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How to Grow a TON of Pumpkins!

Pumpkins are part of the cucurbit family of vegetables. Cucurbits are veggies like cucumbers, zucchini, button squash, watermelons and even gourds. I’ve been growing and eating a ton of pumpkins this past year- I’ve eaten them fresh, frozen them, made soup, given them away, you name it. You can do this too, by following my

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Do These 5 Things to Grow More Veggies All season

At the start of any growing season, people plant like crazy with the excitement of growing vegetables. The excitement can quickly die down though, when those veggies start to pitter out before the season is fully finished, leaving gaps in your garden bed & a gap of time where you could still be growing, harvesting

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4 Clever Uses for Ginger- and How to Grow it!

Ginger is a valuable ingredient in food and drinks the world over, not to mention expensive- yet it’s easy to grow at home from just one bulb. A little bit can go a long way, and we can add ginger to all sorts of drinks and food. And it has a ton of other uses!

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These are both the same? According to Coles Supermarket

According to Coles Supermarket here in Australia, a 2kg packet of plain flour is the SAME as a 1kg packet of self-raising flour – yes, I’m kidding you not… Let me explain, but really, it’s Coles Supermarket that should be doing the explaining instead of me conveying my frustration on my self-sufficiency Blog Website.  Speaking

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Bush Bog

This poem was salvaged from a scrap piece of lined A4 paper handwritten half in pen and then finished in pencil – I can’t recall but my biro must have run out.  I do remember writing this rather crude piece in 1990 on a rain-soaked day in the Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area near Rockhampton

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Chicken Electric Fence Walk Around [Podcast]

In this podcast, I go for a walk around our electric fence to inspect the perimeter and ensure our poultry are safe from predator attack.    We’ve had our electric fence for over 12 months now and it has proven to be a valuable and impenetrable barrier between the nasty outside world and our chickens.   I

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The Prong Garden Tool is TOUGH – Background Story

In case you missed it, late last year I released an introductory video about the Prong garden tool on my YouTube Channel and this blog post is a follow-up of that… What wasn’t mentioned in the video was the fact that the inventor of this simple yet clever and tough tool design is a man

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Electricity Meter Reading & Why My Dog Hates It

I probably shouldn’t be writing this post without giving myself a little time to calm down but sometimes my best work is done when I’m angry so I’ll take the risk.  This morning I had another negative experience regarding our electricity meter getting read (yes this is an ongoing saga and I’ve written about this

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How is My Online Career Going? [Podcast]

People often ask me if what I do “pays the bills?” How do I make money being a YouTuber/Blogger or in general as an online content creator?     In the podcast (below) I talk about how my content creation career is going and give an insight into what it’s like being a home dad whilst

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Looking Through My Windscreen

I wrote this poem in the early ’90s on exercise with the Army in outback central Australia whilst I was sitting waiting in my Landrover 110.  The Australian outback is a harsh environment and that, to me, is a large part of the appeal. How animals and vegetation survive in such a climate is incredible,

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How important it is to eat a fresh varied diet [Podcast]

In this episode of the Self Sufficient Me Show we go for a walk around the property and I chat about the importance of eating a variety of healthy, fresh food as much as possible from the home garden. In the "what's growing now" segment, I describe some of the plants we have growing now

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Hard Times Ahead – Start Growing Your Food Now! [Podcast]

In this podcast, I go for a walk around our acreage and chat about the possibility of a recession and how growing food can help. I convey my thoughts on governmental "climate change" policies here in Australia and generally around the world vs practical environmentalism. Also, I answer some common questions I get in the

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The Raised Garden Bed Revolution in Backyard Vegetable Growing

About 8 years ago, when I first started creating regular content on backyard vegetable growing in raised beds (particularly the high sided ones) there wasn't much interest. However, these days there are plenty more people who have joined the raised bed "revolution" and realise this method of food gardening is the best.  Initially, I found (to

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