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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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 summer at either end. This…

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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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Permaculture Around The World

SUSTAINABLE ORCHARD, MONGOLIA Photo courtesy of the projects www.treesoflifemongolia.org 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…

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Pip Picks: Things We Like

PERMACULTURE DESIGN DECK 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…

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Noticeboard

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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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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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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In The Garden: July – October

Seasonal garden guides for all climates.
• 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,…

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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.

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Editorial

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

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