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.

Beginners Guide to Growing Amazing Herbs

Welcome to our 'Start a Vegetable Garden From Scratch' Episode number Three - growing herbs.  It is now the middle of Spring here and so far in the garden at Piwakawaka Valley we have some rosemary, Thyme, Parsley (curly and plain), Chives, Cabbage and Broccoli....

The 10 Easiest Vegetables to Grow for Beginners

When I first started gardening, what I wanted to know is what are the easiest vegetables to grow for beginners. It turns out there are some vegetables that are much easier to grow than others. Some vegetables are easy for beginners to start with and many don't have...

5 Easy Steps to A High Production Food Forest

One of the most sustainable, long term ways of getting food out of your yard is by developing a food forest. Starting a food forest can seem like a complex thing, but really once you have designed the main layout, you can continue to keep adding to your food forest...

4 Convincing Reasons to Grow Your Own Vegetables

I have to be honest, I love my vegetable garden. I love to grow my own vegetables, I love the feeling of feeding the family with home grown food, out of my own vegetable garden. It is the I-go- through-withdrawal-when-I-don't-have-one kind of love. But it wasn't...

Splitting and Dividing Flax or Grasses

One of my sisters has just recently bought the rental they were living in off of my parents. After much bush-whacking you can now see the path around the back, the sun, and some garden. That garden is full of self-sown tree babies. She kindly gave me a massive bunch...

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