How to get started with your food dehydrator

Some of the most intense and delicious flavours can be created by dehydrating food. Think sundried tomatoes, dried apricots, soft apple rings and banana chips. We bought a Kogan dehydrator this week and have started trying it out. This particular brand was half price on the daily deal website “Catch of the Day”.  I don’t…

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…

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…

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…

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…