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  1. Mark

    Yours truly talking self-sufficiency & prepping on 612 ABC Radio

    :) Perhaps it may be an exaggeration, though a number of reputable analysts do note some world activity that is spelling hard times ahead for the global economy. Nevertheless, I couldn't agree more...
    :) Perhaps it may be an exaggeration, though a number of reputable analysts do note some world activity that is spelling hard times ahead for the global economy. Nevertheless, I couldn't agree more with the pleasure derived from growing food and appreciating the very miracle of it growing in our...
    :) Perhaps it may be an exaggeration, though a number of reputable analysts do note some world activity that is spelling hard times ahead for the global economy. Nevertheless, I couldn't agree more with the pleasure derived from growing food and...
    :) Perhaps it may be an exaggeration, though a number of reputable analysts do note some world activity that is spelling hard times ahead for the global economy. Nevertheless, I couldn't agree more...
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  2. Lee-Mika

    Wood vinegar a farmers friend in Asia.

    A very interesting and informative video. Down here in the Mallee, charcoal is still made today, but the distillation process is not incorporated. This is an invaluable and all-encompassing...
    A very interesting and informative video. Down here in the Mallee, charcoal is still made today, but the distillation process is not incorporated. This is an invaluable and all-encompassing product, the likes of which capitalism no doubt detests. The big-wigs at Monsanto will be horrified.:confused:...
    A very interesting and informative video. Down here in the Mallee, charcoal is still made today, but the distillation process is not incorporated. This is an invaluable and all-encompassing product, the likes of which capitalism no doubt detests....
    A very interesting and informative video. Down here in the Mallee, charcoal is still made today, but the distillation process is not incorporated. This is an invaluable and all-encompassing...
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  3. 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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  4. Mark

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

    A bore would be great but if you're considering this be mindful of water quality. Whilst we were on 7 acres ourselves, we faced this issue and whilst the rainwater was okay for some watering of...
    A bore would be great but if you're considering this be mindful of water quality. Whilst we were on 7 acres ourselves, we faced this issue and whilst the rainwater was okay for some watering of plants, if we wanted animals as well we would have definitely needed supplemental wate. But our bore...
    A bore would be great but if you're considering this be mindful of water quality. Whilst we were on 7 acres ourselves, we faced this issue and whilst the rainwater was okay for some watering of plants, if we wanted animals as well we would have...
    A bore would be great but if you're considering this be mindful of water quality. Whilst we were on 7 acres ourselves, we faced this issue and whilst the rainwater was okay for some watering of...
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  5. Jenni

    Question What plant is that.

    Do you want to have a guess at my plant in Chin Wag ?
    Do you want to have a guess at my plant in Chin Wag ?
    Do you want to have a guess at my plant in Chin Wag ?
    Do you want to have a guess at my plant in Chin Wag ?

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  6. Mark

    What is the best self sufficient thing you've done?

    Selling up in Sydney, and moving onto land without power, water or sewerage. Living our dream
    Selling up in Sydney, and moving onto land without power, water or sewerage. Living our dream
    Selling up in Sydney, and moving onto land without power, water or sewerage. Living our dream
    Selling up in Sydney, and moving onto land without power, water or sewerage. Living our dream
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  7. 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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  8. Mark

    Question What cactus is this and can you eat the fruit?

    Ok, that sounds appetizing then... not. Maybe I should go "black ops" and chop it down if it's a pest? I think it's on private land though.
    Ok, that sounds appetizing then... not. Maybe I should go "black ops" and chop it down if it's a pest? I think it's on private land though.
    Ok, that sounds appetizing then... not. Maybe I should go "black ops" and chop it down if it's a pest? I think it's on private land though.
    Ok, that sounds appetizing then... not. Maybe I should go "black ops" and chop it down if it's a pest? I think it's on private land though.

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  9. Mark

    Question What "prepping" have you done at your place?

    That's a pretty cool post Jennie, and I agree with your overall sentiment that it doesn't come easy and delving into self-sufficiency does take some hard work but then there's also plenty of...
    That's a pretty cool post Jennie, and I agree with your overall sentiment that it doesn't come easy and delving into self-sufficiency does take some hard work but then there's also plenty of rewards! :)
    That's a pretty cool post Jennie, and I agree with your overall sentiment that it doesn't come easy and delving into self-sufficiency does take some hard work but then there's also plenty of rewards! :)
    That's a pretty cool post Jennie, and I agree with your overall sentiment that it doesn't come easy and delving into self-sufficiency does take some hard work but then there's also plenty of...
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  10. Mark
    Showcase

    West Indian Cucumbers Pickled

    Mark submitted a new Showcase Item: West Indian Cucumbers Pickled Read more about this showcase item here...
    Mark submitted a new Showcase Item: West Indian Cucumbers Pickled Read more about this showcase item here...
    Mark submitted a new Showcase Item: West Indian Cucumbers Pickled Read more about this showcase item here...
    Mark submitted a new Showcase Item: West Indian Cucumbers Pickled Read more about this showcase item here...
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  11. 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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  12. stevo

