Wednesday Weapons Website of the Week — The Survival Gardener

Check out survival blogger/author David the Good at The Survival

His focus on gardening, culturing trees, and managing water for economic production of foodstuffs is rare among survival bloggers, and he writes engagingly. To wit, in a post about managing water storage:

Mosquitoes can take a great idea and make it a health hazard. As new viruses sweep around the world, people are rightly concerned about the danger of harvesting rainwater improperly. Even old tires hold enough water to breed mosquitoes, so a rain barrel has the capability of breeding thousands of the bloodsuckers.

No matte how you define “survival,” he can hook you up. Maybe for you, coffee is not a luxury but a staple. Consider growing your own, if your climate suits the plant.

I have wanted to grow big piles of delicious coffee for a long time. Back in Florida I grew multiple coffee plants and even sold then in my nursery, but the climate wasn’t the best so I was stuck keeping my big coffee tree in a pot in the greenhouse or bringing it inside during frosts.

The one I planted by the south-facing wall of the house did well, though, and is still alive today so far as I know.

I did well enough with coffee, tea and yaupon holly that I wrote a little booklet on growing it, thanks to the additional help of Kona coffee farmer Gary Strawn (owner of Kona Earth coffee, which tastes amazing) who corrected some of my more exuberant ideas.

We’re not coffee drinkers, but we enjoy David’s presentation of practical means of securing nature’s bounty to yourself and your posterity. If you like this stuff, make his blog a regular read (and throw some coin his way for his books).

9 thoughts on “Wednesday Weapons Website of the Week — The Survival Gardener

  1. Loren

    Good site, although of limited use in other climates.
    For those in the north, the most bang for the effort are potatoes and squash along with fruit trees. Everything else is just garnish ……….and critter food.

    1. David The Good

      I agree on northerly staples, though I would also add flint corn and beans. Large old winter squash with long storage times are the bomb. And, of course, you got to hunt wild game.

      1. Loren

        Corn = deer and racoon food. You can tell when corn is ripe as critters will eat it the night before you want to pick it. Rabbits love beans too much to get much out of them where I live.
        My comment was about effort vs food in hand – not potential food. Course if you like venison then a corn plot and a spotlight works.

        1. John M.

          My grandfather used to insist that the birds would eat berries one day before he found them edible.

          -John M.

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  3. DSM

    I watched a bunch of his videos after the last post about rain water catchment and they’re entertaining. A lot of info in there but alas, wrong climate to do much good for me.

  4. John M.

    This has my wheels turning. I’ve been thinking about planting a fig. I might do a fig plus a(nother) citrus in a corner of my yard that seems to like collecting water.

    -John M.

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