5 Self-Sufficient Gardening Projects for Beginners

A guest post authored by Lauren Schwartz of There’s more to self-sufficient gardening than ornamental plants and decorative sculptures. A productive garden is a healthy garden, and one that can lead to an excellent life goal: self-sufficiency! By growing your own food and in the process caring for nature, you can make the land

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Do These 5 Things to Grow More Veggies All season

At the start of any growing season, people plant like crazy with the excitement of growing vegetables. The excitement can quickly die down though, when those veggies start to pitter out before the season is fully finished, leaving gaps in your garden bed & a gap of time where you could still be growing, harvesting

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3 Easy Ways to Fix Clay Soil

It’s no secret that clay soil is far from the gardeners friend. Poor drainage is a problem, and when the soil is waterlogged your plant roots become starved of oxygen. If the soil is too dry, it can be hard to dig and plant roots can’t grow through it. So how do we fix clay

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When the Going Gets Tough – the Tough Get Going!

Well, here we are at the beginning of a brave new world having been dragged kicking and screaming into this new reality where we must learn to be more self-reliant and more communally and locally co-operative. It’s going to get tough but you know the saying “When the going gets tough, the tough get going!”

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Harper’s Mansion Self-Sufficiency Homestead Food Garden

When visiting my in-laws last holiday season down in NSW (Bowral to be exact) we went on a small day tour out to a winery for lunch and on the way, we stopped in at Harper's Mansion.     A really brief history about Harper's Mansion in Berrima Situated in Berrima approximately 125 kms south of

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Self-Sufficiency Tip: Grow More Than You Need

I often get asked, "what are you going to do with all that produce?" Sometimes people enquire because their first thought when seeing a glut of homegrown food is waste but here's how I see an oversupply of produce: Success – Whenever we get a great harvest I see the achievement. Backyard farming isn't always,

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Grow a Box of Fruit & Vegetables to Give Away!

Giving and receiving is part of human nature no matter how hardened one has become it still feels good to give and most would say even better to receive gifts! However, if you really want to step up the giving and receiving feeling even more then do it with something you can eat and particularly something

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The Hunter/Gatherer – SSM First Blog

This is my first article on Self Sufficient Me (SSM) so let me begin by extending a warm welcome and sincere thanks to you for visiting SSM and I hope this will be the start of many returns by you as we explore the realms of self sufficiency.  I have been interested in self sufficiency

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Traditional Aboriginal Bush Tucker and Self Sufficiency

Introduction This article is about tuning back-in to the nature around us and how we can learn about doing that by looking at self sufficient cultures (like the Australian Aboriginal). Also, in this article I explain how a survival course taught me about bush tucker and self sufficiency. Survival Course in the NT One of

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Self Sufficiency – Forget Permaculture Rules & Just Follow Your Heart

In today’s society we’re constantly bombarded by rules and regulations making us conform to a certain set of community values and logic. Largely, these values, rules, and regulations are good to have and keep our communities organised and functioning. However, the sheer overall success of implementing and upholding laws both locally and globally has led

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Food Security – Are You Prepared For A Doomsday Event?

Often people who grow their own produce, whether plants or animals, are considered to be doing so to save money, eat chemical free food, grow what they can’t buy, or as a hobby to help stay fit and healthy. However, few consider home grown food production (like a backyard vegetable garden) as a way to

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Fruit Tree Diversity For Healthy Eating All Year Round

When I walk around the supermarket fruit aisles, all I see is ever increasing prices for a shrinking array of fresh produce. It seems like there is an attempt to groom ordinary consumers into creatures of habit buying certain premium product lines which are easy to manage with long shelf lives just to allow for

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Where Can I Find a Good Place to be Self-Sufficient?

Where can I find a good place to be self-sufficient is a question pondered by many people from young to old and rich to poor but seldom do you see this question really answered. There’s generally a lot of interest in self-sufficiency and people assume it’s a dream out of the reach of most in

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