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What to look for when considering buying a property to grow your own organic food.

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  Berkeloid — One thing I'd add is to be wary of buying an ex-farm, as the soil can often be contaminated from decades of pesticide use. It would probably do most people no harm, but if the goal is to grow natural organic food then you probably don't want your plants soaking up pesticides that are already in the......

This article is a transcript of our popular YouTube video on growing lemons.  

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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 — Yes you should definitely place some drainage holes in the base of the drums otherwise water will pool in the base and go stagnate plus they could fill with water during long rainy periods. As far as materials go, sticks and leaves etc would be fine in the base leaving the top 40cm for soil and comp......
  Jadeah — Hi, I’m creating a raised garden bed out of some old 44 gallon drums. They still have the base on them. What do you recommend I use for drainage? I was thinking from bottom to top. Something for drainage, organic matter (sticks,weeds and leaves), compost and then 40cm of premium soil. Is this orde......
  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......

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!  

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