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Episode #21 Seed Saving Facts

Episode #21 Seed Saving Facts

Ep #21 - Seed Saving Facts Gardeners have been saving seeds for thousands of years. First for food security, then to preserve the best varieties and more recently to ensure biodiversity.  Seed saving is something that was a given for our great grandparents but is a...

Episode #20 Interview with Rachelle Winter from twomuddyboots.com

Episode #20 Interview with Rachelle Winter from twomuddyboots.com

Ep #20 Interview with Rachelle Winter from twomuddyboots.com This week I had my very first podcast interviewee on the Self-Sufficiency Made Simple Podcast, and it was AWESOME!! Rachelle Winter from Two Muddy Boots blog joined me and we had an amazing conversation. We...

Episode #19 Connection Between Gardening and Wellbeing

Episode #19 Connection Between Gardening and Wellbeing

Ep #19 - Connection Between Gardening and Wellbeing I know for many gardeners that their garden is their sanctuary, their happy place. It is the space they go to when they feel out of kilter or when they need to not people any more.  If you are a more rationalist type...

Episode #18 – 8 Common Herbs with Medicinal Properties

Episode #18 – 8 Common Herbs with Medicinal Properties

Ep #18 - 8 Common Herbs with Medicinal Properties Medical herbs have been used for eons. Some now see it as outdated and others swear and even rely on the power of healing herbs. Wherever you sit on this scale there’s no denying that some plants, especially herbs have...

Episode #17 Move It On – Crop Rotation

Episode #17 Move It On – Crop Rotation

Episode #17 Move It Along - Crop Rotation Back in episode 8 of the Self-Sufficiency Made Simple Podcast we covered the difference between perennials and annuals. If you haven’t listened to that episode yet and aren’t sure of the difference make sure you put it on your...

Episode #16 My Autumn ToDo List

Episode #16 My Autumn ToDo List

Episode #16 - My Autumn Todo List In temperate zones in the southern hemisphere, we have just transitioned into autumn. It’s cooling off, the colours in nature are starting to change and the garden starts to get a really great vibe.  I love this time of year.  Apart...

Episode #15 – 8 Simple Ways To Grow Food In Your Backyard

Episode #15 – 8 Simple Ways To Grow Food In Your Backyard

Episode #15 - 8 Simple Ways To Grow Food In Your Backyard A while back I asked a gardening community what was something they wished they knew before starting their own food garden. I had many responses including when to plant, water, fertilise, what grows well in...

Episode #14 – 7 ‘Must Knows’ For Keeping Hens

Episode #14 – 7 ‘Must Knows’ For Keeping Hens

Episode #14 - 7 'Must Knows' For Keeping Hens Keeping backyard chickens is one of the most rewarding things that you can do on your self-sufficiency journey. Hearing the clucks, koos and squawks of your girls talking to you and each other is something that will make...

Episode #13 What to Grow in Sunny & Shady Spots

Episode #13 What to Grow in Sunny & Shady Spots

Episode #13 Growing in Sunny & Shady Spots Working out what to grow in the prime sunny spot and what to relegate to the shady areas is something that every backyard gardener has grappled with at some point.  Like us, plants have different preferences. Some love...

Episode #12 – 7 Garden Planning Tips to Make Growing Food Simple

Episode #12 – 7 Garden Planning Tips to Make Growing Food Simple

Garden Planning 7 Tips to Make Growing Food Simple   Identify your growing area and type Include compost systems/worm farms Put garden beds in an area you go past regularly or have easy access to, not in a dead area of your yard How far is access water Are you...

Episode #11 What is Companion Planting & Why Is It Awesome?

Episode #11 What is Companion Planting & Why Is It Awesome?

Companion planting put simply is growing plants together that have a beneficial relationship with one another. And why is it awesome? Because we are working with mother nature rather than spraying chemicals all over her.  When we work collaboratively for the mutual...

Episode #10 – 14 Must Have Veggie Garden Tools

Episode #10 – 14 Must Have Veggie Garden Tools

Companion planting put simply is growing plants together that have a beneficial relationship with one another. And why is it awesome? Because we are working with mother nature rather than spraying chemicals all over her.  When we work collaboratively for the mutual...

Episode #9 – 7 Tips For Growing Great Tomatoes

Episode #9 – 7 Tips For Growing Great Tomatoes

Tomatoes are a staple in any vegetable growers summer garden. It is rewarding when you see the flowers mature into plump juicy fruit that is bursting with flavour.  I want to share my top tips for getting a great crop. These are lessons from trial and error and a few...

Episode #8 Perennials and My Top Grow List

Episode #8 Perennials and My Top Grow List

If the term perennial, annual or biennial is a new term to you then I want to let you know you are not alone. Most people start their gardening journey with nary a clue what all the terms mean and to be totally open, I still get stuck on some of the terms. I’m totally...

Episode #7 – Easy & Cheap Plant Label Ideas

Episode #7 – Easy & Cheap Plant Label Ideas

I am the first to admit that I am a slacker in this department. I always seem to forget about plant labels until after I have planted my seeds, and by the time I get around to it, I have forgotten what I planted where. It’s really surprising how fast you forget what...

Keeping chickens is so much easier than you think!

Download my simple beginners 'chicklist' to get you started.

Keeping chickens is so much easier than you think!

Download my simple beginners 'chicklist' to get you started.

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