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  1. Letsgokate

    *Warning* TIP MULCH - Please Read

    Thanks Stevo, setbacks as far as gardening can be caught back up and get back on track. Main concern is Chris's health and warning others so they don't go through this. With tip mulch there is...
    Thanks Stevo, setbacks as far as gardening can be caught back up and get back on track. Main concern is Chris's health and warning others so they don't go through this. With tip mulch there is varying degrees of composting happening. It's not just a pile of chipped garden clippings, they pile...
    Thanks Stevo, setbacks as far as gardening can be caught back up and get back on track. Main concern is Chris's health and warning others so they don't go through this. With tip mulch there is varying degrees of composting happening. It's not...
    Thanks Stevo, setbacks as far as gardening can be caught back up and get back on track. Main concern is Chris's health and warning others so they don't go through this. With tip mulch there is...
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  2. IanB

    What on earth is this .....

    Fungi can be great to photograph, so many interesting ones.
    Fungi can be great to photograph, so many interesting ones.
    Fungi can be great to photograph, so many interesting ones.
    Fungi can be great to photograph, so many interesting ones.

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  3. Letsgokate

    Blue Tongue Lizard

    One of the reasons bluies are not about so much nowadays is snail bait. They get poisoned too when they eat the snails that have eaten bait.
    One of the reasons bluies are not about so much nowadays is snail bait. They get poisoned too when they eat the snails that have eaten bait.
    One of the reasons bluies are not about so much nowadays is snail bait. They get poisoned too when they eat the snails that have eaten bait.
    One of the reasons bluies are not about so much nowadays is snail bait. They get poisoned too when they eat the snails that have eaten bait.
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  4. Bea

    Wildlife -Squirrels

    Yes we have Possums and they create a lot of extra work protecting our produce. I don't mind sharing some but not all.
    Yes we have Possums and they create a lot of extra work protecting our produce. I don't mind sharing some but not all.
    Yes we have Possums and they create a lot of extra work protecting our produce. I don't mind sharing some but not all.
    Yes we have Possums and they create a lot of extra work protecting our produce. I don't mind sharing some but not all.
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  5. Janine

    Cats and heartache

    This is a really frustrating problem and as we all know too well there's never any easy solutions to pet disputes in suburbia. Our neighbour's dog is a constant barker whenever he sees us in our...
    This is a really frustrating problem and as we all know too well there's never any easy solutions to pet disputes in suburbia. Our neighbour's dog is a constant barker whenever he sees us in our front yard he yapps no end and that's annoying but nothing compared to your cat issue Janine! I...
    This is a really frustrating problem and as we all know too well there's never any easy solutions to pet disputes in suburbia. Our neighbour's dog is a constant barker whenever he sees us in our front yard he yapps no end and that's annoying but...
    This is a really frustrating problem and as we all know too well there's never any easy solutions to pet disputes in suburbia. Our neighbour's dog is a constant barker whenever he sees us in our...
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  6. Jenny
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    Cancer Bush (lessertia Frutescens)

    Cannabis Oil is gaining traction here in South Africa as well and I contemplated trying it out when I stopped taking Epilim, but cannabis oil is very expensive and you can only get it with a...
    Cannabis Oil is gaining traction here in South Africa as well and I contemplated trying it out when I stopped taking Epilim, but cannabis oil is very expensive and you can only get it with a prescription from doctor, so I opted to go the Gota Kula route instead and I am not sorry because not...
    Cannabis Oil is gaining traction here in South Africa as well and I contemplated trying it out when I stopped taking Epilim, but cannabis oil is very expensive and you can only get it with a prescription from doctor, so I opted to go the Gota...
    Cannabis Oil is gaining traction here in South Africa as well and I contemplated trying it out when I stopped taking Epilim, but cannabis oil is very expensive and you can only get it with a...
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  7. Cathy
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    Minipop Corn

    Learn something new every day... :cheers:
    Learn something new every day... :cheers:
    Learn something new every day... :cheers:
    Learn something new every day... :cheers:
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  8. Auron Leonhart

    Happy Father's Day from the USA!

    I don't have any kids as of yet and no I did not :)
    I don't have any kids as of yet and no I did not :)
    I don't have any kids as of yet and no I did not :)
    I don't have any kids as of yet and no I did not :)
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  9. LoveInNature
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    Moon And Stars Watermelon

    I was looking at them a while ago but didn't like the seeds in them.
    I was looking at them a while ago but didn't like the seeds in them.
    I was looking at them a while ago but didn't like the seeds in them.
    I was looking at them a while ago but didn't like the seeds in them.
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  10. Mark
    Funny x 3

    Free plant from Bunnings!

    Mark, you could always have a mulch-a-thon or prune-a-thon take the best and give away the rest ... Teach and get work done all in one day!!
    Mark, you could always have a mulch-a-thon or prune-a-thon take the best and give away the rest ... Teach and get work done all in one day!!
    Mark, you could always have a mulch-a-thon or prune-a-thon take the best and give away the rest ... Teach and get work done all in one day!!
    Mark, you could always have a mulch-a-thon or prune-a-thon take the best and give away the rest ... Teach and get work done all in one day!!

