I love olives and Maggie Beer, so it didn't take much for this Gardening Australia July cover to attract my attention. And, my, so much to learn and do for the amateur horticulturalist, like singing to the plants, potting natives, controlling the bindii and pruning. Creating little green thumbs is catered to by a review of books about plants and animals to foster an appreciation for the natural world from an early age (think The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Diary of a Wombat, Last Tree in the City... where is Possum Magic?), while cook and olive connoisseur Beer, who offers her tips for growing and pickling, says, "choosing the right olive depends on climate and personal taste". Skip past the python, take a trip to Darwin and contemplate "the new idealism of sustainability" as Michael McCoy awaits the earthmover.
Girl With a Satchel