Saturday, April 18, 2020

DtG goes nationwide

USA Today ran an article on prepping and mentioned Castalia's own David the Good and his survival masterpiece.
Not everyone has the privilege of owning land, but even having a backyard can offer opportunities not available to apartment dwellers, like starting a garden or raising chickens. Many preppers even had remote “bug out” locations in rural areas perfect for social isolation.

If you had a time machine, you might want to go back in time and buy 50 acres, but your best bet now is to use what you have. Our supply chain is being stressed to its limits, and even if barren shelves are more a symptom of panic buying than an actual shortage, anything we can do to relieve stress on the supply chain will help. Spring is almost here, so now is the perfect time. You might need less space than you think: Steven Cornett in San Diego started his own commercial farm on a mere quarter of an acre.

Here are some resources to get gardening fast:
  • Steve Solomon’s Gardening When It Counts, which is just what it sounds like.
  • Mel Bartholomew’s All New Square Foot Gardening. The late Mel Bartholomew wasn’t what you’d call a survivalist, but his intensive, low-labor method is as close as you can get in terms of a “gardening quick fix,” especially if you have easy access to water.
  • David the Good’s Grow or Die: The Good Guide to Survival Gardening, which again, is just what it sounds like. David outlines the best crops to plant for survival, how to fertilize with your own urine, and even how to grow your own tobacco. His YouTube channel is a wealth of information.
You can pick up a paperback copy of Grow or Die at Amazon. Because this is the one book you do NOT want to have only in ebook.

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Blogger Mr.MantraMan April 18, 2020 1:07 PM  

I'd appreciate a UA update from DtG, just saying.

Blogger Crew April 18, 2020 1:14 PM  

Is there nothing Corona-chan cannot do?

Blogger VD Bear April 18, 2020 1:43 PM  

BOOM! grow or die was awesome.

Blogger Felis Concolor April 18, 2020 2:46 PM  

Being fortunate enough to have several thousand square feet in the back yard area - and having failed for years to maintain any sort of lawn there - I decided to purchase the bulk seed can at the Big W last year instead of the ration packages on a whim. Having already purchased Grow or Die, I've placed a couple more orders to share with neighborhood friends. And the disused sprinkler system should convert to an effective controller for drip irrigation duties.

And paper is a "low tech" solution that's been useful for millennia: it possesses a self-regulating light concentrating ability that makes it clearly legible from full sun to low light conditions, which still confounds modern smartphones, tablets and even e-paper systems.

Blogger James Dixon April 18, 2020 2:48 PM  

> Because this is the one book you do NOT want to have only in ebook.

I have a solar charger for my Kindle.

Blogger Stilicho April 18, 2020 2:58 PM  

And Big Compost gets bigger... probably at the expense of the little guy...

Blogger Edjamacator April 18, 2020 3:07 PM  

I was on the fence about the book forever, simply because anytime I've tried growing stuff on my property, bugs destroy everything. Bought it today, though, just in case the price goes way up or can't find it anymore due to people panic buying.

Blogger Jose Miguel April 18, 2020 3:29 PM  

Don't have any square feet of land, but am looking at indoor/balcony growing. Definitely getting DtG's book.

Blogger rikjames.313 April 18, 2020 4:16 PM  

Michigan Democrat governor and attorney general have banned gardening and travel to other property you own within the state.

Still legal is travelling to your home in Vail and she allows pot sales, abortion, lottery, and allows by turning a blind eye side shows, block parties, and seders.

They also banned gun sales and opened the Wayne county (detroit) jail

Blogger Steve Samson April 18, 2020 4:18 PM  

And when the battery no longer takes a charge?

Blogger Gregory the Tall April 18, 2020 4:24 PM  

Great, but I have a question:
Will he talk to the media?

Blogger Noah B. April 18, 2020 4:41 PM  

He has a few videos on the Prepper Advantage YT channel too.

Blogger Emmett Fitz-Hume April 18, 2020 5:00 PM  

Good for David the Good.

I buy at least one eBook of every Castalia book to support the cause and the company, on principle. But DtG's books are the best books I never knew I needed. A terrific surprise and well worth it. I've purchased copies for family too.

Blogger thimscool April 18, 2020 5:13 PM  

Nice. Bought one and there are "18 left in stock".

How're all the Ilk faring?

Blogger Andy'scurious April 18, 2020 5:15 PM  

Companion planting bro , many plants have a companion plant that symbioticly protects from pests .

Blogger artensoll April 18, 2020 5:17 PM  

I've been so lucky with the Book Depository lately: I found Grow or Die today and the Jeeves omnibus a few weeks ago (neither available on Amazon UK).

Blogger Sargent.matrim April 18, 2020 5:25 PM  

I bought it for my wife just before I got it as an ebook in replatformimg month. Glad to have both versions. We are implementing the advice, and learning now.

