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  1. ClissAT

    Fairy Gardens, an adventure into happiness

    That's the sort of lateral thinking I like, letsgo. Now that space is used. That's what its all about. And easy to change when you get sick of the current design.
    That's the sort of lateral thinking I like, letsgo. Now that space is used. That's what its all about. And easy to change when you get sick of the current design.
    That's the sort of lateral thinking I like, letsgo. Now that space is used. That's what its all about. And easy to change when you get sick of the current design.
    That's the sort of lateral thinking I like, letsgo. Now that space is used. That's what its all about. And easy to change when you get sick of the current design.

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Perry

    Question Poisoning Regrowth

    ohhh, yes of course.
    ohhh, yes of course.
    ohhh, yes of course.
    ohhh, yes of course.
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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. LoveInNature
    Showcase

    Moon And Stars Watermelon

    How does it taste??
    How does it taste??
    How does it taste??
    How does it taste??
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  10. Skippyherron

    Frugal tips for growing grass

    Oh I never knew that about turf farmers and growing from runners. I really know nothing about grass growing except that if it lives in our backyard it must be hardy! I don't know any landscapers...
    Oh I never knew that about turf farmers and growing from runners. I really know nothing about grass growing except that if it lives in our backyard it must be hardy! I don't know any landscapers but offcuts are a marvellous idea! I really need to get onto it asap if it's going to look good...
    Oh I never knew that about turf farmers and growing from runners. I really know nothing about grass growing except that if it lives in our backyard it must be hardy! I don't know any landscapers but offcuts are a marvellous idea! I really...
    Oh I never knew that about turf farmers and growing from runners. I really know nothing about grass growing except that if it lives in our backyard it must be hardy! I don't know any landscapers...

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  11. Darryl

    Compost

    Hey Darryl, I'm very interested to know how your carrots are coming along. if it's working for you, I'll give it a try too.
    Hey Darryl, I'm very interested to know how your carrots are coming along. if it's working for you, I'll give it a try too.
    Hey Darryl, I'm very interested to know how your carrots are coming along. if it's working for you, I'll give it a try too.
    Hey Darryl, I'm very interested to know how your carrots are coming along. if it's working for you, I'll give it a try too.
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  12. Ash

    Question Weed control

    The main reason why grass types change is due to the pH. Adding nitrogenous fertilizers acidifies the soil. So does the act of growing a lawn, ie the grass acidifies the soil it is growing on by...
    The main reason why grass types change is due to the pH. Adding nitrogenous fertilizers acidifies the soil. So does the act of growing a lawn, ie the grass acidifies the soil it is growing on by taking the nutrients it needs & leaving the rest. Liming will sort it out. It always used to be part...
    The main reason why grass types change is due to the pH. Adding nitrogenous fertilizers acidifies the soil. So does the act of growing a lawn, ie the grass acidifies the soil it is growing on by taking the nutrients it needs & leaving the...
    The main reason why grass types change is due to the pH. Adding nitrogenous fertilizers acidifies the soil. So does the act of growing a lawn, ie the grass acidifies the soil it is growing on by...

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  13. Sasha Bushell

    self sufficient tips

    Yes I too remember growing up with a vegie garden & fruit trees. Everyone in the street in both the towns I spent my childhood in had gardens. My paternal grandfather was a very keen 'organic'...
    Yes I too remember growing up with a vegie garden & fruit trees. Everyone in the street in both the towns I spent my childhood in had gardens. My paternal grandfather was a very keen 'organic' gardener. He made compost under a HUGE soursop tree that obviously benefited greatly from the good food...
    Yes I too remember growing up with a vegie garden & fruit trees. Everyone in the street in both the towns I spent my childhood in had gardens. My paternal grandfather was a very keen 'organic' gardener. He made compost under a HUGE soursop tree...
    Yes I too remember growing up with a vegie garden & fruit trees. Everyone in the street in both the towns I spent my childhood in had gardens. My paternal grandfather was a very keen 'organic'...
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  14. ClissAT

    Solstice 2016

    This year we have an unusual event occurring which is a full moon on the same day as the winter solstice. The last time this happened in Australia was June 1986. I'm not sure if these two events...
    This year we have an unusual event occurring which is a full moon on the same day as the winter solstice. The last time this happened in Australia was June 1986. I'm not sure if these two events are happening simultaneously to the minute or if there are minutes or hours between them but still...
    This year we have an unusual event occurring which is a full moon on the same day as the winter solstice. The last time this happened in Australia was June 1986. I'm not sure if these two events are happening simultaneously to the minute or if...
    This year we have an unusual event occurring which is a full moon on the same day as the winter solstice. The last time this happened in Australia was June 1986. I'm not sure if these two events...
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  15. stevo

    Wild Dogs killing Sheep - ABC landline

    That's a sad story Some people just shouldn't be allowed to own pets, makes me angry :mad:
    That's a sad story Some people just shouldn't be allowed to own pets, makes me angry :mad:
    That's a sad story Some people just shouldn't be allowed to own pets, makes me angry :mad:
    That's a sad story Some people just shouldn't be allowed to own pets, makes me angry :mad:
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  16. ClissAT

    SPAM!