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  11. OskarDoLittle

    Any New South Welsh landowners?

    The local council are in charge of & will have the relevant bylaws you are seeking, Oscar. Also remember that your neighbours are required to share the cost of the basic fencing 50/50. In Qld it...
    The local council are in charge of & will have the relevant bylaws you are seeking, Oscar. Also remember that your neighbours are required to share the cost of the basic fencing 50/50. In Qld it is generally a 4 barb fence suitable to hold average cattle or horses. 5barbs if calves are...
    The local council are in charge of & will have the relevant bylaws you are seeking, Oscar. Also remember that your neighbours are required to share the cost of the basic fencing 50/50. In Qld it is generally a 4 barb fence suitable to hold...
    The local council are in charge of & will have the relevant bylaws you are seeking, Oscar. Also remember that your neighbours are required to share the cost of the basic fencing 50/50. In Qld it...
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  12. Mark
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    Bokashi Compost Bucket For Kitchen Scraps Indoor Composter (maze)

    I think the Bokashi was developed mostly for city folk living in high rise who don't have access to real soil. Nonetheless it seems to work well to a point, which is when you are making too much...
    I think the Bokashi was developed mostly for city folk living in high rise who don't have access to real soil. Nonetheless it seems to work well to a point, which is when you are making too much volume of scraps for its capacity. I have also heard of people who have 2 or more of them on their...
    I think the Bokashi was developed mostly for city folk living in high rise who don't have access to real soil. Nonetheless it seems to work well to a point, which is when you are making too much volume of scraps for its capacity. I have also...
    I think the Bokashi was developed mostly for city folk living in high rise who don't have access to real soil. Nonetheless it seems to work well to a point, which is when you are making too much...

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  13. Mark

    Question What's the perfect sized property for Self-Sufficient living?

    Hi just my 2 cents worth, I had an 80 acre farm, had draft horses and crosses for work, ride and drive pleasure, grew hay, had veggie gsrden and fruit trees. The regulations here (USA) property...
    Hi just my 2 cents worth, I had an 80 acre farm, had draft horses and crosses for work, ride and drive pleasure, grew hay, had veggie gsrden and fruit trees. The regulations here (USA) property along a stream or watershed was now strictly regulated and no livestock within 50 ft of the creek. So...
    Hi just my 2 cents worth, I had an 80 acre farm, had draft horses and crosses for work, ride and drive pleasure, grew hay, had veggie gsrden and fruit trees. The regulations here (USA) property along a stream or watershed was now strictly...
    Hi just my 2 cents worth, I had an 80 acre farm, had draft horses and crosses for work, ride and drive pleasure, grew hay, had veggie gsrden and fruit trees. The regulations here (USA) property...
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  15. Bea

    Plastics

    Plastics have been amazingly good for humanity also but I understand the focus about this subject is on throw-away plastics that should be recycled but instead are mindlessly littered into the...
    Plastics have been amazingly good for humanity also but I understand the focus about this subject is on throw-away plastics that should be recycled but instead are mindlessly littered into the environment. If there was a collection payment for every kg of plastic like the old days when I was a...
    Plastics have been amazingly good for humanity also but I understand the focus about this subject is on throw-away plastics that should be recycled but instead are mindlessly littered into the environment. If there was a collection payment for...
    Plastics have been amazingly good for humanity also but I understand the focus about this subject is on throw-away plastics that should be recycled but instead are mindlessly littered into the...
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  16. Bea

    boggy bottoms

    I was going to suggest raised garden beds as well. When we built ours we put some gravel in the beds to help with drainage. Or it pots sitting on bricks or something to get them of the ground.
    I was going to suggest raised garden beds as well. When we built ours we put some gravel in the beds to help with drainage. Or it pots sitting on bricks or something to get them of the ground.
    I was going to suggest raised garden beds as well. When we built ours we put some gravel in the beds to help with drainage. Or it pots sitting on bricks or something to get them of the ground.
    I was going to suggest raised garden beds as well. When we built ours we put some gravel in the beds to help with drainage. Or it pots sitting on bricks or something to get them of the ground.
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  17. Sasha Bushell

    self sufficient tips

    A big part of being self-sufficient is a change in mindset. Reduce, re-use, and recycle. Reduce what you use and buy, re-use things instead of throwing them out, and recycle things either away to...
    A big part of being self-sufficient is a change in mindset. Reduce, re-use, and recycle. Reduce what you use and buy, re-use things instead of throwing them out, and recycle things either away to a recycling plant, or donating to charities, or even finding a new home for something in your own...
    A big part of being self-sufficient is a change in mindset. Reduce, re-use, and recycle. Reduce what you use and buy, re-use things instead of throwing them out, and recycle things either away to a recycling plant, or donating to charities, or...
    A big part of being self-sufficient is a change in mindset. Reduce, re-use, and recycle. Reduce what you use and buy, re-use things instead of throwing them out, and recycle things either away to...
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  18. Sherry Robitson

    Keyhole gardens

    Occasionally something grows out of them. I usually just pull it up. White I like is that I can dig down in them and find tons of worms.
    Occasionally something grows out of them. I usually just pull it up. White I like is that I can dig down in them and find tons of worms.
    Occasionally something grows out of them. I usually just pull it up. White I like is that I can dig down in them and find tons of worms.
    Occasionally something grows out of them. I usually just pull it up. White I like is that I can dig down in them and find tons of worms.

