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.

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

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.

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.

Our Monthly Gardening Guide for Zones 1-10

Other Free Gardening Resources

4 Easy steps to start a vegetable garden from scratch, a beginners guide to growing your own vegetables and food plants at home. Become more self sufficient this season and grow some veggies in your own garden. #beginnergarden #piwakawakavalley
Grab your free PDF seed sowing and harvesting guide, what to plant and when in your garden.
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.
Herbal medicine is the foundation of almost all of our modern medicines, and when practised wisely by a skilled practitioner, it can be just as effective, if not more so.  There are many benefits of herbal medicine, here we will explore the top 7 benefits of using home remedies, as well as some of the risks associated with using traditional herbal medicines. #naturalremedies #herbalmedicine #piwakawakavalley
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.
Growing a vegetable garden is the first step in self sufficiency, food security and knowing where you food comes from.
Buying a homestead is the dream of many. It does come with its own risks and benefits. If you buy the wrong block of land, you will be stuck with the consequences for a long time to come. It is important to think very carefully before buying a block of land. Buying rural land is very different to buying in the city, and the bigger the plot, the more there is to consider. #piwakawakavalley #homesteading #homestead #rurallife
Foraging for food is super satisfying, but these 5 foods you do not have to travel far to find. In fact you can probably forage from your backyard for this list. It might surprise you that you can eat them, but you can, and they are delicious!
Have you put off growing herbs in your garden because you don't know where to start? Here is some tips for beginners to growing your own herbs at home. #herbs #gardening #homesteading
Growing potatoes in pots, a beginners guide to growing your own potatoes. You can grow spuds in pots, containers or tyres with great results. Find out how today! #piwakawakavalley #potatoes #vegeteablegarden
I seriously miss fresh vegetables over the winter. Here are 5 plants that grow really well indoors over winter.
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Honey bees are facing extinction. There are some things we can do to help ensure their survival. Having a garden full of bee friendly plants is one of them. Here are 40 fabulous plants to get you started with planing a bee friendly garden. #bees #keepingbees #gardening #sustainability #homesteading
big list of nitrogen fixing plants for your garden #piwakawakavalley
Have you got a bumper carrot harvest and need tips on storing your root vegetables over winter without the refrigerator? Here are several ways to store carrots, beets, turnips after harvest. #piwakawakavalley #storingtheharvest #foodpreservation #rootcellar #carrots #beets
These are the 3 tricks I use for my Heirloom tomatoes to tell when they are ripe as they come in such a large range of colors. Here is how to tell if green, yellow, black, pink and red tomatoes are ready to harvest. #tomatoes #growingtomatoes #summerharvest #homestead #gardening #garden #selfsufficiency
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.
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.
Make your own Effective Pesticide Neem Oil and Garlic Organic Spray Recipe
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.
Have you thought about growing medicinal herbs at home but don't know where to start? Here I will show you my top 10 herbs to grow in your garden and their common uses. #gardening #herbs #prepping
We have set up this passive grey water recycling system that feeds my plants while I am busy doing other things. DIY, do it yourself, make your own, recycle, upcycle, shabby chic, aged wood, rustic, DIY home decor, DIY craft, make your own gifts, DIY projects, DIY instructions, #selfsufficiency #blacksmith #diyproject #diyoutdoorprojects
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.
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!
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
Growing your own garlic is so super easy. I challenge you to give it a go this year! Growing garlic as a cash crop is a legitimate option for making money from your garden.
Create a self sufficient vegetable patch. Benefits of Mulching - How to Grow a Prolific Garden.
The benefits of cover crops, green manure result in a productive garden
Imagine 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.
Crop rotation is a simple concept often made difficult. With a good permaculture crop rotation system you will develop a productive garden.
When you start a new garden, or renovate and old one, plants can be expensive! Did you know you can get free plants by dividing flax, tussock and other grasses? #gardening #frugal #homesteading