Foraging Edible Seaweed

Growing in our oceans and lining our beaches, seaweed is familiar to us all. But what many of us don’t realise is the nutritional benefit that seaweed offers.

The edible seaweed industry in Australia…

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Crop Rotation

Crop rotation can bring great benefits to your yields, plant health and soil health, whether you’re a market gardener, homesteader or backyard grower. Crop rotation is the principle of avoiding repeating a crop with either the same crop…

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Rental Gardening

Home ownership has long been considered the Great Australian Dream. One aspect of this dream is the freedom to develop and tend to a garden, for many years of creative expression and fulfilment. Yet census data reveals a…

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The Seaweed Solution

Seaweed is having a renaissance. For years it has been undervalued; out of sight, out of mind. However, researchers around the country and the world have begun to explore its amazing potential as an alternative to many products…

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Save Your Seeds: Broccoli

BOTANICAL NAME: Brassica oleracea. The name brassica comes from a Celtic word for cabbage, with oleracea meaning ‘vegetable-like’.

ORIGIN: Native to Europe’s western coast, broccoli is a descendant of kale. It was developed for…

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Aquaponics: The Low-Down

Aquaponics combines aquaculture and hydroponics to produce fish and plants in one integrated system, creating a symbiotic and mostly self-sustaining relationship.

Combining fish and plants isn’t a new concept, with…

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Darren J. Doherty

Darren J. Doherty grew up on the family farm near Bendigo, learning rural and farming skills from his grandfather. ‘He saw that they would hold me in good stead,’ says Darren. ‘As someone who had lived through the…

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Build Your Own Natural Swimming Pool

A natural swimming pool is a beautiful and healthy alternative to a conventional pool. By building a natural swimming pool, you are creating a self-cleaning water system that benefits both people and local wildlife, with no risk of releasing chemicals…

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Kids’ Patch

This issue’s winner is Dorian from Melbourne, for this photo with his goaty pal. Congratulations Dorian! You receive a download of Grow Do It, the latest album from Formidable Vegetable Sound System.

Parents, send…

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Letters To The Editor

Write to us and let us know what you think of the mag and your response to any of the articles. The best letter will receive a Pip magazine art print, printed with archival inks on beautiful textured archival 300gsm…

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Eat Your Weeds: Acorn

Acorns (Quercus spp.) have long been thought of as a last resort food, but these small parcels of goodness pack quite a nutritional punch when processed the right way. Processing them is important, as acorns (like tea, chocolate and red…

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Pip Picks: Things We Like


Think twice about what your wetsuit is made from before you purchase a new one, and replace a petroleum- based material with a plant-based one. Patagonia’s high-performance, neoprene-free…

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Lebanon: The Power Of Community

One day you are driving to work, living in the neighbourhood you’ve grown up in and been to school in, you’ve been to university, maybe are married, had a family, bought a house. You’re employed and have a…

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In The Garden: November – February


What to sow:

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Book Reviews


by Lily Alice and Thomas O’Quinn (Hardie Grant 2017)

Review by Samantha Allemann

This beautifully…

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Hello peeps,

So often we are looking at the land when we talk about permaculture, so I thought for a change we would explore the watery side of permaculture in its many varied forms….

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Pip Brains Trust

Question for the Pip Brains Trust? Email

What plants can I grow underneath my fruit trees to create a guild that will support them? [Jack, Cooma, NSW]

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