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Saturday, March 05, 2016

Compost Everything: the movie



The 2016 Home Grown Food Summit is coming up in just a few days. It features a bunch of presentations by expert gardeners, farmers, herbalists and homesteaders, including Castalia author David the Good, who decided to use the opportunity as a chance to directly demonstrate some of the crazy composting methods in Compost Everything by creating Compost Everything: The Movie.

No word on whether he actually demonstrates the use of human corpses to feed his zucchini or not. But if you want to find out, sign up and see the all the presentations for free.

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Anonymous BGKB March 05, 2016 12:46 PM  

"demonstrates the use of human corpses to feed his zucchini"

Scalia found dead
With pillow over his head
Hey wise latrina
Come to my cantina
Taste some night shade*
While I get out a spade
You where not in the top 20% of your high school class
While I have learned to compost a-lass
From David the Good
In the Permaculture Hood.

*nightshade is also a family of plants ;)

Anonymous Takin' a Look March 05, 2016 12:47 PM  

+100

Anonymous Mr. Rational March 05, 2016 1:00 PM  

BGKB wrote:*nightshade is also a family of plants ;)
I just ate some.  Pan-roasted, with eggs and bacon.

Tonight I will probably be baking pasta in a sauce of the fruit of a different nightshade.

Blogger endwatcher March 05, 2016 1:09 PM  

Awesome, will watch tonight

Blogger David The Good March 05, 2016 1:09 PM  

Gotta love the nightshades. I'm actually going to go smoke a tightly rolled cylinder comprised of a particularly tasty nightshade leaf in a few minutes.

Speaking of nightshades, we once made jam out of a native black nightshade. It was good.

And BGKB, that was beautiful. Brought a tear to my eye.

Anonymous Midnight Avenue J March 05, 2016 1:09 PM  

Are you shittin' me, Clark?

Anonymous VFM #6306 March 05, 2016 1:26 PM  

Compost Everything would be a political platform I would endorse.

Blogger Nemo Maximus March 05, 2016 1:30 PM  

David the Good is proof that Niven and Pournelle have a time-machine. Otherwise, how could he have been a character in Footfall published in 1985?

Blogger haus frau March 05, 2016 1:37 PM  

Viidad, can you give me any suggestions on growing peppers in the cool weather of the Pacific Northwest? My sweet bells often don't set fruit and the jalapeños take a very long time to ripen to red and become hot. We sell hotsauce so this more than just a hobbyist's issue. Are there soil amendments that can help peppers specifically?

Blogger David The Good March 05, 2016 1:59 PM  

@haus frau

Sunlight is super important for peppers. As for bells, I don't bother when them anymore because they often yield poorly in all but the best conditions.

I would give all your peppers seaweed, bone meal and fish emulsion to make sure they're got every micronutrient they want, plus put them in the sunniest places possible. I'd also start flats of them in a warm greenhouse about 6 weeks before the last frost date. I've done that here. We made a gallon or so of homemade hot sauce two falls ago.

Time is always going to be an issue since they're really a tropical perennial plant, not a typical garden annual. Down in South Florida a friend showed me a 6' tall multi-year-old cayenne pepper bush growing in his backyard. There's no way you or I could pull that off without big pots and a heated greenhouse.

Anonymous BGKB March 05, 2016 3:21 PM  

And BGKB, that was beautiful. Brought a tear to my eye.

I would have posted it on permies.com but that would have given away a lot of info if I didn't make a dummy account.

probably be baking pasta in a sauce of the fruit of a different nightshade

There are a few members of the night shade family that you don't want to eat, even if not grown right next to hemlock.

can you give me any suggestions on growing peppers in the cool weather of the Pacific Northwest?

An earth sheltered/underground greenhouse with a rocket mass heater underneath your grow bed would be a good investment for the Nigapocalypse. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtFvdMk3eLM
Also look at a Walipini greenhouses. Even without heat people can use Walipini's to grow cool weather plants when snow is deep outside.
You could make a cold frame yourself. If your man says they are too ugly tell them BGS said its ok.

Anonymous JRL March 05, 2016 3:26 PM  

"Compost Everything" is a great little book. Buy it, read it, live it.

Blogger Ezekiel March 05, 2016 3:51 PM  

Nemo Maximus wrote:David the Good is proof that Niven and Pournelle have a time-machine. Otherwise, how could he have been a character in Footfall published in 1985?
Wasn't that character supposed to have been based off Edward Abbey? That's the impression I got.

OpenID archerfisher21 March 05, 2016 4:28 PM  

Vox, Trump has seemed to be backpeddling a tiny bit. Talking about how he's softening his position on immigration, and we need talented people in this country... worries me a tiny bit, after spending an hour waiting in line to vote for him Tuesday. Are you still pretty confident he will legitimately follow through with enforcing immigration law and slashing H1B visas?

Blogger Jon M March 05, 2016 4:44 PM  

David's YouTube channel is a lot of fun, too. He has a gift for finding the fun and joy in mundane things like composting and collecting small bits of rusty metal.