Wish I had started earlier though.

My wife's words: "This book is so good."

Blogger Kiwi April 18, 2020 5:28 PM  

Looking forward to my hard copy arriving down under. We compost our enemies too.

Blogger Gettimothy April 18, 2020 6:09 PM  

Good for Good!

Blogger Student in Blue April 18, 2020 6:44 PM  

Kudos to David the Good! My brother wanted to borrow my copy of survival gardening, which struck me as odd because he doesn't normally borrow my books.

And now there's this article. There must be something about having the right message at the right time.

Blogger David The Good April 18, 2020 6:48 PM  

Me too. I live in the jungle and we are locked down with limited internet. Vox and I are working on a workaround.

Blogger Dave April 18, 2020 6:55 PM  

Congrats DtG on the USA Today mention.

Also, kudos to the Replatformers who were ahead of the curve as GROW OR DIE was the book of the month for March.

Blogger Dave April 18, 2020 7:30 PM  

Because this is the one book you do NOT want to have only in ebook.

Doesn't DtG recommend tattooing the text on your own flesh as the most reliable backup?

Blogger Jad April 18, 2020 7:34 PM  

Can we expect a leather bound copy of 'grow or die?'

Blogger Clint April 18, 2020 7:47 PM  

OK, this means I need to save that voicemail from DtG. Proof that I knew him way back when. Congrats, buddy.

Blogger D. April 18, 2020 8:33 PM  

My first Castalia book purchase.

Blogger Doktor Jeep April 18, 2020 8:49 PM  

Congratulations DtG.

Blogger Vaughan Williams April 18, 2020 9:11 PM  

The pilegesh suddenly said "we have money for bees after all. let me get up from my knees in the garden and give it to you!" I told her, you are too late. We need millions of acres in tropical countries to come online to get us through what is coming. But the bees thank you.

Glad to hear DtG books are available in print; will order next week when funds come in. Really enjoyed the e-book versions; I'd happily place them next to Steve Solomon on my shelf.

DtG: your videos on growing tobacco were ace. Local market needs some education on what to do with tobacco leaf; cigarette people think I'm joking when I offer them genuine organic tobacco.

Blogger Vaughan Williams April 18, 2020 9:13 PM  

@15 Andy you might be surprised how much benefit you get from planting barley in between your rows of veggies. Weed suppression and pest reduction, although not 100% perfect, still gives you a tremendous boost if climate allows. And with barley, many climates do allow. Look at Tibet, for instance.

Blogger Homesteader April 18, 2020 11:21 PM  

Just ordered the paperback.
Can always learn more.
And, support.

Blogger Homesteader April 18, 2020 11:22 PM  

None so good without flaw, none so bad without worth.

Even if it's as compost.

Blogger Ariadne Umbrella April 18, 2020 11:35 PM  

off topic:

why is this sympathetic to rats?

Blogger OvergrownHobbit April 19, 2020 12:04 AM  

All of David the Good's books are excellent. They make thoughtful gifts, too.

Blogger Captain Barnacles April 19, 2020 12:15 AM  

“Is there nothing Corona-chan cannot do?”
Apparently, kill as many as the flu, and kill people who aren’t already on death’s door. The virus itself turned out to be much weaker than projected. Really horrible models, bad intentions, and corrupt science produced this mess.

That book sounds awesome, though. If there was a serious pandemic that was wiping out millions, it would be vital. I’m getting it no doubt. Really useful information. Will be very helpful, when an earthquake absolutely rages on the New Madrid fault line, which is my biggest fear. That and rioting by vibrants.

Blogger VFM Bear April 19, 2020 1:12 AM  

This is awesome. The ritual seppukus that will occur should USA Today realize what it has done will be glorious. Live on Oprah maybe.

Blogger Scuzzaman April 19, 2020 1:53 AM  

OT: a hundred “artists” referring to themselves as global citizens perform in One World online program.

Reliable sign of fame whores who sold their souls in return for unwarranted celebrity? I think so.

Back on topic:

Well done, DtG.

Blogger Cedric April 19, 2020 2:36 AM  

Every book I've read from David has been excellent. Great for him to be featured there.

Blogger Akulkis April 19, 2020 3:41 AM  

"Really horrible models, bad intentions, and corrupt science produced this mess."