    Waste Deep - Video

    Same here - it's a rare sight nowadays in our area and just shows how stupid trends will all pitter out once the wind behind them dies down. For something like plastic shopping bags you can't just...
    Same here - it's a rare sight nowadays in our area and just shows how stupid trends will all pitter out once the wind behind them dies down. For something like plastic shopping bags you can't just expect the population to give up such a convenience unless you have a credible...
    Same here - it's a rare sight nowadays in our area and just shows how stupid trends will all pitter out once the wind behind them dies down. For something like plastic shopping bags you can't just expect the population to give up such a...
    Same here - it's a rare sight nowadays in our area and just shows how stupid trends will all pitter out once the wind behind them dies down. For something like plastic shopping bags you can't just...
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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. Mark
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    Tomatoes For Everyone (book)

    Mark submitted a new showcase item: Tomatoes For Everyone (book) Read more about this showcase item...
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    Mark submitted a new showcase item: Tomatoes For Everyone (book) Read more about this showcase item...
    Mark submitted a new showcase item: Tomatoes For Everyone (book) Read more about this showcase item...
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  16. stevo
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    Toilet Conversion - Mains Or Tank Water

    That's a nice find - had a drill like that just recently (but mine was a battery) still wrapped I didn't have to buy a new one though ;)
    That's a nice find - had a drill like that just recently (but mine was a battery) still wrapped I didn't have to buy a new one though ;)
    That's a nice find - had a drill like that just recently (but mine was a battery) still wrapped I didn't have to buy a new one though ;)
    That's a nice find - had a drill like that just recently (but mine was a battery) still wrapped I didn't have to buy a new one though ;)
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  17. stevo

    Tiny House Movement thread

    Stevo that's something I have thought of but the thing of building them myself has become rather daunting. So since I like the philosophy I thought maybe just let others do the building & charge a...
    Stevo that's something I have thought of but the thing of building them myself has become rather daunting. So since I like the philosophy I thought maybe just let others do the building & charge a nominal rent on the plot of land. You are right regarding finding people who I am comfortable...
    Stevo that's something I have thought of but the thing of building them myself has become rather daunting. So since I like the philosophy I thought maybe just let others do the building & charge a nominal rent on the plot of land. You are right...
    Stevo that's something I have thought of but the thing of building them myself has become rather daunting. So since I like the philosophy I thought maybe just let others do the building & charge a...
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  18. 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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  19. Lee-Mika

    The Plum rains have arrived

    Sure it an easy one. The east Asian rainy season, commonly called the plum rain in Chinese; 梅雨. I have also heard it called the mould rains because every thing gets mould on it because of the...
    Sure it an easy one. The east Asian rainy season, commonly called the plum rain in Chinese; 梅雨. I have also heard it called the mould rains because every thing gets mould on it because of the long period of rain.
    Sure it an easy one. The east Asian rainy season, commonly called the plum rain in Chinese; 梅雨. I have also heard it called the mould rains because every thing gets mould on it because of the long period of rain.
    Sure it an easy one. The east Asian rainy season, commonly called the plum rain in Chinese; 梅雨. I have also heard it called the mould rains because every thing gets mould on it because of the...
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  20. Jenni

    The good the bad the ugly - The septic tank

    Your naughty...
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  21. 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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  22. Mark

    Sunshine Coast radio

    Good idea
    Good idea
    Good idea
    Good idea
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  23. Mark

    Submersible envirocycle septic pump fails

    Nah, that's the issue... I have to go with the guys who service our septic and they've trialed all the pumps on the market and won't touch or guarantee any others. He says he's not 100% happy with...
    Nah, that's the issue... I have to go with the guys who service our septic and they've trialed all the pumps on the market and won't touch or guarantee any others. He says he's not 100% happy with these current pumps either but they tend to last longer than most. In the pre-China days, the pumps...
    Nah, that's the issue... I have to go with the guys who service our septic and they've trialed all the pumps on the market and won't touch or guarantee any others. He says he's not 100% happy with these current pumps either but they tend to last...
    Nah, that's the issue... I have to go with the guys who service our septic and they've trialed all the pumps on the market and won't touch or guarantee any others. He says he's not 100% happy with...
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  24. Steve
    Showcase

    Spyderco Tri-angle Sharpmaker Knife Sharpener

    This is my knife sharpener, it's the same as a lot of roo-shooters use, but has a scissor-sharpener as well (left or right handed). By the way, it's not brand-name or expensive. No ego attatched....
    This is my knife sharpener, it's the same as a lot of roo-shooters use, but has a scissor-sharpener as well (left or right handed). By the way, it's not brand-name or expensive. No ego attatched. I think it was $15 from Broken Hill Camping.....
    This is my knife sharpener, it's the same as a lot of roo-shooters use, but has a scissor-sharpener as well (left or right handed). By the way, it's not brand-name or expensive. No ego attatched. I think it was $15 from Broken Hill Camping.....
    This is my knife sharpener, it's the same as a lot of roo-shooters use, but has a scissor-sharpener as well (left or right handed). By the way, it's not brand-name or expensive. No ego attatched....

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  25. 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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