WHAT TO PLANT IN WINTER – May-August

Seasonal garden guides for Australian climates. What to plant in Winter including May, June, July, August. As seen in our kitchen garden calendar.

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. By planning what you sow to coincide with the phases of the moon best suited to the type of vegetable and how you’re planting, you’ll give yourself a higher chance of success as well as increase your yields.

KIDS’ PATCH – Create, find, learn & laugh

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We love seeing what kids are growing with their families in their gardens, so snap and email us an image of what you’re harvesting at the moment. Send the photo to editorial@pipmagazine.com.au to win a copy of Harriet’s Hungry Worms by Samantha Smith and Melissa Johns. This issue’s winner is Gracie Jarman from Rosebud, Victoria.

LOOK & LISTEN – book, film and podcast reviews

The books, films & podcasts inspiring you to make a difference

BOOKS

CREATIVE FIRST AID

THE SCIENCE & JOY OF CREATIVITY FOR MENTAL HEALTH

BY CAITLIN MARSHALL & LIZZIE ROSE (MURDOCH BOOKS 2024)

Being creative is good for us: it lowers our stress hormones, calms our nervous system and can get us into a flow state. Our innate creativity is part of being human, but it’s easy to forget, especially since many of us have been told that we are ‘no good’ at art.

TRIED & TRUE – Product tests

Where we use and review products that nourish us and the planet

Felco
SECATEURS

Review by Julie Bennett

As someone who’s worked in vineyards, orchards and market gardens, I have a healthy appreciation for high- quality secateurs. I’ve used a lot of different brands over the years and have settled on Swiss brand Felco as my preferred pruners.

They’re not cheap, but they’re well made, ergonomically designed, have some clever features and there’s a big range of spare parts available, meaning there’s no reason why they won’t last for many years.

PIP PARTNER – Nature’s Cuppa

Witnessing firsthand the benefits of eating healthy organic food set Ken Henderson on a path that saw Nature’s Cuppa launch in 1984.

It was the transformation he saw in a friend that convinced Ken Henderson to quit his job in radio and get involved in the health-food scene.

‘He was one of these people who was just always sick,’ Ken recalls. ‘When he and his wife made a decision to eat a healthy diet, it changed him enormously.’

EDITORIAL

Editorial Robyn Rosenfeldt

Welcome to our winter issue of Pip. For me winter means the lighting of the fire in the evening, the smell of woodsmoke, growing winter vegies, exhilarating surfs in ice-cold water, knitting, fermenting and trying to find some time to rest.

As Nat Mendham explains in her article on ‘radical rest’ (p68), we too ‘can accept permission to rest, hibernate and go dormant in winter like we witness nature doing all around us’. Nat reminds us that sometimes the most productive thing we can do is to rest and restore our finite energy.

Issue 31 Flipbook

Issue 31 Digital

Pip’s Issue 31 is packed full of inspiration and information on a diverse range of earth-conscious topics.
Hannah Maloney takes us to the South Australian farm that kickstarted her love of permaculture, learn how to attract native birds to your garden using native plants and hear how a woman is confronting death head-on using family, friends, love and colour.
We dig down into getting the best from your root vegetable crops this autumn and look at the pros and cons of the various ways to keep your patch hydrated. We’ll show you how spices can add warmth and complexity to your favourite desserts and look at the decades-old preserving recipes that have stood the tests of time.
As well as our regular pieces on foraging, seed saving and reducing waste, you’ll tour a sustainably built house that’s home to a family practising intergenerational living and learn how to breathe new life into old furniture.

GOING TO GROUND – Your guide to growing root vegetables

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Root vegetables like carrots, beetroots, parsnips and radishes are staples in our kitchens and vegetable gardens. Let’s dig down into how to grow your own bunch of crunchy carrots or bountiful beets.

Root crops are versatile vegetables that produce an edible swollen root or base of stem, either below or at the soil surface. Interestingly, not all are from the same family – swedes, turnips and radishes are from the Brassica family, beetroot is a relative of silverbeet in the Amaranthaceae family, and carrot and parsnip are part of the huge Apiaceae or Umbelliferae family.

All prefer to grow in full sun (at least six hours) and have similar requirements when it comes to soil and climate. They have provided a valuable food source of minerals, carbohydrates and fibre as staple crops throughout history and, with only a little effort, could be a tasty addition to your vegetable garden too.

WELL WATERED – Finding the best way to water your garden

water

Water is the lifeblood of a garden – but should you hand-water, install an irrigation system or plug in a sprinkler? Let’s consider the best way to water your garden that will help keep our plants happy and hydrated.

Without water, plants would not survive. It makes up the majority of their cells and carries essential nutrients around the plant. Water is both used and produced during photosynthesis, a chemical process occurring in the plant’s cells to convert energy from the sun and carbon dioxide from the air into oxygen and energy the plant uses to grow.

Water also helps plants regulate their temperature by being transpired, or evaporated, from tiny pores in their leaves. Plant cells plump with water are also more flexible and able to better withstand wind and heat – cells that dry out will show up on the plant as brown patches or tips on leaves and stems.