Green words, by Emma

How to lead a greener lifestyle, with Emma Bowen, our previous editor.

The winter wait


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As much as I love the change of seasons, there’s something about emerging from the other side of winter you just can’t beat. New seasonal foods loom on the horizon as we shrug off bulky coats. And most importantly, after slow winter action in the garden, there’s the ultimate anticipation of the warmer weather kicking things into gear for new and lush growth.

While waiting for those warmer days to roll around (soon I tell you!) we’re doing a little garden prepping. Where I live (in Sydney) we like to kickstart early tomatoes by starting seedlings in July, while capsicum and pepper time comes in August. It’s the ultimate battle for space around the fireplace between seedlings and ourselves. You can read my tips on starting seedlings early on page 62.

Meanwhile, if you’re anything like us, you can’t help but want a good old-fashioned nosey in people’s home gardens. And when it comes to choosing who to visit, we’ve long held a list of faves. In this issue we did the rounds of some of our favourite garden gurus to check out what food they’re growing and eating at home, and picked up a plethora of tips along the way. Have a little peek on page 38.

Speaking of getting a little dirt under the nails, I’m off to do just that. This is my last issue editing Green Lifestyle magazine (sob) as I prepare to get amongst the world of urban farming. (Want to check out what I’m up to and have a laugh at me while I weed garden beds in the pouring rain? You can read more about my project or get in touch at

It has been such a pleasure trying to cram as much inspiration and helpful advice as possible into these pages on living a sustainable, ethical and happy lifestyle, and I’ve been delighted to have a crew of such friendly and enthusiastic readers. The very talented Lesley Lopes is taking the reins from here – you’ll like her, she’s a goodie. I’m sure she’d also love to hear from you on what you’d like to see more or less of in this mag, so drop her a line to say hello and share your thoughts at Ok then, I’m off to get rid of this office tan.