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  19. Perry

    Question Tordon Double Strenth

    Perry how come the bottle doesn't have the instructions on it? I always thought tordon was an injectable so I would say such small trees had a trunk that was too small to inject. The best people...
    Perry how come the bottle doesn't have the instructions on it? I always thought tordon was an injectable so I would say such small trees had a trunk that was too small to inject. The best people to ask are at your local rural supplies store. I am probably the most rural person on this forum & it...
    Perry how come the bottle doesn't have the instructions on it? I always thought tordon was an injectable so I would say such small trees had a trunk that was too small to inject. The best people to ask are at your local rural supplies store. I am...
    Perry how come the bottle doesn't have the instructions on it? I always thought tordon was an injectable so I would say such small trees had a trunk that was too small to inject. The best people...
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  20. Perry

    Question Poisoning Regrowth

    ohhh, yes of course.
    ohhh, yes of course.
    ohhh, yes of course.
    ohhh, yes of course.
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  21. Mataeka

    Question What do you wish you'd known before moving to acreage?

    Here's a very pertinent question that everyone who is going to make use of the land should ask themselves before beginning the search for land to buy, no matter what size block. What value do you...
    Here's a very pertinent question that everyone who is going to make use of the land should ask themselves before beginning the search for land to buy, no matter what size block. What value do you place on good soil & rainfall? Real estate values are controlled, contorted, influenced by many...
    Here's a very pertinent question that everyone who is going to make use of the land should ask themselves before beginning the search for land to buy, no matter what size block. What value do you place on good soil & rainfall? Real estate...
    Here's a very pertinent question that everyone who is going to make use of the land should ask themselves before beginning the search for land to buy, no matter what size block. What value do you...
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  22. Helen Auriga

    Catching a rabbit

    We live in a rural area sounded by open fields, brush and woods. Our garden sits right in the middle of rabbit habitat. Rabbits have always destroyed our garden and it's been a constant battle...
    We live in a rural area sounded by open fields, brush and woods. Our garden sits right in the middle of rabbit habitat. Rabbits have always destroyed our garden and it's been a constant battle to keep them out. Last year I tried this rabbit repellent and it worked great.
    We live in a rural area sounded by open fields, brush and woods. Our garden sits right in the middle of rabbit habitat. Rabbits have always destroyed our garden and it's been a constant battle to keep them out. Last year I tried this rabbit...
    We live in a rural area sounded by open fields, brush and woods. Our garden sits right in the middle of rabbit habitat. Rabbits have always destroyed our garden and it's been a constant battle...
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  23. Flatland

    Question Anyone got any tree growing tips

    Last winter mine were attacked by beetles that stripped a couple of them of every leaf. Had I not checked & sprayed the bugs I am sure those ones would have died & I would not have known that the...
    Last winter mine were attacked by beetles that stripped a couple of them of every leaf. Had I not checked & sprayed the bugs I am sure those ones would have died & I would not have known that the deaths were caused by bugs. They are tiny tiny beetles. My trees seemed to have slowed their growth...
    Last winter mine were attacked by beetles that stripped a couple of them of every leaf. Had I not checked & sprayed the bugs I am sure those ones would have died & I would not have known that the deaths were caused by bugs. They are tiny tiny...
    Last winter mine were attacked by beetles that stripped a couple of them of every leaf. Had I not checked & sprayed the bugs I am sure those ones would have died & I would not have known that the...
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  24. ClissAT

    Rain, Rain, Glorious Rain!

    Even my duck dam is full and that's amazing since the ducks ate half the wall away and it's leaked ever since!
    Even my duck dam is full and that's amazing since the ducks ate half the wall away and it's leaked ever since!
    Even my duck dam is full and that's amazing since the ducks ate half the wall away and it's leaked ever since!
    Even my duck dam is full and that's amazing since the ducks ate half the wall away and it's leaked ever since!

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  25. Mark

    Time saving tips for acreage living

    Very good advice, Flatland. My son & I are doing an urgent, heavy job in full 100degree tropical drought ridden sun today & we expect it will take a few hours due to the number of rests we will...
    Very good advice, Flatland. My son & I are doing an urgent, heavy job in full 100degree tropical drought ridden sun today & we expect it will take a few hours due to the number of rests we will have to take in the shade.
    Very good advice, Flatland. My son & I are doing an urgent, heavy job in full 100degree tropical drought ridden sun today & we expect it will take a few hours due to the number of rests we will have to take in the shade.
    Very good advice, Flatland. My son & I are doing an urgent, heavy job in full 100degree tropical drought ridden sun today & we expect it will take a few hours due to the number of rests we will...
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