David Good

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I haven't been as active here as I should as I've been locked away, writing and producing videos.

But I am pleased to announce that after two years of work, the massively expanded, revised and illustrated second edition of Create Your Own Florida Food Forest is finally done.

It now has 200 illustrations from over fifty artists, over 150 plant profiles, and all you need to know to turn a Florida yard into a beautiful forest of wonderful food. Species are recommended by cold hardiness as well, so this book is great for both North and South Floridians.

The original book was just a short booklet, but this is a 330-page resource with lots of data about various species and where they fit into the layers of a food forest. We've grown food forest projects in both North and South Florida for over a decade now, as well as farmed in the Caribbean, and these experiences have greatly enhanced the new edition.

If you're in Florida, this book is for you. Thank you all for the encouragement over the years. Paul in particular has been very kind in sharing my books with the community, despite our very different growing zones. (Sorry you can't grow mangos, Paul!)

The book is now on Amazon here:

https://www.amazon.com/Create-Your-Florida-Food-Forest/dp/1955289093/

And, if you don't want to make Bezos any richer, it's also available direct from the printers here:

https://shop.aer.io/GoodBooks/p/Create_Your_Own_Florida_Food_Forest_Florida_Garden/9781955289092-12447

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments.

1 day ago
We lost a few subscribers to the channel, but they were all boring people so it's good.
4 months ago
It's SCARY!



This one was really fun to make. Those are my two oldest children in the pig masks.

What do you guys think? It's a bit different from your standard gardening video...
4 months ago
I am testing a few varieties here in Lower Alabama, zone 8b. One type is over 8' tall now. I did some exploratory digging a couple of days ago and was pleasantly surprised to find one already making roots that were 1" in diameter. By fall they should be at a harvestable size. I have no variety name, however. The type was sent to me by a reader. We'll see how they taste. I've had some that are watery and slightly bitter, and others that are sweet, starchy and nutty with a great flavor when roasted.
8 months ago
My new book just came out in paperback - Introducing Grocery Row Gardening:

https://amzn.to/3ymciXu

I give Paul props in it, as well as Stefan, Toby, Bill, Eric, Geoff and many other great permaculture teachers. Over the last few years I've been working to integrate my vegetable gardening and food forestry in a containable backyard system normal people can implement. This has worked really well for us, and it's a lovely system. Lots and lots of edge!

We had a "book bomb" and a great launch this week. Amazon was a little early on releasing the paperback - so much the better. Thanks to those of you that took part. I cannot wait to see how others implement the system in varying climates.
9 months ago
"I personally think from my reading that it's important to build the "Terra Preta Clone" in the environment it will be supporting. There is no reason to believe that micro-organisms are the same over the world, so I think that encouraging and supporting the locals is important."

Yes. I added rotten wood from the forest for that reason. No telling what the differences are, but I want to encourage the fungi from my area to move in.
1 year ago
I like the SEA-90 idea, too. And yes - not all pottery is created equal. I have had a hard time finding data on traditional methods. A local pottery studio is saving me shards now, though, and it's bisque-fired unglazed stuff. Hoping it's close.
1 year ago
For a long time I have been fascinated with terra preta - the endlessly fertile anthropogenic soil of the Amazon. I have been collecting data on it for a long time and am now attempting to recreate it in my own garden.

If this kind of land-hacking appeals to you, you will love my new video showing the creation of a terra preta bed:



Will it work? The centuries will tell!

I added everything I knew about that was in the original terra preta, including yellow clay, food scraps, bones, seaweed, biochar and even pottery shards... what a lot of work! But I'll bet it's worth it.

What do you guys think?
1 year ago
Fear no pruning.



Cutting back trees at this time of year gives them incredible vigor.
1 year ago
I planted the all the tips of my thornless blacberry canes for a while and made a big patch of them.
1 year ago