Mark Valencia

The Good Culture of Fermented Cucumber Pickles

Last October (2018) we were lucky enough to take a short family holiday to the USA and it was a pickled cucumber experience I had whilst in America that inspired me to write this post. Now, this article isn't going to be a history lesson on pickled cucumbers in America nor is it a "how-to"

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5 Top Tips on How to Grow a Ton of Onions

It’s time to peel back the layers to expose my secret to growing onions. But just a quick safety warning before we get started remember when eating onions on a roll or a folded bread ALWAYS place the onions under the sausage… The reason I say this (tongue in cheek) is due to a recent

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I’m a MILLIONAIRE? Because I Own an Investment Property

According to Bill Shorten, the current opposition leader here in Australia, people like me are "millionaires" because we own an investment property. Happy days! If only it were true… The soon to be Prime Minister, if the polls stay on track into next year's general election (and they probably will) made the "millionaire" statement in

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WARNING Your Kids Vs Adult Neck-Bearded Online Gamers is Risky

I thought I would write this article as a concerned parent to alert others who may be considering buying their children a gaming console for Christmas this year.  Our children have been playing console games ever since our eldest could handle a controller back in about 2008 and over the years I have been a close

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How to Grow Galangal 5 Top TIPS! (Includes Video)

The following article is a modified transcript from a video I created on how to grow galangal so if you'd rather watch the video instead of reading scroll down to the bottom of the page.  This is my five top tips on how to grow a ton of galangal for some reason I think of

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You BASTARDS – ACCC Confirms Energy Coys Rip-Off

Yesterday, the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) released a scathing report into the energy market here in Australia basically stating that the reason Australia's electricity prices are so high was due to collusion, greed, dishonesty, and incompetence of politicians, bureaucrats, and energy company executives.  For the best part of a decade elitists pushing green

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What to Use When You Have Run Out of Compost?

There’s arguably nothing better for your backyard garden than your own homemade rich compost made from kitchen scraps, grass clippings, and other organic garden waste. Compost adds nutrients to the soil creating food for plants, worms, fungi, and microbes it also helps give the soil structure and water holding qualities reducing the need to water

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Honey Bee Crisis – Let’s Find a Solution

With honey bees in dangerous decline around the world, how are crops going to be pollinated in the future? This is a major concern for scientists and farmers because if honeybees die out humans might starve! Whilst honey bees have been declining year after year since the 1940’s a certain bee here in Australia has

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Plastic Bag Ban – Great Excuse to Grow Your Own Food

The Plastic Bag Ban will commence on 1st July 2018 around Australia – anyone caught with or using a plastic shopping bag after this date will be ridiculed via a severe public "bagging out" before being jailed for environmental vandalism.  The first part of the sentence above is true – the plastic bag ban will

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My Budget Reply Speech – Start Growing Your Own Food ASAP

I advise everyone who can grow food on their own property to do so or at least start preparing to become self-sufficient in as much as possible because I fear even harder times are coming…   Treasurer of Australia (The Hon Scott Morrison) has announced Australia's Annual Budget and already the rhetoric has outweighed the substance.   

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Limited Sympathy For Live Sheep Export Farmers

It's unsurprising to me to see the rising swell of Australian's jumping on board the BAN LIVE SHEEP EXPORTS ship despite their conflicted goodwill towards our farmers.  I'm one of those people who feel sorry for the farmer and their family whose livelihood is wrapped up in the live sheep export business but then, on

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Childcare or Daycare Vs Stay at Home Instead & Look After Your Own Kids

When it comes to childcare versus stay-at-home I pick stay-at-home anytime for children, parents, and lifestyle overall.    Today, as at the writing of this article, yet again parents around Australia are losing money and being unfairly disrupted due to their local childcare/daycare centre staff going on strike. Whilst I have no gripe with individual

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ABC’s Four Corners Farmers Sow Climate Change Crop of Crap

Fully State-funded Australian broadcaster and (practically) far left propaganda machine "Our" ABC goes on a soapbox rampage pushing their climate change religion once again through their flagship show Four Corners. This time in a desperate attempt to be seen as authentic, the show selected several actual farming businesses who claim to be in a constant

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How to Plant & Grow Avocado Trees in Clay Soil

I've learnt the hard way when it comes to growing avocado trees. Scroll to the end of this article to watch the VBlog (video).  Initially, back in 2006 when I planted several avos in our orchard, I thought that a foot of topsoil would be enough to grow a healthy avocado tree. All our other

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Politicising Mental Health Issues is Mental

I've written several articles about mental health and this one on PTSD sums up my feelings perfectly, but everything I have written on this subject (so far) has been on coping with or managing mental illness – this article is different… This article is a kick in the arse to everyone who uses mental health issues as a

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