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Birdies raised garden beds moving into the USA market!

Growing space a problem or just don't want a larger vegetable garden to maintain? A vertical growing kit might be for you. 

Cutting a keyhole in an existing raised bed & using Child/Vegetable SAFE treated pine wood! 

Here's the best and only garden tool you'll ever need for raised beds!

I've cured Arbequina olives to see how this small olive fruiting variety compares to the larger types. 

10 Myths about raised bed gardening BUSTED...

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  Mark Valencia — Hi Craig, thanks for saying g'day mate and writing such a comprehensive comment - I really appreciate it when people give their thoughts. I know what Darwin is like (lived there for about 10 years) and it's true what you say about it's unique climate! I'm glad you got the watering for your raised b......
  Craig Ryan — Hi Mark, Stumbled upon your site looking for info on growing dragon fruit organically! ....then went sniffing around and liked what you're doing. I live in Darwin and it is really difficult finding info for our climate, which is just a bit different from a lot of other wet/ dry tropical climates.........

Growing more produce than you "need" has many advantages!

Strolling around the nursery looking at plants is so yesterday... It's time to search the virtual nursery and buy them online!

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  Mark Valencia — Hi and thank you for offering a discount to SSM readers on purchases made at your online store Fair Dinkum Seeds! I'll go there myself now and check out your website as I have to admit I haven't come across you guys before but I'm always on the hunt for new online shops and rare seeds. I will add yo......
  FairDinkumSeeds — Just looking around for cool stuff to add to my own collection when I came across your post. Great group of stores you put together there. Daleys in particular are always great quality and price wise, but I'd have to be a bit silly if I didn't spruce my own awesome store while I'm here. Had a chat w......

Change is good but improvements are better and that's what I'm doing to our vegetable garden - improving it!  

Not sure how or what to grow your dragon fruit vine on? Here's a solution!

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  Mark Valencia — Hi Bron, it has been awfully hot here also as you could imagine! Sacrifice plants as a method of pest control in the garden is a good way I think to keep the bugs away from more valued crops and I have used it myself in the garden. Best of luck with those Asian vegetables - some of my favourites are......
  Bron Ramey — Just another comment following the raised bed article. I'm in the temperate zone and this has been the mostust, hot, yukkie, humid Summer of all time down here. So humid... but hey, apart from the naughty lady beetle varieties, everything is going pretty well in comparison to other Hunter gardeners.......

You'd be surprised how interesting your vegetable garden is to visiting family and friends!

Whilst the Grumichama fruit is not very well known those that do grow it LOVE it and here's why!

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  Mark Valencia — Hi Joe, sorry about the late response but I've been overseas... I would say the Grumichama should grow fine in Texas but if the temp falls below freezing too often in a row it may suffer a little. No I don't sell the seeds sorry mate ...
  Joe — Hey Mark, Just a few quick questions about this fruiting tree. I'm located in a zone 9 climate will it grow in texas ? Do you sell the seeds if so what is your asking price....
  Coral — Great article Mark!...

I often get people asking me where should they position their vegetable garden? Here's what I say...

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