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  1. Common

    Growing Citronella as a Mosquito Repellent - which type?

    Thanks Raymondo - I've had three medium Pelargonium sized plants growing on our balcony since my original post and have found that the effect is negligible as you say. I imagine you'd need a great...
    Thanks Raymondo - I've had three medium Pelargonium sized plants growing on our balcony since my original post and have found that the effect is negligible as you say. I imagine you'd need a great deal or to crush the leaves to have a great effect. You're right though - the scent is very nice...
    Thanks Raymondo - I've had three medium Pelargonium sized plants growing on our balcony since my original post and have found that the effect is negligible as you say. I imagine you'd need a great deal or to crush the leaves to have a great...
    Thanks Raymondo - I've had three medium Pelargonium sized plants growing on our balcony since my original post and have found that the effect is negligible as you say. I imagine you'd need a great...
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  2. Bea

    Amarylis and Other bulbs

    Yes it needs leaves for photosynthesis and to produce next year's flower. Otherwise it will use up the (onion)layers that form the bulb and get smaller and smaller until it can't produce food...
    Yes it needs leaves for photosynthesis and to produce next year's flower. Otherwise it will use up the (onion)layers that form the bulb and get smaller and smaller until it can't produce food anymore. If you get some firm thin sticks like chop sticks or kabab sticks and push them into the...
    Yes it needs leaves for photosynthesis and to produce next year's flower. Otherwise it will use up the (onion)layers that form the bulb and get smaller and smaller until it can't produce food anymore. If you get some firm thin sticks like chop...
    Yes it needs leaves for photosynthesis and to produce next year's flower. Otherwise it will use up the (onion)layers that form the bulb and get smaller and smaller until it can't produce food...

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  3. Starky

    Invading Gum Tree Roots

    Thanks for that input. I now have a good system of elevated beds that work well. But I want to look at the inground situation again. If I have to resign the small beds I have each season then that...
    Thanks for that input. I now have a good system of elevated beds that work well. But I want to look at the inground situation again. If I have to resign the small beds I have each season then that is what I will have to do However I think I will also extend my elevated beds as I have the room....
    Thanks for that input. I now have a good system of elevated beds that work well. But I want to look at the inground situation again. If I have to resign the small beds I have each season then that is what I will have to do However I think I...
    Thanks for that input. I now have a good system of elevated beds that work well. But I want to look at the inground situation again. If I have to resign the small beds I have each season then that...

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  4. OskarDoLittle

    Shallots, eschallots, scallions, spring onions?

    Raymondo thanks for the vote of confidence. :blush: It comes from school of life, a few courses and lots of books!.........and a bit of google thrown in for good measure!;)
    Raymondo thanks for the vote of confidence. :blush: It comes from school of life, a few courses and lots of books!.........and a bit of google thrown in for good measure!;)
    Raymondo thanks for the vote of confidence. :blush: It comes from school of life, a few courses and lots of books!.........and a bit of google thrown in for good measure!;)
    Raymondo thanks for the vote of confidence. :blush: It comes from school of life, a few courses and lots of books!.........and a bit of google thrown in for good measure!;)

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  5. ClissAT

    Weeds as Friends

    Hello again Clissat , thank you so much for that link with that fabulous book , I have also been on a similar track albeit looking at the connectivity of plants and human ailments and how they...
    Hello again Clissat , thank you so much for that link with that fabulous book , I have also been on a similar track albeit looking at the connectivity of plants and human ailments and how they have the ability to turn up in the right place at very opportune times ,much like stinging nettle and...
    Hello again Clissat , thank you so much for that link with that fabulous book , I have also been on a similar track albeit looking at the connectivity of plants and human ailments and how they have the ability to turn up in the right place at...
    Hello again Clissat , thank you so much for that link with that fabulous book , I have also been on a similar track albeit looking at the connectivity of plants and human ailments and how they...
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  6. Daniel.Mav

    Charles Dowding: No dig gardening

    Daniel, I'm glad you found the book helpful and good luck with your gardening projects going forward. Regards from Canada Bill
    Daniel, I'm glad you found the book helpful and good luck with your gardening projects going forward. Regards from Canada Bill
    Daniel, I'm glad you found the book helpful and good luck with your gardening projects going forward. Regards from Canada Bill
    Daniel, I'm glad you found the book helpful and good luck with your gardening projects going forward. Regards from Canada Bill
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  7. ClissAT

