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  1. Mark

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

    I suppose it all depends on the kind of land, and what you want to do with it. 10 good acres would easily supply a family here, what with rotation and animals for the plate. If 8 are hills, then...
    I suppose it all depends on the kind of land, and what you want to do with it. 10 good acres would easily supply a family here, what with rotation and animals for the plate. If 8 are hills, then perhaps not, but the sheep and goats would enjoy it :D I would love to even have a couple, but the...
    I suppose it all depends on the kind of land, and what you want to do with it. 10 good acres would easily supply a family here, what with rotation and animals for the plate. If 8 are hills, then perhaps not, but the sheep and goats would enjoy it...
    I suppose it all depends on the kind of land, and what you want to do with it. 10 good acres would easily supply a family here, what with rotation and animals for the plate. If 8 are hills, then...
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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. LoveInNature
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    Moon And Stars Watermelon

    How does it taste??
    How does it taste??
    How does it taste??
    How does it taste??
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  5. 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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  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. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  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. firm351

    Question Another what plant is this

    I thought it might be a passion fruit too. Go find a passionfruit from a friend, family or local nursery and sniff the leaves to see if they smell the same LOL. You could always ask your local...
    I thought it might be a passion fruit too. Go find a passionfruit from a friend, family or local nursery and sniff the leaves to see if they smell the same LOL. You could always ask your local nursery, take a sample with you. Good luck!
    I thought it might be a passion fruit too. Go find a passionfruit from a friend, family or local nursery and sniff the leaves to see if they smell the same LOL. You could always ask your local nursery, take a sample with you. Good luck!
    I thought it might be a passion fruit too. Go find a passionfruit from a friend, family or local nursery and sniff the leaves to see if they smell the same LOL. You could always ask your local...

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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. Mark
    Showcase

    My Selection Of Eggplant

    Oh great! I'm looking forward to seeing then and trying them out :twothumbsup: You're absolutely right. Best eaten young yes and very good in curries especially as a thickener.
    Oh great! I'm looking forward to seeing then and trying them out :twothumbsup: You're absolutely right. Best eaten young yes and very good in curries especially as a thickener.
    Oh great! I'm looking forward to seeing then and trying them out :twothumbsup: You're absolutely right. Best eaten young yes and very good in curries especially as a thickener.
    Oh great! I'm looking forward to seeing then and trying them out :twothumbsup: You're absolutely right. Best eaten young yes and very good in curries especially as a thickener.
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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. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. Mark

    Sunshine Coast radio

    Good idea
    Good idea
    Good idea
    Good idea
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  23. 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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  24. Steve

    Camping Fridge

    Prices seem reasonable!
    Prices seem reasonable!
    Prices seem reasonable!
    Prices seem reasonable!

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  25. 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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