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Automatic Drip Irrigation System 
Did you know that a drip irrigation system can save between 15 to 55 percent in water usage? I didn't. I built a drip irrigation system recently for my …

regrowing spring onions over and over 
Some may already know this one. For those who dont, here goes. Ever bought a bunch of spring onions only to find you use some and discard or compost whats …

Italian Garden from the beginning 
Megan here ~ This is Silvio's garden. He sends me updates and I look through the sideshow on Picassa. I can't read Italian unfortunately, but I do enjoy …

Malaysia No Dig Gardener 
No pun intended but here "no dig" means no idea, lol. I have been reading a lot on Mulching, manure, straw hay etc and am wondering if I could use sawdust …

Making mini green houses to start tomatoes early 
Milking Spring, Little Green Houses Here in North Carolina the 2011/2012 winter has been very mild. The temperatures and general weather conditions …

Serious composting - making good compost 
Get a 25 foot roll of wire fencing with 2 X 4 inch spacing and 2 foot tall, unroll it and cut into two pcs. 12 and a half ft each. When you cut it go …

Story of the Yellow Pear Tomatoes 
Tomatoes I love to hate..... First you must know I now live in Washington State and have lived in both Western WA and Eastern WA. and moved back to …

Eliminate weeds and ants with boiling water 
We used to use poisons to remove the little weeds in-between the bricks on our patio, and also the ants that enjoyed the sand foundation the bricks were …

Being water wise was killing my plant. - How to drain a water logged garden 
A few months back I built a new raised garden bed to take a couple of Dwarf apple trees (one Pink Lady and a Granny Smith)as both are required for cross …

Its a Whopper - huge potato 
First we had knobby potatoes from infrequent watering, now after regular rains we have this!

Straw Bale Carrots - Growing carrots in straw bales 
Try Carrots in your straw bales...they are awesome...they even seem to grow well to a good size when a little over-crowded. They are great! I have about …

Safe to use Tyres in Gardens? 
G'day Folks, For more years than I care to remember I have been advocating the use of old tyres for use in gardens. At the same time …

Green Manure crops and Nematodes. 
G‘Day Folks, I just thought, that I would add to a subject that Megan touched on in an earlier answer on no dig gardens and that …

What to do with that spare tire... 
I moved into my home a little over a year ago. The previous owners were so generous that they decided to leave a bunch of their old junk for us. (Gee thanks.)Well, …

Building Biodiversity in the Soil 
In an organic or chemical free garden, the soil is the most important component. In fact healthy soil, water and air, are the most important resources …

Cheap reliable air pump 
Many sites about Compost Tea recommend aquarium pumps, etc. for aeration. I find that the inexpensive air compressor (about 100psi with storage tank)I …

VINEGAR FOR MOSS ON CONCRETE 
BUY A 2 LITRE GENERIC BRAND OF VINEGAR,,SMALL SPRAY BOTTLE,,FILL WITH STRAIGHT VINEGAR SPRAY CONCRETE, LEAVE OVERNIGHT,OR WHEN IT DECIDES TO RAIN,LEFT …

organic, no-till gardening 
GARDENS/MINI-FARMS NETWORK USA: TX, MS, FL, CA, AR, WA; México, Rep. Dominicana, Côté d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Nicaragua, Honduras, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, …

Handy tip for weeding container plants 
I live on the Gold Coast in Australia where weeds grow rampant because of the sub-tropical climate. A handy tip is this: For weeding the tops of the …

Recycled Raised Planter Bed 
If you know someone that works on a pipe crew, road construction crew or a construction materials testing company, you are in luck! I asked one of my technicians …

Early planting using old shelves 
I've got everything outlined in a post on my blog. Let me know what you think! http://cowboyjunkey.blogspot.ca/2012/03/early-garden-planting.html …

Using Kitchen Utensils in the Garden 
Like you mentioned in your Newsletter, I get utensils from the Recycle Centre and my favourite is the meat fork, or 2 or 3 tyned long handled fork useful …

Pickled Carrots 
Hi guys, I live in Victoria in Australia. I think it might be climatically like LA. We plant in November which is the end of spring here. I get to have …

Experimental Straw Bale Gardening 
Hi. Like your site and the message. This is a recent interview about our experimental strawbale garden up here in NorCal. Willitstv.org Episode …

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Vertical Garden Ideas using fabrics and grid wire 
Here's a tip on how to convert basic jute and coconut strips into an amazing vertical garden design. Convert recycled coffee bags or burlap cloth from …

cooking and eating asparagus 
Some tips about asparagus: Firstly, they are best eaten as soon as picked, or at least in a few days. They seem to loose some sweetness and the tips …

Yarrow Fertiliser 
With the verges of the highways and byways around my patch in Wellington showing plenty of Yarrow in flower and the WWW listing hundreds of comments on …

Latest produce from the garden 
Have a look at the latest produce from the garden. My wife made the mango chutney and the tangelo and lemon marmalade on the weekend. The mangoes are …

Home grown pickled onions 
Pickled onions are coming along. Just made these pickled onions. Used a few of my own spices and herbs in the mix. I have a good crop of pepper and …

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