Writers that connect us deeply to nature and ourselves

Some nature writers have an incredible ability to transport us into the wild.  Their essays convey the green calmness of being immersed in and cocooned by a natural place.  Or that sense of recognition that within ourselves we possess the same universal spark of life ever present in the wilderness. Reading about nature for relaxation … Continue reading Writers that connect us deeply to nature and ourselves

Simple crop rotation for a healthy vegetable patch

For thousands of years the practice of crop rotation has been benefiting home gardeners and farmers. Every change of season here I look forward to getting out my seed collection and planning what veggies I am going to grow.  There's something very comforting about planning for the half a year ahead, whilst I leaf through … Continue reading Simple crop rotation for a healthy vegetable patch

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Using apps to plan and track your simple self-sufficient life

Plant seeds in the kitchen garden, make sourdough bread, bottle the homemade ginger beer, dry the herbs, construct a greenhouse, and make laundry gel. Each day in a simple and self-sufficient lifestyle brings something exciting and different do to.  But how do you keep track of the next job, book to learn from, skill to … Continue reading Using apps to plan and track your simple self-sufficient life

Why I dream of being self-sufficient

Self-sufficiency is a life-long goal for many people.  A debt-free abundant existence.  All of your food growing  in the garden, preserves in the cellar, an off-grid home, and the skills and equipment to make whatever else you need to live a good life. This is the future I imagine for my family and I.  Working … Continue reading Why I dream of being self-sufficient

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Preparing the vegetable patch for next season in 4 easy steps

Change of season is one of the best times of the year. One of the things I look forward to in Autumn is to prepare and plant the kitchen garden beds for the cooler season ahead. Are you keen to prep your garden to produce some delicious veggies for the table this winter? This simple … Continue reading Preparing the vegetable patch for next season in 4 easy steps