Pruning Citrus

Pruning citrus can often have folks bamboozled, as they’re often either full of fruit or blossoms. Simon Marshall, landscape designer, permie and pruner to the stars gives us the basics on how, when and why you might think about pruning citrus trees. Pruning Citrus by Simon Marshall There are several reasons why you may want to prune […]

When to prune fruit trees

There are as many ways to prune fruit trees as there are to skin a cat, so it’s no wonder novice pruners feel a little intimidated at the prospect of hacking away at their beloved deciduous fruit trees with a pair of secateurs. June is a great time to prune, but despite common perceptions, winter […]

Top 8 Alternative Homegrown Chicken Feed

Chooks make excellent waste disposal units for unwanted kitchen scraps, but their high-protein egg-laying requirements mean they need a little more in their diet to keep them healthy. For most of us, this comes in the form of commercial feed, which while it doesn’t cost much, might make even the most seasoned self-sufficiency convert feel… well… […]

Chicken Breeds Chart

This chicken breeds chart includes the most common chicken breeds available in Australia as backyard hens and gives you an insight into the characteristics of each breed, and whether or not they may suit your needs. We have collated a photo gallery below, with a list of each breeds characteristics so you can compare these with […]

Easy Tomato Passata Recipe

It’s tomato season, and Monique Miller from CERES in Melbourne is gearing up for the second year of the Crowd Saucing project! Here we’re sharing her two top tips to keep your tomatoes a little longer: easy tomato passata and a simple low-tech DIY version for those without a passata press… Words by Monique Miller Even if it’s not been […]

Low Tech DIY Sprouter

When the summer heat burns our lettuces, we like to keep things fresh in the salad department with home grown sprouts! There are plenty of new-fangled sprout gadgets on the market for the aspiring sprouter but the humble DIY sprouter, made of a jar, string, muslin and rubber band, is our favourite as it can be entirely […]

Nasturtium Capers Recipe

Nasturtium Capers Recipe by guest blogger Tracy Milchick a.k.a Hey Harriet So you’re growing nasturtiums and they’re scrambling across every available space in your garden. Even the spaces that weren’t available they’ve made available. They like to grow and they’re not fussy about where. Nasturtium plants have minimal requirements but provide maximum benefits. As well […]

Make your own DIY potting mix

It’s spring, and that means seed raising! We love the excitement of sprouting our own seedlings at home, but potting and seed raising mix don’t come cheap, so we’ve come up with the perfect recipe for making your own DIY potting mix. This recipe offers options to use a range of different growing mediums, depending […]

September Garden Guides

Hello Spring! Our September Garden Guides are here with all you need to know about what to do in your garden this time of year, depending on which climate zone you’re in… Cool Temperate September Garden Guide Mediterranean September Garden Guide Subtropical September Garden Guide Cool Temperate September Garden Guide by Christina Giudici of FIMBY WHAT TO PLANT? Loads of […]

Chitting Potatoes

Chitting potatoes is one of those lovely old-fashioned garden rituals many of us in more frost prone areas love to undertake come late winter. The word is a sweet old gardening term that basically means you get your tubers to sprout indoors a little while before planting. Chitting is very simple: take a few egg cartons and […]

August Garden Guides

Our August Garden Guides are here with all you need to know about what to do in your garden this time of year, depending on which climate zone you’re in… Cool Temperate July Garden Guide Mediterranean July Garden Guide Subtropical July Garden Guide Cool Temperate August Garden Guide by Christina Giudici of FIMBY August in the cool […]

July Garden Guides

Winter solstice has passed and our July Garden Guides are here with all you need to know about what to do in your garden this time of year, depending on which climate zone you’re in… Cool Temperate July Garden Guide Mediterranean July Garden Guide Subtropical July Garden Guide Cool Temperate July Garden Guide by Christina […]

Buy it Once, love it forever!

Here at Pip Magazine we’re pretty big fans of the new movement behind the “Buy it Once” concept: a whole consumption philosophy based around the permaculture principle “use & value renewable resources & services” (OK, it’s not being marketed as permaculture, but if we can see a principle in action, we’re going to call it out!). How […]

June Garden Guides

Hello winter! Our June Garden Guides are here with all you need to know about what to do in your garden this time of year, depending on which climate zone you’re in… Cool Temperate June Garden Guide Mediterranean June Garden Guide Subtropical June Garden Guide Cool Temperate June Garden Guide by Christina Giudici of FIMBY June in the […]

Winter Salad Greens

Lettuce growing slow with the coming of the cold? Here are our top winter salad greens to boost up your dinner plate with extra-leafy goodness. Perennials, weeds, bits of plants meant for other purposes – there’s plenty of sources to get some green in your belly when the going gets cold, but here are our top 7. […]

May Garden Guides

May is here, and so of course it follows that our May Garden Guides are here, with tips, tricks and to-do’s for different climates around our great southern land. Cool Temperate May Garden Guide Mediterranean May Garden Guide Cool Temperate May Garden Guide by Christina Giudici of FIMBY WHAT TO PLANT? All the things we […]

Edible succulents

Is the current craze for cacti making you go a little cray-cray? Wish your non-green-thumbed friends would grow something less sucky than succulents in their trendy concrete pots? Well, say hello to edible succulents! Here are our top five… Purslane – Portulaca oleracea Ah, purslane! We love how it pops up all over the place this time of year, tastes delicious […]

April Garden Guides

There’s lots happening in the garden in April! Our April Garden Guides will show you what to do in your patch if you live in one of the following climate zones: Cool Temperate Garden Guide Mediterranean Garden Guide Tropical Garden Guide   Cool Temperate Garden Guide by Christina Giudici of Food In My Back Yard WHAT […]

Storing apples

The easiest way to preserve apples… is not to preserve them at all but to store your apples properly in autumn so that they last into winter. The fact that apples keep has made them a mainstay of the homesteading tradition and storing them is so much easier than turning them into sauce, jelly or drying […]