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…

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…

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…