Blogger Ezekiel March 05, 2016 5:05 PM  

Not really related to composting but...
archerfisher21 wrote:Vox, Trump has seemed to be backpeddling a tiny bit. Talking about how he's softening his position on immigration, and we need talented people in this country... worries me a tiny bit, after spending an hour waiting in line to vote for him Tuesday. Are you still pretty confident he will legitimately follow through with enforcing immigration law and slashing H1B visas?
...I don't know about Removing Beaner and Removing Curry, but he's already responsible for one count of Kebab Removal in the form of that Egyptian who got deported for threatening to kill him. So he's making good on that promise even before getting elected.

Blogger Doom March 05, 2016 5:09 PM  

Would you mind if I put the link on my page? I am a bit... controversial, and don't wish to cause problems of that sort. Still, you would be surprised at how many... of the sort of people they are trying to reach visit my blog. It's good to offer more than mere *cough* entertainment. Since I have nothing else, sometimes I find other resources which do have something.

Blogger VD March 05, 2016 5:11 PM  

Vox, Trump has seemed to be backpeddling a tiny bit. Talking about how he's softening his position on immigration, and we need talented people in this country... worries me a tiny bit, after spending an hour waiting in line to vote for him Tuesday. Are you still pretty confident he will legitimately follow through with enforcing immigration law and slashing H1B visas?

What on Earth do you think this has to do with composting? Did you mistakenly comment on the wrong post?

OpenID bc64a9f8-765e-11e3-8683-000bcdcb2996 March 05, 2016 5:30 PM  

Well, let's see.
Immeasurable blown off and vaporized body parts, mixed with trace "extra" nitrogen from ordinance propellant, made for a FINE crop of poppies in the post Great War battle trench plains.
CaptDMO

Blogger David The Good March 05, 2016 5:31 PM  

@Doom

I don't mind, so long as you don't claim I helped take down Building 7 or something. Thanks, man.

Blogger Were-Puppy March 05, 2016 5:57 PM  

@6 Midnight Avenue J
Are you shittin' me, Clark?
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I clicked the video to check it out, and got this insane commercial for the squatty potty. It features a real live Unicorn :P

Blogger Were-Puppy March 05, 2016 6:02 PM  

Well, I got sidetracked by that. Looking forward to the movie. I've got the survival gardening guide, but not the composting one .. yet.

Blogger Doom March 05, 2016 6:08 PM  

No worries, DtGood. If anyone did building 7, it was I. And the only ones who I ever accuse are Them, or "them", depending. :p

Blogger Aeoli Pera March 05, 2016 6:09 PM  

David The Good wrote:@Doom

I don't mind, so long as you don't claim I helped take down Building 7 or something. Thanks, man.


Well you are a gardener, which means you grow fruit, which can be used to make...joose! :-O

Blogger haus frau March 05, 2016 6:10 PM  

Thanks viidad and bgs. Normally hubby is very ocd on my nigger rigging in the yard but we are renting currently so he doesn't care too much. I have been using 4mm opaque painters plastic tarps to make really ugly cold tunnels to no avail with the bell peppers. I'll give it another try with see weed and such.

Blogger haus frau March 05, 2016 6:12 PM  

But does it make dancing jooos?

Blogger Were-Puppy March 05, 2016 6:12 PM  

Err - have to rethink everything - have gone from zone 8a to 7a.

Blogger haus frau March 05, 2016 6:12 PM  

But does it make dancing jooos?

Blogger Michael Maier March 05, 2016 6:21 PM  

And everyone be sure to order DAVID THE GOOD'S CD as well.

Blogger Florian Ulrich March 05, 2016 6:26 PM  

I am really not into gardening, but that movie starts to convince me otherwise.

Blogger Gordon March 05, 2016 7:05 PM  

To me the real value of David's book is how he shows a way to think differently about gardening. Less rules, more fun.

Blogger Halifax Donair March 05, 2016 7:20 PM  

The only problem with railway ties is the diesel, depending on how fussy you are.

Anonymous BGKB March 05, 2016 7:31 PM  

But does it make dancing jooos?

Adding a foam machine & music to your off grid greenhouse would be a lot harder than a wood burning rocket mass stove.

I don't mind, so long as you don't claim I helped take down Building 7 or something.

I think the conspiracy theories point away from OKC fertilizer bomb, and more towards thermite, you didn't deliver a couple of pallets of etch a sketches to NYC did you?

Blogger Mr.MantraMan March 05, 2016 7:55 PM  

Loved the book, it is another tool useful for resiliency.

Blogger David The Good March 05, 2016 10:34 PM  

Gardening is one of the most satisfying and productive activities possible. You're making valuable food emerge from the dirt - beats the stock market.

Blogger David The Good March 05, 2016 10:38 PM  

And, by the way, the Dread Ilk are the best crew anyone could have at their side. I know a lot of you could care less about composting or gardening - yet you boost the book all over the net and make things happen for Castalia House. Brilliant.

Blogger Were-Puppy March 06, 2016 1:34 AM  

I'm going to give some gardening a shot pretty soon. Hope it isn't too late. Staying with a relative who has dozens of big ceramic pots all over the place outside.

Blogger Gordon March 06, 2016 11:49 AM  

It's not, Were-puppy. A lot depends on where you are, but pretty much anywhere in the US one can be gardening now, or planning it.

Blogger Gordon March 06, 2016 11:49 AM  

It's not, Were-puppy. A lot depends on where you are, but pretty much anywhere in the US one can be gardening now, or planning it.

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