1: The models were based on two things -- more accurate death estimates than what the CCP is giving out (i.e. 8~20 Million in China's two hardest-hit cities). When Wuhan was on total lockdown, the city was FILLED with smoke from bodies being cremated, and satellite sensors showed a HUGE sulphur dioxide plume, 4x denser than over Beijing, the most heavily industrialized city (and powered by local coal fed electric plants) in the world.
2: The transmission rate was also based on Americans being typical Americans and NOT following the government-suggested lockdown. We're already seeing the midwits here in Michigan -- "We shouldn't be locked down because there aren't many sick people" who fail to realize that the lower than estimated number of cases and deaths is entirely due to the lockdown.
This has nothing to do with the governor's capriciously arbitrary (which is to say, pro-Democrat's base, anti-non-Democrat's, like the prohibition on lawn care and gardening products and services-- despite that fact that mowing your lawn is REQUIRED BY LAW in most cities -- too keep down vermin and insects.) line between what's allowed and not allowed.

Blogger TontoBubbaGoldstein April 19, 2020 8:04 AM  

Well, I was rolling down the road in some cold blue steel
I had a blues man in back and a beautician at the wheel
We going downtown in the middle of the night
We laughing and I'm joking and we feeling alright

Oh I'm Good, I'm nationwide
Yes I'm Good
, I'm nationwide

[Verse 2]
Easing down the highway in a new Cadillac
I had a fine fox in front, I had three more in the back
They sporting short dresses, wearing spike-heel shoes
They smoking Lucky Strikes and wearing nylons too


[Verse 3]
Well, I was moving down the road in my V-8 Ford
I had a shine on my boots, I had my sideburns lowered
With my New York brim and my gold tooth displayed
Nobody give me trouble cause they know I got it made

I'm Good, I'm nationwide
Well, I'm Good, Good, Good, Good, Good...I'm nationwide...

Blogger Unknown April 19, 2020 9:11 AM  

Sold out on Amazon as of this morning. Anywhere else to get them? I have a hard copy but wanted to send a few out.

Blogger Jeff April 19, 2020 11:12 AM  

Castalia bookstore has them:

Blogger Newscaper312 April 19, 2020 11:13 AM  

Finally got off my butt and ordered it, in paper.

Blogger Newscaper312 April 19, 2020 11:16 AM  

@28 Vaughn, what are you talking about tropical land under cultivation? Ice age or something else?

Blogger James Dixon April 19, 2020 2:00 PM  

> simply because anytime I've tried growing stuff on my property, bugs destroy everything.

Fun fact, nicotine is a pesticide. If your area will support it, try growing some tobacco around the perimeter.

> And when the battery no longer takes a charge?

I have multiple devices and the books are backed up in several places.

Blogger The Cooler April 19, 2020 4:08 PM  

simply because anytime I've tried growing stuff on my property, bugs destroy everything

French Marigolds around the periphery of your garden and interspersed amongst your most pest-susceptible plants. What bugs they do not repel they will attract, thereby keeping pests off your crops. We have done this in the South for at least 200 years, that I know of. You can get a couple thousand seeds off of Amazon for a fiver.

Blogger Edjamacator April 19, 2020 10:16 PM  

The Cooler wrote:French Marigolds around the periphery of your garden and interspersed amongst your most pest-susceptible plants. What bugs they do not repel they will attract, thereby keeping pests off your crops. We have done this in the South for at least 200 years, that I know of. You can get a couple thousand seeds off of Amazon for a fiver.

Thanks, as well as to the others who responded. I'll try out the suggestions and see how they work for me. I think part of my problem is that most of my land is wooded, so maybe that's making it worse with the bugs? Where I've planted before isn't wooded, but the woods would only be about 20 feet away at the closest.

Blogger Vaughan Williams April 20, 2020 12:55 AM  

@43 Grand Solar Minimum. Last year was disaster, talking to farmer friends this year, looking to be the same as last year again. Need to ship thousands of farmers and their equipments to warmer lands, and immediate suspension of mortgages, and speedy treaties with said tropical countries, to get through next winter without, at the very least, strict rationing. Big time rationing of livestock feed here is being blamed on COVID, but the feed shortages were already baked into the cake last year and the year before.

Some boomers think they'll go hunt and fish in the woods if famine comes; typical boomers. The same weather that killed our crops also reduced the forage for wildlife, and there are far more boomers planning to hunt and fish than the wildlife can support.

Blogger RC April 20, 2020 7:14 AM  

"Some boomers think they'll go hunt and fish in the woods if famine comes; typical boomers."

It's high entertainment to watch people who've never hunted go out into the field without experienced guidance. A few months ago a group of hunters set up for geese which are plentiful here. They hauled out fifty decoys then began calling while standing amidst them. I could see them from 300 yards and so could the birds. Boomers hunting for deer would break the interwebs.

Blogger RC April 20, 2020 7:16 AM  


If your woods have black walnut trees, they are very hard on many garden crops: juglone.

Blogger Edjamacator April 20, 2020 11:32 PM  

RC wrote:If your woods have black walnut trees, they are very hard on many garden crops: juglone.

Nah, they're just standard oak and pine trees, but thanks for the tip.

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