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

Here is what to plant in your spring garden in April in the northern hemisphere or October in the southern hemisphere, for USDA zones 1-10. #gardening #veggiegarden #vegetablegarden #homesteading #piwakawakavalley
What to grow in your spring garden in march in the northern hemisphere or in september in the southern hemisphere #homesteading #piwakaeakavalley
Knowing what to grow in your winter vegetable garden is tricky. Here is a list of plants in your USDA Zone that you can plant in February (or July) beginner gardening, growing food, urban garden, winter garden, vegetable garden, self sufficiency
Not sure what to plant in your Winter garden this month? Here is a list of tasks and plants that are suitable for the month of January - or July in the Southern Hemisphere. #vegetablegarden #wintergarden #homesteading
Not sure what to plant in your Winter garden this month? Here is a list of tasks and plants that are suitable for the month of December - or June in the Southern Hemisphere. #vegetablegarden #wintergarden #homesteading
Not sure what to plant in your Fall garden this month? Here is a list of tasks and plants that are suitable for the month of November - or May in the Southern Hemisphere. #vegetablegarden #fallgarden #homesteading
Here is some helpful advice for your garden this fall/autumn. A list of tasks to do and plants you can plant in October in the Northern Hemisphere and April in the Southern Hemisphere.
Knowing what to plant in your garden in September is very helpful for planning your garden. This is also what people in the Southern hemisphere should plant in March!
Knowing what to plant in your garden in August is very helpful for planning your garden. This is also what people in the southern hemisphere should plant in February!
How do you what to plant in your vegetable garden in June? Gardening information sure can get a bit confusing at times! You may get a book to follow along with what to plant in the garden week by week. But unless it is written for your specific area, you will probably struggle if you follow it. Here I will show you what to plant in your vegetable garden in June if you are in the Northern Hemisphere and what to plant in your vegetable garden in December if you are in the Southern Hemisphere.

Other Free Gardening Resources

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
Are you thinking about growing sage in your herb garden this season? You should! Here is everything you need to know about growing and using sage around the homestead and in herbal remedies #piwakawakavalley
Growing great vegetables and flowers required great soil. Find out which organic amendments are best for your soil here. Make sure you prepare your soil well for planting this spring by using these additions to your garden
Growing and using hyssop the herb on the homestead and in your herb garden in your backyard. #piwakawakavalley
Learn these great gardening tips, from a seasoned gardener. Growing potatoes using the back to Eden method of gardening is by far the easiest way to get a good crop of potatoes for beginner gardeners. Follow this step by step guide to growing a good crop of spuds in your vegetable garden this season
Growing tomatoes isn't the easiest. Here are some useful, practical tips for improving your tomato harvest this growing season. #piwakawakavalley
If you are growing seedlings for transplanting in to your vegetable garden this season, be sure to harden the seedlings off correctly before moving the baby plants outside to your permanent garden beds. #piwakawakavalley
Pruning tomatoes correctly can be so confusing when you are a beginner gardener. Here is a step by step guide to pruning tomatoes correctly for a bumper crop of toms in your garden this coming season #vegetablegardening #piwakawakavalley
How to turn bad soil into good soil. Preparing the soil before planting is a key part of growing a garden. Restoring soil is possible when you follow the right steps to improve the soil in your vegetable garden. #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.
Kale is one of the easiest vegetable plants for beginners to grow! Here are step by step instructions on how to grow it in your vegetable or herb garden, or even in pots or containers. Get the full easy instructions in this beginner gardener guide #vegetablegardening #piwakawakavalley
Spinach is one of the easiest vegetable plants for beginners to grow! Here are step by step instructions on how to grow it in your vegetable or herb garden, or even in pots or containers. Get the full easy instructions in this beginner gardener guide #vegetablegardening #piwakawakavalley
Lettuce is one of the easiest vegetable plants for beginners to grow! Here are step by step instructions on how to grow it in your vegetable or herb garden, or even in pots or containers. Get the full easy instructions in this beginner gardener guide #vegetablegardening #piwakawakavalley
Are you new to gardening? Here is the beginners guide to growing cabbage for your vegetable garden, in step by step fashion, everything you need to know about planting cabbage in your backyard #vegetablegarden #piwakawakavalley
Are you new to gardening? Here is the beginners guide to growing carrots for your vegetable garden, in step by step fashion, everything you need to know about planting carrots in your backyard #vegetablegarden #piwakawakavalley
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.
Are you new to gardening? Here is the beginners guide to growing lavender for your vegetable garden, in step by step fashion, everything you need to know about planting lavender in your backyard #vegetablegarden #piwakawakavalley
Back to Eden Gardening is a method of no till and minimal input gardening that is a great and productive way of growing lots of vegetables from your backyard. This beginners guide will show you how BTE gardening can work at your place. #backtoedengarden #vegetablegardening #piwakawakavalley
Are you new to gardening? Here is the beginners guide to growing peas for your vegetable garden, in step by step fashion, everything you need to know about planting peas in your backyard #vegetablegarden #piwakawakavalley
Are you new to gardening? Here is the beginners guide to growing broccoli for your vegetable garden, in step by step fashion, everything you need to know about planting broccoli in your backyard #vegetablegarden #piwakawakavalley
Saving water is a key skill when you are homesteading. Use these useful hacks to conserve water on your farm and reduce your water bill and stay safe in a drought #homesteads #homesteading #piwakawakavalley
Create a self sufficient vegetable patch. Benefits of Mulching - How to Grow a Prolific Garden.
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.
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
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
I seriously miss fresh vegetables over the winter. Here are 5 plants that grow really well indoors over winter.
Are you a beginner gardener? Here are 10 of the easiest vegetables for beginners to grow in their garden. #vegetablegarden #Beginnergardening #piwakawakavalley
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
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.
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.
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