Based on my post from yesterday, I share more of the story of how we had to garden in a survival situation:
What an experience!
Yesterday Jordan commented:
That book was how I accidently started growing things. — I’ve got six kids. Two girls and four boys. Last year, my boys got into survival skills/bushcraft a little bit, so when birthdays came, my wife punched “survival” into an online bookstore and bought 4 or 5 off the top. In this pile was your book, Florida Survival Gardening. To your utter dismay, I’m sure, your book was largely ignored for quite some time until it was unburied last September. For no reason in particular, I unwittingly glanced between the covers and was catapulted on a journey into growing food for my family on my own tiny lot. Everything else I ever read or saw about gardening made it so difficult it really wasn’t worth starting. (That’s a lot of hours and a lot of caterpillars for some cabbage and a couple sad looking tomatoes). But this permaculture/food forest/ return to Eden thing is nothing short of inspiring. Now I’m reading everything I can find on growing in my area, and constantly thinking about what my yard will look like one day. I’ve got a bunch of tiny little fruit tree starts and two sad, sandy little annual beds, but I’m growing stuff (theoretically), and I’ve got you to thank, David. … So you know … Thanks. (Melbourne, FL)
And on the video, Root Awakening writes:
A 2020 Florida story for ya. I live in that rural part between Daytona and Orlando. When the county tried to lock us down the Sheriff put a chain on the gate at the boat dock. Next day the chain was cut. They chained it again. Next day it was cut again. They chained it again. Next day gate and all was missing. Nothing left but a crater where it was cemented in to the ground. The county decided they should leave us alone and just make suggestions 😂 To make this comment longer. You truly saved my family. I was trying and failing to grow food here in Florida. My wife got me grow or die for my birthday and then Survival gardening for Christmas. This year I’m at the point I can finally exhale and say we will be ok. I live on a small corner lot. I let my Seminole pumpkins take over the backyard. Sweet potato bush beans and moringa in what used to be flower beds in the front. And then my side yard is the fun stuff like tomatoes cucumbers pole beans and peppers. I have turnips radish peas lettuce and kale mixed in all of it. All grown from seed in beach sand.
I think everyone is going to remember 2020!
It’s one thing to write about survival gardening, it was another thing to truly live it.
Thank you all for the support – I am blessed.