Issue 22

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Issue 22 Flipbook

The summer issue of Pip is packed full of inspiration and information on a diverse range of earth-conscious topics. We ask the experts how they trellis their tomatoes for the best-quality yields, take you on a tour of a tiny house on Magnetic Island and…

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Growing Capsicum – Ground Peppers

Sweet pepper, bell pepper or capsicum, regardless of what you call it, this versatile vegetable is a firm favourite in households worldwide. As easy to grow in pots as they are in the ground, and with many varieties to choose from, capsicums are a delicious…

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Trellising Tomatoes – Stake Holders

There are so many variables when it comes to working out the best technique for trellising tomatoes. We can learn a lot from people who grow them for a living.

Opinions on the best way to trellis your tomatoes are many and varied. And for lots…

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Fermented Drink – Rye Kvass

Beet kvass is becoming well known among the fermented drink offerings now, but Sharon Flynn from The Fermentary in Daylesford, Victoria, loves this darker, more beer-like version made from bread.

Drink your stale bread? Yes! Ferment those leftovers and within a week or two it will…

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Backyard to Bowl – Homegrown Laksa Paste

Laksa is a delicious medley of flavours originating in Malaysia and South-East Asia. Full of fresh ingredients, many are medicinal and most are easy to grow, especially if you live in a tropical climate.

Laksa has become iconic in the Australian city of Darwin, a multicultural…

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Tiny Home – A Little For A Lot

For a yoga teacher with a passion for permaculture, building a tiny home from recycled materials became the perfect way to connect with her family and community.

Thirty-one-year-old Jess Hay grew up near Townsville, Queensland, with a large vegetable patch, free-range chickens and plenty of homegrown…

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Small-scale Farming – Fare Share

With just enough money to pay for compost and mulch, plus a generous donation of land, Justin Hartley established the thriving and popular Duck Foot Farm: the first notill, small-scale and land-share farm in the Southern Highlands in New South Wales.

The importance of soil biology…

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Permaculture Design – Planning Your Place

Turning a challenging piece of land into a productive permaculture patch doesn’t need to be as daunting or as difficult as you might think. Successful design starts with providing honest answers to the right questions.

Michelle and her two kids live in the northern suburbs of…

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Taking Stock – Making Change

The upheaval of the past two years has had many people contemplating making a change. Whether it be a tree change, a career switch or something personal, it can be tricky to translate that hope into reality.

Two friends, Jo Smith and Bonnie Tuttle have both…

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Indigenous Teachings – Timeless Traditions

Patricia Ellis has devoted her life to teaching Aboriginal language and culture. Not only helping Indigenous Australians reconnect to their heritage, but also teaching non- Indigenous people ways to develop a deeper connection to Country and a genuine respect for the oldest culture on earth.


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Natural Building – Earth Oven

Whether it’s for pizzas, bread or slow-cooked roasts, earth ovens are delightful to use and made from natural and breathable materials.

Building your own earth oven is a great place to start your natural building journey and an excellent way to test the clay content of…

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Activist Patch – Strawberry Brooch

Patches and brooches are fun to make and a colourful way to express yourself or your feelings. They can be made from just about anything, be sewn or pinned on a bag, on a cushion or worn proudly on your chest.

The only thing that makes…

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Pip Noticeboard

When is the best time to mulch my garden?

Soil never wants to be bare, so whether you use your plants as a living mulch or cover the soil around your plants, always ensuring you don’t have exposed or bare soil reduces degradation. There are times…

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Pip Picks – Things We Like

Hello Snowglobe

Every year, Australians throw away around 350,000 km of wrapping paper. Why not opt to use reusable wrap this festive season which can form part of your gift for friends and loved ones. With a large range of festive and decorative…

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Five Of A Kind – Sustainable Party Ideas

Birthday celebrations can be a haven for single-use plastics. Between balloons, tableware, decorations and gifts, the landfill created in a single day may far exceed what you’d otherwise create, but often and understandably justified by their once-a-year occurrence.

With the current pandemic upon us, money may…

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International Projects

In the Mayan highlands on the shores of Lake Atitlán of Guatemala is the Instituto Mesoamericano de Permacultura. It was created in 2000 by a group of Indigenous Maya Kakchiquel people dedicated to reclaiming native seeds and traditional Indigenous knowledge systems, and have chosen to…

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Brains Trust

When is the best time to mulch my garden?

Soil never wants to be bare, so whether you use your plants as a living mulch or cover the soil around your plants, always ensuring you don’t have exposed or bare soil reduces degradation. There are times…

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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

From the start

I just wanted…

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Urban Foraging – Wild Mustard

Native to Europe, Asia and northern parts of Africa, wild mustard (Sinapis arvensis), also known as field mustard or charlock, is one of the tastiest and most versatile weeds in the brassica family.

The whole plant of wild mustard is edible and its botanical name, Sinapis,…

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Save Your Seeds – Eggplant

Solanum melongena – solanum is Latin for nightshade, melongena is Greek for ‘sprung from a fruit tree’.


The purple eggplant, now so common, was domesticated in India and Burma; it arrived in China by the fourth century. Arabic people introduced Europeans to the delights of eggplant…

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In The Garden – November-February

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 and plants….

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Tried & True

The number of commercially available cling wrap products claiming to be compostable is on the rise. It means companies are recognising how important it is to stamp out plastics, but it also means they’re reacting to the demands of the buying public which is great…

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Kids’ Patch

Our kids’ patch winners for this issue are Hettie & Poppy Knight from Raworth, NSW, you’ve won a copy of the 2021 book Bee Detectives, written by Vanessa Ryan-Rendall and illustrated by Brenna Quinlan. It’s for any aspiring bee detective who wants to learn how…

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Read & Watch

Chef Annie Smithers takes us on a generously honest journey of finding, connecting to and regenerating land that can support her family, her restaurant and her desire to live more sustainably.

Part cookbook, part journal, Recipe for a Kinder Life is a warts-and-all account of the…

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We have all been spending a lot more time at home lately. And it has given us an opportunity to become more familiar with our local spaces. Whether that be our own gardens, if we have them, our verges, our local parks and, if we’re…

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