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Deep Bed Method? - 16 October 2010
 I have had a few days away from the garden, and am now back into it if only the planning stage. My not to be out down next door neighbour, has delivered me some mushrooms (5 Kg) which he picked for free after my diabolical attempt at using spore kits from the UK. He took great pleasure in giving my the carrier bag full, and telling me that it took him 15 minutes to gather them.........

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Early September - 2 September 2010
 Although we are still deep in summer, most of the crops here have finished. My greenhouse after the little bit of rain we had has sprouted a very late watermelon, it is probably to late to ripen but I can't bring myself to kill it just in case!........

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French Beans MarkII - 24 Aug 2010
 My crop of French bewans this year has left quite a lot to be desired, I think I have probaly only managed to harvest about twice of what I actually planted. This sort of ratio does not really make any sense especially the work that goes into planting, weeding and growing the things. I have been aound the village to see if it is just my crop that has failed to work, and unfortunately........

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Potatoes the results are in! - 21 Aug 2010
 I have concluded my thesis on potato growing and am ready to release the results. After struggling getting last years crop of potatoes out of the ground, and knowing that I had probably left a good few in there as well, I decided this year to grow some in containers (well stacks of old tyres)........

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Digging for Victory - 10 Aug 2010
 First of all, Potatoes, I have grown tons of the damn things. Excellent I shall not be buying any this year. I will have plenty to eat all through the winter as well as having loads of new potatoes now for salads, or just boiled with butter. The problem though with potatoes is not planting them or digging the ground is the spring before they are planted. It is getting the blighters........

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Not Always a Good Crop - 24 July 2010
 The problem with trying to grow most if not all of your own food, is that sometimes you are at the mercy of the weather........

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Stringing Onions - 15 July 2010
 My white onions have all been picked from the ground, they are now strung up and getting a bit of sun before they go into my store room. I have let a few go to seed for next year's crop. This year I have also grown red onions but they have a few weeks still to go before I pull them up.......

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Welcome to July 2010
  As well as collecting and preserving the summer glut of tomatoes, peppers and what not from the garden, I have also got to get a fuel pump fixed on my car, have a Bulgarian MOT (4 wheels = pass) and renew my insurance on said vehicle. The tomatoes are preserved the traditional Bulgarian way, by making a kind of tomato puree, and sealing in jars - Not a kilner in sight......

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How Much should I grow - 13 June 2010
  This can be answered quite easily, as much as you can. Even if you can't eat it yourself you can always give it away to friends and neighbours, if they aren't growing their own. It might even convert a few as well......

Way to Self Reliance Part 1 - 13 June 2010
  There are two main methods to becoming more self reliant. You can live as you are and try and provide all the things that you want. Or you can reduce the things you want down to the things you actually need. When people speak to me about being self sufficient, one of the phrases I hear most is. 'Oh I couldn't live without that'. When in truth, if you can provide yourself with food and shelter you actually can do without quite a lot that is deemed essential in the modern world......

Introduction To Becoming More Self Reliant - 4 June 2010
  The Idea to become more self reliant in what I do and how I live probably stems, from being brought up at a time when Felicity Kendal in the Good Life were at their peak. More than that though as a young child I spent many a summer holiday staying with my grandparents......

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 I have only listed here things that I have grown so the list is far from extensive. If you would like to add to this list please email me tgl@thegudlife.com, I will acknowledge all content, that is not my own, and include a link if you so wish.

APPLES—19 May 2010
AUBERGINES—19 May 2010
BASIL—19 May 2010
BEANS (BROAD) - 19 May 2010
BEANS (FRENCH) - 19 May 2010
BEANS (RUNNER) - 19 May 2010
BEETROOT—19 May2010
BROCCOLI—19 May 2010
CABBAGE—19 May 2010
CARROTS— 19May 2010
CHERRIES—19 May 2010
CHILLIS—19 May 2010
CUCUMBERS –19 May 2010
GARLIC—19 May 2010
GRAPES—19 May 2010
LEEKS—19 May 2010
LETTUCE– 19 May 2010
MARROW (& COUGETTE) 20 May 2010
MELONS—20 May 2010
MINT—21 May 2010
MUSHROOMS—21 May 2010
ONIONS— 21 May 2010
PARSNIP—21 May 2010
PEACH—21 May 2010
PEARS—21 May 2010
PEAS—21 May 2010
PEPPERS—21 May 2010
POTATOES 25 May 2010
PUMPKINS 25 May 2010
ROSEMARY 1 Jun 2010
SAGE 2 June 2010
SPINACH 2 June 2010
STRAWBERRY 2 June 2010
SWEETCORN 3 June 2010
TOMATOES 3 June 2010
WHEAT 4 June 2010


Welcome to the 'Gud' Life, the home of self Reliant living on the internet. If you are interested in becoming more self reliant, or thinking of selling up and doing it for real you will find all you need to know right here. Written by someone who has done just that. Learn from my many mistakes

  A Quick Note On The Info Given On This Site

Dear All, the information on this website is given as is, I am not a solicitor, and believe the world would be a better place without them. If you follow the advice on this site, and use your common sense you will not come to any harm. I cannot and will not guarantee any of the information here, it is just based on my experience, and I am always willing to learn. Life after all is a learning experience. If you know of better or improved techniques please share them and I will update the site as neccessary. Enjoy and be happy. TGL 

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