Mark Valencia

Chicken Feed Scooper Made From Coke Soda Bottle

Make a free DIY chicken feed scooper today! Here's a nice simple tip to make a DIY scooper for those who keep chickens and any other animal for that matter requiring the scooping out of feed from a bin or bag etc. The DIY feed scooper is made out of a soda/soft drink bottle, such

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Ditch the Gloves & Use Laundry Sponges for Weights Training Instead

Sponges for lifting weights is the go! A tip for those getting into body building, weight training just for fitness, and lifting heavy things in the gym is to use standard laundry sponges instead of expensive weight training gloves during their workout. Personally, I hate wearing gloves when I’m doing a weights training session because,

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Flower Beetle – Good Bug for the Garden Collection

The flower Beetle is harmless in the garden Common Name: Flower Beetle Scientific Name: Glycyphana stolata Order: Coleoptera Family: Scarabaeidae Host range or situation where pest is usually found: Native flowers and fruit tree flowers. The image in this post is of a flower beetle on a Meyer lemon flower. Damaging stage (s): Adults feed

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Pod Sucking Bug

Pod sucking bugs are not a good find in the garden Common Name: Pod sucking bug Scientific Name: Riptortus serripes  Order: Hemiptera Family: Alydidae (Broad headed Bugs) Host range or situation where pest is usually found: Native seed pods and bean pods in vegetable garden. The image in this post is of a pod sucking

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How Many Chickens Do I Need?

How many chickens should you keep? How many chickens does the average newbie chicken keeper really need? Or, how many chickens should I start out with? These are two common questions asked by people who want to start keeping chickens but aren't quite sure about egg laying or chicken maintenance. The first thing I say

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Can I Keep Just One Chicken?

Can you just keep one chicken I should you have more? Can I keep just one chicken or will it fret? One of the great things about chickens is their versatility. They are also an independent animal and often like to be on their own. Therefore, it is OK to keep just one chicken because

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When Will My Chickens Start Laying?

Here's some info on when chickens start laying eggs Chickens usually start laying between 16 to 20 weeks or around 4 to 5 months old; however, it can take a little longer for hens to settle in and start laying especially if they have been moved to a new area or spent a fair amount

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Can I Keep Just One Duck?

Keep a couple of ducks to keep them happy You can keep just one duck, obviously, but you shouldn't and here's why. One black hen, a couple or ducks, 3 brown bears, 4 running hares… Remember this verbal game? If you do, you probably drank too much in your early 20's ha-ha… However, my loose

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What Does “Point of Lay Chickens” Mean?

You often hear the term "point of lay" in association with buying or selling chickens so what does point of lay actually mean? Simply, the term "point of lay" means hens which have matured to the stage when they should be starting to lay eggs. The time it usually takes for a good laying breed

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How to use a tiller or rotary hoe in the backyard?

This video goes through a standard tiller (one that I personally own) and gives a rundown of how it works. After the chat, the video then shows the tiller working and how after the ground is tilled it is made into furrows and then prepared for growing vegetables with irrigation hose and weed matting. So,

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How to make a strong tomato trellis?

This video explains how to make a trellis specifically for growing tomatoes but it really can be used for any other food crop requiring support to grow. The demonstration shows how the posts are dug and set and the wire strung across and tensioned to make a solid support structure for growing tomatoes.

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Heirloom vegetables – what are they?

Heirloom vegetables isn't the most exciting topic and my wife would say this video doesn't help the cause but for those of us who love our heirloom backyard fruits and vegetables, heirloom is an exciting topic indeed. Heirloom seeds are a growing industry (somewhat of a resurgence) due to the large farming practices using too

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Lemongrass growing transplanting demo and uses

Those who know the herb lemongrass probably know about the huge range of products it can be used to make like citronella to keep the mosquitos away, cosmetics, creams, food flavouring etc. However, not many people realise how easy lemongrass is to grow and how it can be used in the garden not only as

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Toro Timecutter Mower Fabricated Deck Review

Toro has a great name when it comes to ride-on mowers and their zero turn range are no exception. I don't have a huge property by any means but 3 acres can still be a fair bit to mow and that's why I have a ride-on. Lucky for me a good friend of mine whom

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Easy and Cheap DIY Fruit Fly Trap

Fruit fly is a major problem for many food gardeners all around the world! The female fruit fly lays her eggs under the skin of the fruit by using a stinger on her abdomen. The eggs quickly develop into larva (maggots) which spoil the fruit badly. Chemical sprays are effective but they are also extremely

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Man Vs Tomato (toasted cheese & tomato open melt)

This video about how to make tomato and cheese open melts is mainly targeted at university students who have left home for the first time and had mummy cook and clean for them right up until they left. The degree of difficulty in making this recipe is rated slightly above making a standard cheese and

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Piri Piri quail on Weber Q 220

We grow, process, and cook our own quail here at Self Sufficient Me and this video demonstrates how to make our special favourite way of cooking quail piri piri style. The BBQ unit used is a Weber Q 220 but honestly any barby with an enclosed lid can do the job and cook quail this

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