Issues

11. Money

The romantic side of me feels like plants are above money. A reprieve from it’s perceived constraints, and an antidote to the pain it can cause. Perhaps in a way they are, but in so many other ways they’re not. Plants are a commodity. We can put a value on plants sold in nurseries, flowers sold in florists, and vegetables from the greengrocer. But once the transaction is over and the plant is planted, placed in a vase, eaten, does its value change?

A World Without Money?!

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Mondrian: Funded by Flowers

Art & Design, CultureIts funny to think of being ashamed of making money from flowers, but apparently Mondrian was. I…

Plant/Life: Lindsey Baudinet’s Birchgrove Garden

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Richard Unsworth: 20-ish Cheeky Questions

PeopleRichard Unsworth has a wonderful eye for beauty. His shop, Garden Life, in the Sydney suburb of…

Crispy Polenta Squares with sauteed dandelion

HarvestMost people would recognise dandelions from their childhood, picking the yellow flowers and blowing the dried seed…

Propagating Plants – Save some $$!

How-ToIf you want to make a garden but don’t have much money, propagation is your friend. What…

Recipe: Chickweed & Mallow Salad With Pear, Hazelnuts, & Balsamic Reduction

HarvestChickweed and Mallow are very common weeds in our area of Sydney. They also happen to be…

20 Cheeky Questions: Greg Hatton

PeopleGreg Hatton carves out his living from plants. Wood, to be exact. When I visited him and his…

The Peasants of Pleasantville: A visit to Seed Savers HQ

HarvestMichel and Jude Fanton are some of the seediest folk I’ve ever met, in the best possible…

Reilluminate: A Photographic Exploration

Art & DesignMost of our relationships with plants are during the day, during the magic of photosynthesis; a time…

The Big Business of Food

HarvestThe National Farmer’s Federation says that each Australian farmer produces enough food to feed 600 people annually…

Recipe: Stinging Nettle Tart with Goat’s Curd & Parsley

HarvestStinging nettles sting. We all know that. They’re also weeds. But, as always, there are two sides…

Grown, Gathered and Shared

HarvestMoney. It’s really not my thing. I’m not good at counting it, managing it or asking people…

Recipe: Nasturtium Pesto Linguine

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Money Grows on Trees in Mexico!

CultureIn Mexico City money grows on a great number of trees. They’re not scarce and most homes…

The Temple of Flora

Art & DesignStories of unappreciated artistic genius always strike a chord, and The Temple of Flora – the unpublished…