Support Me

Brands I Work With & Products I Recommend

Over the years, I’ve purchased and used a ton of products to help do what I do here on our property, and I like sharing this information with you. One way I earn money is through affiliate links whereby I recommend a product, Brand, or service via a link on my Website, and if you click on these links and then subsequently make a purchase, I get a small commission at no extra cost to you – it’s a win-win!

But there’s more! Often, I will negotiate a DEAL with these Brands to SHARE my commission with YOU so that you can purchase the product at a discounted rate. Also, I am very particular about who and what Brands I work with so that when I do recommend something to you, it’s a product or brand I truly believe in and not just a way to earn a quick buck.

The following lists are links to Brands and Products I use or have used that I rate highly and recommend:

Birdies Garden Products

Birdies (another family small business with a great idea and lovely people) were the first in the world to make, and retail raised garden beds made from aluzinc and I immediately fell in love with them because I had been searching for a way to make gardening easier for myself with all my many ailments!

I’ve been using Birdies Garden Beds since 2008. Stand-up gardening, less bending, and less effort, makes gardening more fun and accessible to more people plus the aluzinc raised garden beds themselves are a top product! Highly durable, long lasting, strong, and they look AWESOME.

If you are in the USA, check out my mate Kevin – from Epic Gardening here and use SSME2020 on checkout for 5% off.

In Australia, go to Birdies Garden Products Australia and use code SSMEbird for a 5% discount, or in New Zealand, go to Birdies Garden Products NZ and use Code ssmebird22 for 5% off your first purchase.

Harvest Right Freeze Dryer

200x200-1Harvest Right is the inventor and manufacturer of the world’s first home appliance freeze dryer – an absolute game changer for backyard preserving!

Follow this link here to the Harvest Right Website and check out their freeze dryer range.

The applications for freeze-dried foods are endless, and I’m making up new treats and condiments all the time, from powdered herbs to crunchy banana chips.


Hoselink is a great family business with a typical story of what hard work and passion can create. Their products are developed out of solving problems for gardeners and anyone who has ever been frustrated when a hose or connection doesn’t operate as it should. Plus, the people who run the company are nice, down-to-earth, and fair.

Use this link here to automatically get 10% off your purchase from the Hoselink store.

If you’re looking for top environmentally friendly fertilisers, tonics, and other essential plant products, this is the online store to browse.  The Plant Doctor’s main HQ is situated down the Gold Coast QLD, Australia. They are a family-run and owned business and I have visited them personally for a tour of their store and factory. 

I use and recommend their products all the time in our garden and with the convenience of online ordering combined with low postage costs it saves me time and effort.  Use code SSME10 to get 10% off products (not shipping) from


Ocean2earth is a relatively new start-up eco company that turns stinky fish waste from boat ramps and fish shops into rich, wonderful, healthy, nice-smelling sea mineral compost that is a great additive for garden plants!  What an awesome idea 🙂
Enter the discount code SSM at checkout on the Ocean2earth Website here and get a 5% discount on the 1.5L and 3L bags plus free shipping Australia-wide! 

Excalibur Food Dehydrator

I purchased our Excalibur Food Dehydrator back in 2011! Since then, we’ve used our machine for hours and hours over the past 11-plus years to make a ton of delicacies like jerky, South African-inspired biltong, dried tomatoes, healthy fruit wraps, and more.

Go here to their Website and check out the Excalibur dehydrator range.

Excalibur was one of the first companies to make kitchen dehydrators, and then their design was copied by others. However, I still think they are the most innovative and best dehydrator retailer on the market, and when my old Excalibur finally “blows” up, I will buy another one!  

Patreon – support for a perk

The $5 tier allows access to extra content such as my podcast and the $25 Mentoring tier gets you direct & priority access to me via a VIP email where you can ask questions/advice and interact with me personally about your own projects etc. Support me on Patreon here 

PayPal – one-off donation

You can also make a one-off donation to help us continue to make content to share the message of self-sufficiency with more people. Donate with PayPal here

Lastly, don’t feel obligated to buy something just to “Support Me” Please only buy things you need. When you watch a video on our YouTube Channel or read an article on our Website you automatically support Self Sufficient Me and we’re very grateful for that. When you share our content with others or on social media this helps a ton! 

At the end of the day, your support however you give it is valuable and I/we are grateful. Cheers, Mark 🙂