Self-Sufficiency Made Simple podcast is here to share practical tips and hacks helping you overcome confusion about how to grow your own yummy food, keep healthy and happy chickens and even venture into the world of bees. And, do it all in your own backyard. Your host Jo Flintham from SoH Farmlet is all about making things simple, fun and easy in the garden. With many years of food growing experience and lessons, Jo shares how to start where you are with what you have to create your own self-sufficient source of food in any space and enjoy an endless source of homegrown goodness.
#24 No Dig Garden Beds
No dig gardening is better for you, better for the soil and better for your veggies. It just makes sense.
Dig the way we kicked off season 2?
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#23 Demystifying Permaculture Principles
When I first heard the word permaculture & heard that there were 12 principles it conjured up all sorts of complicated concepts that my new gardening brain just couldn’t fathom.
I was flat out working out how to keep a few pots of herb alive let alone applying 12 principles to my gardening. I mean, come on!! Who has time for that?
What I came to realise is that we all do. Permaculture is something we can all use to help guide our food growing journey and more.
I want to demystify permaculture for the newbie gardener a little but. Take out some of the unfamiliar language that can sometimes cause us to think what the duck does that even mean.
#22 Preserving End of Season Harvests
Here in the Hunter Valley Winter is definitely on it’s way. Our nights are getting down to under 10 deg c and even though the days are stunning, there is a definite chill. This means that many of our warm loving plants have packed it up for the season.
The cucumber vine died back almost overnight even though we hadn’t had a frost. The cherry tomatoes plants are covered in green tomatoes but they are starting to get attacked by bugs and the basil is all but done.
On the plus side our eggplants and zucchinis are still going strong and of all things, the pumpkins have decided to give a last hoorah putting on some last minute growth and baby pumpkins too. I will let them do their thing until we have a frost due then I will pick them like a woman possessed the day before.
This is totally reliant of course, on me getting my but into the garden in time. But that is part of the fun of gardening.
#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 practice that has petered out over the last few generations. Why?
#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 went down some cool rabbit holes together, talked about the fun stuff, talked about the hard stuff and touched on some home truths.
We talked about:
🌼 Connecting with nature
🌽 Growing food
🌿 Imperfect gardens
🐛 Soil health and compost
👩🌾 Farming practices
🌏 Passion for saving the world & more!
I had been ‘stalking’ Rachelle for some time on Instagram and her blog, taking inspiration, learning and loving what she stands for. When I reached out and asked her if she would be interested in being on the podcast her response was ‘Sure, but I don’t know what I really have to share’.
Talk about make me giggle because this lady is on a mission to change the world, one person at a time. And, HAS SO MUCH TO SHARE. I know because we could’ve talked for hours and not even scraped the sides.
So grab a cuppa or a wine, if it’s that time, settle in for about an hour and enjoy a conversation that I know you will love.
Video here→ https://sohfarmlet.com.au/podcast/episode-20-interview-with-rachelle-winter-from-twomuddyboots-com/
#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 person who doesn’t believe in anything woo woo then this episode may be a bit challenging for you. I want to share with you that I am all about the woo and anyone who knows me understands that I make decisions and take actions based on my intuition. If it doesn’t feel right I won’t do it.
Enjoy nature, consciously connect. Every plant is connected and so are we.
Love love love
I’m learning so much totally soaking it all up and planning my food forest at my one day home ❤️👨🏽🌾
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Love the perennials episode
Been surrounded by these types of trees and plants when I was a kid, now I know there’s so much more I could do with them. Thanks Jo, and I love lemongrass !!! for everything!