Issue 21

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Growing Peas:
Keeping The Peas

Shelling peas are sometimes referred to as garden 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…

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Seed Germination:
From Little Things

The way different varieties emerge from a seed depends on their size and shape. 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…

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Native Ingredients:
WARNDU MAI

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…

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Milk Kefir:
Counter Culture

Kept at room temperature, well-fed kefir grains will multiply 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…

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Earthen Floors:
Higher Ground

The subfloor is just as important to get right as the top layer. 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…

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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…

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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…

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Observation:
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…

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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…

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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…

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Homemade Cleaning Products: Laundry Powder

There are plenty of reasons why homemade laundry powder makes good sense. 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…

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Pip Noticeboard

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 best demonstrate permaculture’s three key…

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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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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…

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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 a different variety than you,…

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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 editorial@pipmagazine.com.au Start where you are…

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Dadirri

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 awareness. Ngangikurungkurr means deep water…

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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…

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Frogs

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 more than 230. Hugely diverse,…

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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 into landfill, where it breaks…

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In the garden:
August-November

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 the moisture in our soils…

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Tried & True

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.

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Editorial

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 of how the food you…

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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…

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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…

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Issue 21 Flipbook

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 milk kefir and find out…

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