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If you're looking for information on living and farming on a lifestyle block then you've come to the perfect place.

You’ll find hundreds of information-packed articles in the lifestyle file covering just about everything you need to know about rural living.

Our columnists provide advice and ideas to inspire you. Our classifieds are best place to buy and sell the things you need and if you want to ask for advice, or offer it, then head to our lively forums.

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Hot Wire

Hot Wire

Telling it like it is.

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When the shoestring's a bit short

When the shoestring's a bit short

A weekly piece full of tips and old fashioned wisdom (with an up-to-date twist) to help with the constant battle of financial survivial.

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Down to the ground

Down to the ground

Diana Noonan, award-winning author and passionate gardener shares her ideas and inspires us to make the most of our gardens.

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  • Space Secrets

    vegetable juiceGrrr! Just how am I supposed to get the garden in shape for spring when the carrots are still occupying the bed I want to pour compost onto, the leeks are where the manure is supposed to go, and the parsnips are in the way of the seaweed? It's an annual headache – as it is for everyone. You don't want to waste the vegetables that are still growing but it's now that the garden needs enriching for the next crop!

  • Wind power

    windturbineYou live on a windy ridge. Sunshine is unreliable (imagine the west coast of the South Island), and you're a long way from the nearest power pole. The simple solution to your energy requirements is a micro wind generator, isn't it? The answer is "well, maybe."

  • Time is not Your Enemy

    sundialIf you're involved in the international WWOOF movement (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) then I'm sure you'll know what I mean when I say that hosts are often on the receiving end of some far-reaching insights from the young people who pass through their homes, even if these pieces of 'wisdom' have seemingly nothing to do with gardening.