    Lol that happens to everyone :)
    Lol that happens to everyone :)
    Lol that happens to everyone :)
    Lol that happens to everyone :)
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  17. ClissAT

    Drought!

    Had some great light rain over the last few weeks!! Heaps of tank water and the gardens are going great! ahhh what a :cheers:great place to live
    Had some great light rain over the last few weeks!! Heaps of tank water and the gardens are going great! ahhh what a :cheers:great place to live
    Had some great light rain over the last few weeks!! Heaps of tank water and the gardens are going great! ahhh what a :cheers:great place to live
    Had some great light rain over the last few weeks!! Heaps of tank water and the gardens are going great! ahhh what a :cheers:great place to live
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  18. Mark
    Funny x 3

    Free plant from Bunnings!

    I can always use extra mulch! Not the extra work though... :p Oh well, a little more hard work won't hurt me...
    I can always use extra mulch! Not the extra work though... :p Oh well, a little more hard work won't hurt me...
    I can always use extra mulch! Not the extra work though... :p Oh well, a little more hard work won't hurt me...
    I can always use extra mulch! Not the extra work though... :p Oh well, a little more hard work won't hurt me...

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  19. Mark

    Sunshine Coast radio

    Good idea
    Good idea
    Good idea
    Good idea
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  20. OskarDoLittle

    Tumbling composters

    "The days of turning compost over with a spade are gone" - I can totally get that! Congrats on your purchase @letsgo what a bargain! :shock: I grabbed the video from their website
    "The days of turning compost over with a spade are gone" - I can totally get that! Congrats on your purchase @letsgo what a bargain! :shock: I grabbed the video from their website
    "The days of turning compost over with a spade are gone" - I can totally get that! Congrats on your purchase @letsgo what a bargain! :shock: I grabbed the video from their website
    "The days of turning compost over with a spade are gone" - I can totally get that! Congrats on your purchase @letsgo what a bargain! :shock: I grabbed the video from their website

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  21. 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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  22. ClissAT

    Critters near the Chook House

    Stevo said:- I did a quick google and now I'm confused, I guess that's not hard :blush: :hysterical: don't worry Stevo, they have pills for that! :sneaky: Jacky lizards have a really slender long tail, those long back...
    Stevo said:- I did a quick google and now I'm confused, I guess that's not hard :blush: :hysterical: don't worry Stevo, they have pills for that! :sneaky: Jacky lizards have a really slender long tail, those long back toes for running fast & up trees plus they have a roughly diamond shaped head with a thin neck. Bearded...
    Stevo said:- I did a quick google and now I'm confused, I guess that's not hard :blush: :hysterical: don't worry Stevo, they have pills for that! :sneaky: Jacky lizards have a really slender long tail, those long back toes for running fast & up trees plus they have a...
    Stevo said:- I did a quick google and now I'm confused, I guess that's not hard :blush: :hysterical: don't worry Stevo, they have pills for that! :sneaky: Jacky lizards have a really slender long tail, those long back...

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  23. Mark

    Tankvac self-cleaning system for water tanks

    Like the tank vac setup. To improve the quality of the output water from a tank you should have a flexible floated hose set to 6" below the water surface connected to the tank outlet
    Like the tank vac setup. To improve the quality of the output water from a tank you should have a flexible floated hose set to 6" below the water surface connected to the tank outlet
    Like the tank vac setup. To improve the quality of the output water from a tank you should have a flexible floated hose set to 6" below the water surface connected to the tank outlet
    Like the tank vac setup. To improve the quality of the output water from a tank you should have a flexible floated hose set to 6" below the water surface connected to the tank outlet
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  24. Ash

    Question Soil treatment

    Ah, sodasol. I looked into that. Australia has such a diversity between towns even within the same region. I have been through Inglewood a number of times for a coffee stop with good friends who...
    Ah, sodasol. I looked into that. Australia has such a diversity between towns even within the same region. I have been through Inglewood a number of times for a coffee stop with good friends who live in Glenarbon and Goondiwindi, and I have lived in Gundy myself on the thick black soil that...
    Ah, sodasol. I looked into that. Australia has such a diversity between towns even within the same region. I have been through Inglewood a number of times for a coffee stop with good friends who live in Glenarbon and Goondiwindi, and I have lived...
    Ah, sodasol. I looked into that. Australia has such a diversity between towns even within the same region. I have been through Inglewood a number of times for a coffee stop with good friends who...
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  25. stevo

    Kevin McCloud - Escape to the Wild

    We have a Doomsday Prepper thread here :cheers: hasn't been posted in for a while
    We have a Doomsday Prepper thread here :cheers: hasn't been posted in for a while
    We have a Doomsday Prepper thread here :cheers: hasn't been posted in for a while
    We have a Doomsday Prepper thread here :cheers: hasn't been posted in for a while
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