    Interesting Concept, Counting the Carbon in your Food

    This is a news item I read today so I don't know how long this link will remain viable for. We often count carbs. But what about counting the carbon in your food. Those of us here who read and...
    This is a news item I read today so I don't know how long this link will remain viable for. We often count carbs. But what about counting the carbon in your food. Those of us here who read and contribute to this forum and Mark's website should have a smaller carbon footprint than the average...
    This is a news item I read today so I don't know how long this link will remain viable for. We often count carbs. But what about counting the carbon in your food. Those of us here who read and contribute to this forum and Mark's website should...
    This is a news item I read today so I don't know how long this link will remain viable for. We often count carbs. But what about counting the carbon in your food. Those of us here who read and...
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  8. Raymondo

    Tip Wwoofers to help .

    Way to go it sounds like you have got it all going on there , you don't have to cook for them if you find it hard we often leave food for them and let them go for it and if you get a good sort...
    Way to go it sounds like you have got it all going on there , you don't have to cook for them if you find it hard we often leave food for them and let them go for it and if you get a good sort they might also cook for you seems like we make the rules! We had our first wwoofers back in the early...
    Way to go it sounds like you have got it all going on there , you don't have to cook for them if you find it hard we often leave food for them and let them go for it and if you get a good sort they might also cook for you seems like we make the...
    Way to go it sounds like you have got it all going on there , you don't have to cook for them if you find it hard we often leave food for them and let them go for it and if you get a good sort...
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  9. ClissAT

    Say What!?

    Just a bit of fun. This is a cropped screen print from an emailed brochure from Bunnings. I think there might be a miscommunication. So is it grafted or a seedling?
    Just a bit of fun. This is a cropped screen print from an emailed brochure from Bunnings. I think there might be a miscommunication. So is it grafted or a seedling?
    Just a bit of fun. This is a cropped screen print from an emailed brochure from Bunnings. I think there might be a miscommunication. So is it grafted or a seedling?
    Just a bit of fun. This is a cropped screen print from an emailed brochure from Bunnings. I think there might be a miscommunication. So is it grafted or a seedling?

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  10. Perry

    Desert Rose Potting Mix

    G'day ClissaAT, Thank you you have helped me again. I will make up the Potting Mix and test the pH and adjust it accordingly. Cheers Perry
    G'day ClissaAT, Thank you you have helped me again. I will make up the Potting Mix and test the pH and adjust it accordingly. Cheers Perry
    G'day ClissaAT, Thank you you have helped me again. I will make up the Potting Mix and test the pH and adjust it accordingly. Cheers Perry
    G'day ClissaAT, Thank you you have helped me again. I will make up the Potting Mix and test the pH and adjust it accordingly. Cheers Perry
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  11. AndrewB

    At a crossroads

    If you live in the property, legally making it your "principal place of residence" (PPOR) then you shouldn't pay any capital gains tax when you sell, as your own home is exempt. But if you buy it...
    If you live in the property, legally making it your "principal place of residence" (PPOR) then you shouldn't pay any capital gains tax when you sell, as your own home is exempt. But if you buy it as an investment (where all the costs become tax deductible) then you certainly will pay CGT when...
    If you live in the property, legally making it your "principal place of residence" (PPOR) then you shouldn't pay any capital gains tax when you sell, as your own home is exempt. But if you buy it as an investment (where all the costs become tax...
    If you live in the property, legally making it your "principal place of residence" (PPOR) then you shouldn't pay any capital gains tax when you sell, as your own home is exempt. But if you buy it...
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  12. Letsgokate
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    *Warning* TIP MULCH - Please Read

    Oh wow @Letsgokate so sorry to hear about Chris's lung problems contracted from managing tip mulch - that's horrible! Thank you for the warning because I often use tip mulch and bags of potting...
    Oh wow @Letsgokate so sorry to hear about Chris's lung problems contracted from managing tip mulch - that's horrible! Thank you for the warning because I often use tip mulch and bags of potting mix but also do a lot of garden work spreading sugarcane mulch, composts, manures, etc. Just...
    Oh wow @Letsgokate so sorry to hear about Chris's lung problems contracted from managing tip mulch - that's horrible! Thank you for the warning because I often use tip mulch and bags of potting mix but also do a lot of garden work spreading...
    Oh wow @Letsgokate so sorry to hear about Chris's lung problems contracted from managing tip mulch - that's horrible! Thank you for the warning because I often use tip mulch and bags of potting...
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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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