops and more will be…

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Brains Trust: Waste-Free Living

This issue we’re answering your questions about waste-free living. Got a burning question? You haven’t missed out. You can email us ( and we will answer your question on our blog over at

I feel a bit overwhelmed with all the information on waste, and…

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Permaculture plant: Coffee

We all love coffee, but often the beans have travelled a long way to reach our cup. Is it possible to grow it yourself and cut down on those food miles?

Generally, coffee is grown in warmer climates. In Australia, this means from Northern NSW, South…

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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 with pigface, Carpobrotus rossii), it…

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Permaculture animal: Dog

Dogs are a very popular pet, being the most common pet in Australia. They can provide various services in a permaculture system, however they need good training, space to run and a sustainable source of food, so serious planning is required before deciding to add…

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Save your seeds: Rocket

BOTANICAL NAME: Eruca sativa. Eruca is the old Latin name for rocket and sativa means cultivated.


Despite renewed culinary interest in rocket, it is not a modern plant. It has been eaten for its tender though acrid leaves for at least 2000 years throughout western and…

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In The Garden: July – October

• July: Beetroot, lettuce, mustard greens, onions, peas, radish.

• August: Artichoke, asparagus (crowns), beetroot, cabbage (summer varieties), capsicum (undercover), chilli (undercover), eggplant, kohlrabi, leek, lettuce, melon (undercover), parsnip, peas, potatoes, radish, rocket, spring onion, strawberry (runners), sunflower, thyme, tomato (undercover).

• September: Artichoke, asparagus (plant cloves),…

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Book Reviews

This book is one family’s guide to reducing waste in our lives. It’s not judgemental; they’re not telling us what to do. They are just giving us the information, advice, recipes and projects we’ll need to start making change. They explore every aspect of our…

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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 each issue there is at least one idea that you can take away…

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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 Pip Magazine art print, printed…

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