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

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  Mark Valencia — Yes especially with strawberries or salad crops. I'll be making a grow wall video soon about upcycling an old pallet so keep an eye out for that!...
  Pedro Dias — Great guide! I'd love to know more about vertical hydroponic garden systems, they sound awesome!...

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 — Sounds good Ryan thanks mate ...
  Ryan — Im seriously thinking of cutting some sweet gum trees and notch stacking them like a log cabin, I like the input of filling with twigs and mulch and then top soil your articles are very helpfull and encouraging...
  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......

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...

Here's five types of Asian salad crops you just have to try! 

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  Mark Valencia — I bet you are privy to some great cooking at home from your wife Bob - lucky man!...
  Bob — I love growing Asian vegetables, I might add my wife is Chinese so there is method beyond the madness. I grow both in soil and also in hydroponics so that I get a spread of vegetables at all times....

Forget the gold watch or glitzy and expensive presents to impress - give away a box of fruit & veg instead!

If you're into stand up gardening like me then you'll love these round galvanised or Colorbond high side garden beds!

 

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  Mark Valencia — Hi Ruth, yes the gravel works well but so does paving etc or even raised beds on concrete; although, I do find the gravel drains out well. Make sure it's several inches deep to help suppress weeds growing up through the rocks. Cheers ......
  Ruth — I am about to move my gal garden beds. Will use you gravel idea around the ground area as mine becomes a bog as well. Thanks for the tips...
  Mark Valencia — Hi Mary, thanks for commenting and people like you inspire me to write about gardening and self-sufficiency! Sometimes after a day in the garden I feel a little tired to blog but I recall comments like this and it gives me my second wind - thanks again ......

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