Most people my age were raised on TV. After all, this was before the “Get outside and play” and the “TV will ruin your eyes” slogans started, and video games and computers were not household items. Today, the slogan is “Reduce your screen time”, because now it’s more than just TV that’s a problem.
Growing up I watched my fair share of re-runs and “Made For TV movies”. I never really considered TV to be a problem until I saw my boys more engaged in TV than they were playing with each other, and even then I thought the best solution was a reduction in hours watched. Going without TV never crossed my mind; after all, we don’t live in the dark ages and you learn things from TV, right?
That was all before I went without TV for about a year. Honestly, I don’t remember the circumstances behind it. It probably went something like this: we had satellite TV, they made my husband mad, and cable was too expensive for us at the time. All I remember was the concept being so completely alien to me.
But it was much easier than I ever thought it would be. To be fair I should say that we did have an internet connection, but this was when the internet was still new. So it was better than nothing, but it wasn’t TV and streaming video was really, really new and there wasn’t much of it. It was in 2004, before YouTube. I only remember the year because, I’m a news junkie, and I had to get bits and pieces of the news about the Indian Ocean Tsunami through Alta Vista and newsgroups. Remember those?
We’ve gone without TV many times since then and we even had a discussion as to whether we should even have it at all. Now, I don’t really watch TV. I spend most of my screen time in front of a computer and keyboard talking to you, which if you ask me is better than TV!
There are times that I will scan YouTube if I’m trying to learn something new or if I’m interested in purchasing something that I don’t know that much about. But for the most part I’m not a YouTube watcher, I like to scan things and videos are hard to scan. So I wind up putting YouTube videos on at double speed, something my son taught me how to do.
However, like all virtual platforms that are still around after more than 10 years, YouTube has grown up a lot. Not only that, but the people on YouTube are now grown-ups (well, for the most part, some of those channels with a large number of followers are an enigma to me. Search Google for Markiplier and PewDiePie if want to see what I mean). There are real people doing real teaching and sharing on the platform now.
I’ve also started a YouTube channel, for The Self Reliant Living Show. In order to grow that channel, I’ve had to sit down and really get familiar with what it’s all about and have discovered some of the good content that’s there. I thought I’d pass a that information on to you, because there are some gardening channels that you absolutely need to follow.
Road To The Farm
You might remember my interview with Melanie Lynn from Road to the farm. She is absolutely delightful to listen to as she tells you about her life and her garden on her road to the farm.
Deep South Homestead
You might also remember my interview with Danny and Wanda on the show. Danny is a master gardener, and although there is more than gardening on this channel, I think Danny’s knowledge of how to grow is one of the best components of the channel.
Go For Green Living
Daniel and his family talk about grafting as well as other gardening topics. He takes you through how to set-up basic aquaponics systems, so that you can have a fish supply.
Jared and Jennifer have a big family on a small farm, where permaculture is a big part of their gardening philosophy.
Rob Bob's Backyard Farming & Aquaponics
Rob shows off everything he’s doing in his backyard. He’s based in Australia and so he’s so charming wishing us a happy New Year in the heat. Rob also shares information about aquaponics and growing things like peppers and ginger.
Blake is on a mission to become more Self Sufficient and he’s taking you along for the ride. He’s got some wonderful gardening videos with extensive information on fruit trees.
Blake has a special needs son who appears on his channel but also has a channel of his own, Life With Luke.
Self Reliant School
Oh course you should be watching Self Reliant School for gardening tips. My son Josh is doing a series this year about what’s going on in his garden.
Up And Coming Channels To Watch
Clean Slate Farm
Dave’s channel is one to watch. He’s got some great gardening tips and some beekeeping information. It’s really fun to start following when a channel is still small so that you can build a community. Go leave Dave a comment on one of his videos and tell him I sent you.
Becky built her own house! That statement right there should be enough for you to click through to her channel. But if you need more, Becky is a come-as-you-are, no-nonsense, tell-it-how-it-is gal who wants to share her homestead journey with you.
Simeon and Alex are two almost Americans. She’s from Oregon and he’s half American living in Sweden on a farm. Not only are they homesteading but they’re trying to turn it into a business. They both have a great personality and you’ll love watching them.