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 ......

bush vegetable garden raised beds

Tim's vegetable garden in bushland South Australia. 

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  Mark Valencia — Thank you Kate and thanks for your contributions to our forum also! Cheers ...
  Kate — Well written Mark and well done Tim. You are an inspiration Tim, thanks for your contributions on the forum, they are a great learning source for us all. Keep up the great work, both of you ...
  Mark Valencia — Thanks Mary! Everyone is valuable to our forum but those who choose to contribute a little (like you, Tim, and a growing number of others, are the people who enrich our forum to make it so informative and fun! Cheers ......

Fresh food prices might be steep but there are ways to offset the costs of things you can't grow! 

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  Mark Valencia — Hi Yuri, thanks for your input :smile:...
  Yuri — Hi Mark, I currently grow most of my own food, we grow all of our own meat and eggs and as much fruit and vegetables as I have time for. I have bred some of my own varieties of vegetables which suit my purposes/climate better than the varieties I can buy. Needless to say I am all for growing yo......
  Mark Valencia — Great Idea Jacinta! 50 cent avocados is awesome!...

Beetroot crowd growing

Forget the laborious task of thinning seedlings out or the planting guides on the back of seed packets and follow the simple principal of crowd growing instead for better vegetable garden success! 

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  Mark Valencia — Great to know Liam - I'm about to plant some cucumbers tomorrow actually so I'll be sure to plant them close! Cheers ...
  Liam — Great tactic! Growing my romaine and cucumbers this way! Working great!...
  Mark Valencia — Hi Mary, you make so much sense - weeds of course! I think mimicking nature is a great way to explain crowd growing and I agree we can learn a lot more by taking a step back from the norm and applying natures law. Thanks for taking the time to comment Mary! Cheers ......

Grow a gazania in your garden for a low fuss great looking flower, which attracts benefical animals to help your food garden thrive! 

cucumber seedlings in garden

This is a quick guide about how easy it is to get free plants from your garden! 

How much drainage and top soil should be used when filling a raised garden bed? 

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  Tom Murray — Hi Mark, At present we have normal garden beds for our veggies, and I'm thinking of putting in raised beds to about the height that you suggest. (around 80cms.) I've been pondering about putting a false base in, at the 40cm depth, with the lower part being a void. My thought is to use marine ply, su......

my allotment vegetable garden

A short post about allotment, community, and owning your vegetable garden with a YouTube twist. 

Easter food gardening with no mention of bunnies at all!

Meyer lemon tree with lemons

How to grow the best lemon tree (the Meyer lemon) and make the fruit into marmalade/jam! 

Here are some growing tips and information you won't find anywhere else about the amazing eggplant. 

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  Mark Valencia — Hi Shirley, thank you heaps for taking the time to comment! It's so great you are getting into the garden you'll become an addictive green thumb in no time at all!!! Gardening is really easy (especially food gardening) most of it is common sense and if you have any questions please ask here on our......
  Shirley Rowe — Thanks for the tips about how to grow eggplants! I am very new in the gardening so I have no background about it. I hope with your tips I will be able to cope with harvesting and growing!...

Which raised garden bed should you choose for your vegetable garden? Here's some popular examples to help you choose. 

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  Mark Valencia — Show me the proof then, that treated pine does indeed leach into the soil in such amounts that it is deemed dangerous... Just playing the devil's advocate that's all because I like facts. Oh, and read this article as it might help also, cheers ......
  Numbat — "Treated pine has been given a bad name due to the unproven claims chemicals leach into the surrounding soil and then get absorbed by the growing vegetables which we inturn ingest." Well for your info, manufacturers of treated pine sleepers do NOT recommend using them for sensitive applications lik......
  Mark Valencia — Hey Scott, sorry I didn't reply sooner I never got notified of your comment until now - it's a new system... I have used treated pine sleepers for raised garden beds but I lined the inside with builders plastic (just like you did) then over a few years the treated chemicals naturally disperse anyw......

The pod sucking bug really does suck in the garden...

Flower beetles may look like a problem but they are fine to have in the garden.

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