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Been really busy... mostly family stuff but also working on the property. Great to see all the activity here on SSC :) Jan 15, 2017

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    1. Cameron De-Arne
      Cameron De-Arne
      G'day Mark. Need some fair dinkum advice on hugelkultur and termites.
      I'm looking at turning my mother's backyard into raised bed veggie garden.
      She lives in ipswich qld, & it has known issues of termites. This has her concerned that burying all this wood and branches into raised beds is just going to attract them.Will this happen? Any advice would be great here mate
    2. Vincent Marracino
      Vincent Marracino
      HEY MARK! IM VINCE AND IM NEW HERE! thanks for the great content
    3. Matt Kurl
      Matt Kurl
      Hey Mark I've noticed a serious problem with your website. Am I able to send you a private message somehow
    4. Rickyelwey
      Update your picture Dood.
      Tons of love your way and best wishes. You're dope dude.
    5. Strongbadd12
      Hey Mark, I’ve been puddle skipping around the forum, trying to find a thread of people’s favorite places to get seeds. Could you point me in the right direction. Also, big fan. I love the “dad jokes” and puns. The information, I pick up along the way, is good too. Thanks!
      1. Isobel Lewis
        Isobel Lewis
        I have purchased seed from MIGardener, Rare Seeds (Bakers Creek), Eden Seeds, Beautanicals and the Seed collection. So far i've had amazing strike rate and have had no issues. Have fun shopping!
        Feb 10, 2020
    6. Jake Monteleone
      Jake Monteleone
      hey mark i am having trubble growing avardo can you please give me some tips on how to keep it alive
      thanks Jake
    7. Pamelambie
      I've been watching your videos for... Idk since before I was pregnant with my 5th, that's for sure lol going on two years probably. During my bed rest days, I binge watched your videos. Probably why the baby practically knows your voice love the channel, didn't know this forum existed and pleased to have found it!
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    8. winston h
      winston h
      I just joined the SSC! I'm not a big joiner, but I love the vids on youtube and the commonsense approach to gardening!
      I think Mark is nutty and funny and knows what hes doin! Winston
      1. Pamelambie likes this.
    9. Jason Taulbee
      Jason Taulbee
      Thanks for the invite to your forum. I really enjoy your videos. They bring me hope as i sit inside staring at my snow covered garden.
      1. Pamelambie likes this.
    10. RevRita
      Thanks Mark for this great forum and your amazing videos on YouTube. You Rock!!!!
    11. Walt
      Hello, Mark. Just wondering how the Writer/Contributor Trial is going and if it is something you will keep doing. Answer when you can....I know you are busy. Walt Davis
    12. Laura Gibbs
      Laura Gibbs
      I bought the cheap Chinese 55 egg incubator with automatic turner. The instructions was in Chinese please help!
      1. Mark
        @Laura Gibbs can you take a pic and create a new thread please so I can see it? Maybe then we can work it out
        Feb 12, 2019
    13. jwall1979
      Hi there.I was wondering if u could help me I have the 54 holder 1 This is my 1st time using an incubator and Ill actually be using it 4 bearded drgn eggs.So Ill need to adjust it to a lower temp and a higher humidity than you would for say chicken eggs.I am incubator illiterate.I do not understand most of the settings such as the bottom and top tem settings .I could use a better understanding of the incubator
    14. Zeeshan
      Hello Mark,
      In my region minimum temperature uses to be 10 C in winter. Will some kind of olive tree fruit here?
      Moreover you mentioned in your posts an online nersary which provides advice for specific kind of olive tree for low chill (less cool) winter areas.
    15. Maria
      This evening one female quail started fighting with her last cage mate (since I had to separate the others) and she broke her beak trying to get away from the aggressor! The top half is totally broken!. What should I do to help her? I will be totally bummed if she doesn't survive this...any advice is welcomed gladly!
    16. Sherry Robitson
      Sherry Robitson
      Thank you for those wonderful YouTube videos! So much good information that can be applied no matter what country you live in.
    17. JaninaG
      Hi Mark,
      Made it to the forum.... seems my PC deleted the forum.... Now to go and buy some of that so ugly its beautiful Yellow Dragon, and hope it likes Victoria :) oh and my tree stumps :)
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    18. Eddie007
      I am in southern California. I believe my mango trees that are in pots are being affected by anthracnose. We had a lot of rain in January and February. I am not sure if it's anthracnose. We have no experts in my area since we have no commercial growers.

      I can send pics of affected branches.

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      2. Mark
        Hi @Eddie007 please create a new thread in the fruit and veg section and post your pics there as this is the easiest way to share images and communicate. Welcome!
        Mar 16, 2017
    19. Mark
      Been really busy... mostly family stuff but also working on the property. Great to see all the activity here on SSC :)
    20. Janice
      Hi Mark, thanks for the video. I am concerned about leaving my 3 girls when we are away. I will have them checked once every second day. My coop is enclosed 1.5 w by 1.2 d and 1.5 h shed. Small! Can the chickens be locked in this small area for two weeks with the bedding,water and food being checked every second day. The door has shade cloth on it so there is light but filtered.
      1. ClissAT
        When you reduce the light by that much your chooks will go off lay & may even begin to moult.Also at this time of year confining them like that is asking for pests like lice leg mite, intestinal worms, etc to get established.
        Nov 6, 2016
      2. ClissAT
        The amount of manure they create in that time period would also make it a hot bed for fly larvae which the chooks might eat if there is enough light to see them but in general is not a good thing.
        Nov 6, 2016
      3. ClissAT
        If your little shed gets any sun on it, it will heat up dramatically on these overly hot days we are currently experiencing.
        The way I see it, you can lock any animal in any sized space but whether it is humane is another thing.
        Nov 6, 2016
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