Garden Resources for a Self Sufficient Garden

Do you dream of self sufficiency? The first step to providing your own food is to grow your own self sufficient garden. Get all you need to know to get started. Sign up and receive our comprehensive list of nitrogen fixing plants instantly.


This is the growing collection of recipes, tips and tricks related to your vegetable garden, growing herbs and fruit at your place.


A quick start guide to growing your own vegetables
Do you want to grow a garden, but aren't sure where to start? Our seed sowing guide for beginners with give you the tips on tricks you need to sow your own seeds
Weekly Garden Series – A Weekly Guide for a Self Sustainable GardenWeekly Garden Series – A Weekly Guide for a Self Sustainable Garden


Growing a vegetable garden is the first step in self sufficiency, food security and knowing where you food comes from.

Create a self sufficient vegetable patch. Benefits of Mulching - How to Grow a Prolific Garden.

The benefits to having your own compost in your garden is huge. Here at 5 of the best reasons why you should be making your own compost.

Building a compost pile is a necessary thing for your garden. Compost is very beneficial and it is a lot easier to get right than you might think! Find out how to do it today, or pin it for later!

Zone 9 seed sowing and harvesting guide, what to plant and when in your garden.

Make your own Effective Pesticide Neem Oil and Garlic Organic Spray Recipe


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The first thing you need to find out is roughly what USDA Zone you live in. USDA Zones are divided up based on your area's average temperatures over the last 30 or so years. Knowing what zone you are in will ensure you are planting the right plants at the right time of year for optimal success.

Designing a food forest from the ground up can be an overwhelming and seemingly insurmountable task at the beginning. I have created a series to help you in the design process. I will hold your hand while you get the hang of it all. I am right there beside you growing my own food forest from scratch with you.

When it comes to planning the layout of your backyard, permaculture zones will help you work out what to put where and why. This case study looks at the layout of Piwakawaka Valley.

Growing a food forest is a great way to use permaculture to ensure you have a sustainable, organic, perennial food production space in your backyard. We include 5 steps to creating a food forest at your place.

magine growing vegetables that require just about the same amount of care as perennial flowers and shrubs—no annual tilling and planting. They thrive and produce abundant and nutritious crops throughout the season. Once established in the proper site and climate, perennial vegetables planted can be virtually indestructible despite neglect.

Grafting fruit trees ourselves means we have to wait a couple more years for fruit. It also means I can do it for around $6/tree.

The benefits of cover crops, green manure result in a productive garden

Crop rotation is a simple concept often made difficult. With a good permaculture crop rotation system you will develop a productive garden.

Companion Planting can be a confusing business. It takes a while to get your head around companion plant combinations that work and don't work together. Some plants work better with others and some are a terrible combination and they both struggle. Here are some well known combinations that work and you should aim for, or don't and you should avoid.

Make your own Effective Pesticide Neem Oil and Garlic Organic Spray Recipe

The Self Sufficient Garden

Being self sufficient is the dream of any homesteader.  Having a self sufficient garden is the beginning of becoming a producer rather than a consumer.

There are many reasons to grow your own vegetables, having food self reliance is only one of them.

Planning to be self sufficient in your garden takes some organisation and thought. Permaculture zones are a great place to start when planning a homestead.

They help you plan what you will use most often, and how to minimise your travel around your yard.

There are things you can do to reduce the amount of time you spend in your garden, making your place an efficient homestead.

Mulching, cover crops and perennial vegetables all play a part in a permaculture garden. Planting nitrogen fixing plants enriches your soil.

There are other things that you can do to save more money in the garden – make your own organic bug sprays, graft your own trees or grow your plants from seed.

If you haven’t grown anything in the past, I suggest our guide to starting a garden from scratch.

Once you are sorted with the basics you can jump on and follow our weekly garden guide that lets you know what you need to do and when in your garden.

So there you have it, all that you need to know to grow a self sufficient garden for your homestead. Grab your list of nitrogen fixing plants here.