David Good

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...and we are now out in paperback.

On Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Free-Plants-Everyone-Guide-Propagation/dp/9527065577/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

And direct from my publisher: https://aerbook.com/maker/productcard-4737678-1875.html

The book has done very well so far, hitting the top of Amazon's gardening section. Thank you all very much.

1 month ago
Great minds and all that.

I have an excavator coming this week to re-dig an old drain through the land. I was thinking of having him make a pond at the bottom while he's there.
1 month ago
Though I have been thinking a lot about capturing water on my land. It will be interesting to see what happens when the monsoons start.
1 month ago
Yeah, that's really the biggest thing. I am in full-on MUST BUILD HOUSE mode.
1 month ago
Yes, I could bury wood. Seems like too much work to me, though. I'm more likely to hold in water via chop-and-drop while just dragging the hose around like a suburbanite.
1 month ago
Mango wood is beautiful. Luthier Jeffrey Yong uses the wood for some of his amazing guitars:


They do make for amazing trees, great for shade, except during the fruiting season when they drop hundreds of pounds of fruit, only some of which survives the fall.

I love the way they look large, and I would love to get some mango lumber to do woodworking with at some point. My slice of the tropics is only a half-acre, though, so I'm sticking with heavy pruning for now.

I think it would be possible to get a wide range of tropical fruit year round if you have irrigation. The dry season shuts a lot of things down.
1 month ago
Where I live in the tropics, there are tons of mango trees which drop fruit from insane heights, wasting most of it.

In my latest post, I share some of what I've learned on keeping big trees under control:

The Survival Gardener - Keeping Mango Trees Small

I've got a Julie mango that needs the remedial treatment. Just waiting for the fruiting to finish so I can start cutting. The new trees I plant will be trained right from the beginning.
1 month ago
As Paul and Shawn rock the world with their successful kickstarter campaign, I am pleased to announce the upcoming release of book 4 in the Good Gardening Series, "Free Plants for Everyone: The Good Guide to Plant Propagation."

Here's the pre-order on Amazon:


Publisher's description:

"Do you want to grow apples from seed? Or learn to graft? Or germinate seeds from that awesome old honey locust tree in your Grandpa's backyard?

In Free Plants for Everyone, you will learn tried and true methods of plant propagation that will allow you to grow pretty much anything you like without giving your hard-earned money to plant nurseries. Gardening expert David The Good takes the mystery out of plant propagation and shares propagation secrets from the nursery business as well from his many years of experience.

Whether you're interested in starting a plant nursery, saving money on gardening, saving old fruit tree varieties or simply want lots of plants to give away, this book is for you. Start plants from cuttings, seeds, division and more. Includes information on propagating and saving seeds from 101 different species, as well as pen and ink illustrations by the author."

A lot of books take the ease and fun out of growing plants by making things too complicated. If you're tired of being told it's not worth it to start trees from seed or that this or that is "too hard" to grow, this book is for you.

This is the ebook version available for pre-order, with a release date next week. The paperback version is still in progress - I will share an update when it's out. Getting pre-orders will help the book fly up the rankings when it's officially released on Amazon.

Thank you all for the support!
2 months ago
Mart is an endless experimenter - I don't think he's capable of doing anything the way someone else writes it down. IQ is through the roof, which leads to some interesting experiments.

Your oven looks fantastic - love it. Mine is likely to look like a Mad Max prop when I finish!
2 months ago
My friend Mart was a backer of our kickstarter and built the following oven:

While visiting him and seeing the oven, I was reminded I never watched the project I backed! I just like to throw money at Paul.

Anyhow, I finally downloaded it myself and now that I have land, will probably do a build of my own very shortly.

Mart's oven was impressive.
2 months ago