Well, it has been almost 3 months since I have posted here. So, here is my Fall 2019 update.
Garden season has closed at the homestead. The zucchinis did well, the tomatoes and green beans okay. I harvested my potatoes (both red and white) in mid-August. I got two nice bushels of red potatoes, less than I had hoped for. My white potatoes, like last year, performed poorly, less than ½ the yield per foot of row compared to my “Red Pontiac” potatoes.
This year I planted my small “sugar pie” pumpkin seeds when the ground was a bit warmer, and got a 100% germination rate, and harvested these pumpkins in late August. I have already enjoyed some loaves of homemade pumpkin bread with chocolate chips, as the header pic shows!
My sweet potatoes were a battle this year. I fought rabbits for several weeks this Spring. I replanted several times after they would raid them, put up rabbit wire under my standard two strand “t-post” electric fence, dusted my plants with ground cayenne pepper daily -and (finally) constructed a mini-electric fence around the sweet potato patch *inside* of my standard electric fence! The mini-fence consisted of short “rod” style posts with three strands of hot wire at 2, 4, and 6 inch levels off the ground! The mini-fence finally stopped the cottontails. I ended up planting about 170 sweet potato plants to get about 65 alive at the end of the rabbit struggle. In desperation, I also built a 4×16 foot wooden raised bed for sweet potatoes, to deter the rabbits, and planted 15 of the aforementioned 65 plants in it. I harvested the main/in the ground patch in mid-September, and got 1 ½ bushels.
Then in late September I harvested my 4×16 foot raised bed of sweet potatoes, which contained 15 plants. They were planted in pasture dirt, compost, and manure. Wow! I was amazed at my harvest. I got a heaping 1 ½ bushels from those 15 plants, as much as I got from the approximately 50 plants in traditional ridges of the main garden! Some of these sweet potatoes were huge, weighing in at three pounds each! I am now considering constructing more raised beds. Between red, white and sweet potatoes -I got a bit over five bushels of root crops this season.
My fruit trees are doing well, but are still too young to produce much. I have about 30 trees, mostly apples, in the ground, and I hope to expand the orchard next Spring.
I have a new professional review of my book Rethinking The Propositions about lined up, from a name familiar to most of the Alt-Right, hopefully before the end of the year. As the review is not finalized, that is all I will say about it for now. When it gets posted, I will link to it from this blog, possibly in the comments section of this post. I think my book RTP can be of value in helping people who have been into the “patriot movement” wake up to the lie that is the cult of Americanism. If you have not already done so, please check out my little book Rethinking The Propositions on my author page on Amazon.com, where it is available in both paperback and Kindle ebook formats ($8.95 and $3.99 respectively).
I am increasingly focusing my life on Christianity, agrarianism, and regional history -not the news cycle and political events and systems that I have no power to influence. I confess that I have little interest in even reading the political commentary that I wrote three years ago, and no interest at all to read what I wrote six years ago! I recall what John Calvin wrote of himself concerning his conversion, that: “Having thus received some taste and knowledge of true godliness, I was immediately inflamed with so intense a desire to make progress therein, that although I did not altogether leave off other studies, I yet pursued them with less ardour”. In this vein, I have disconnected from daily media technology usage. Yes, I finally have! I never had a cellphone, and I ditched the TV about a decade ago. And now, I am no longer getting online daily on my laptop! I now sometimes go as much as three days between logging on to check things out. I have actually lost most of my interest in being online. I now have less distractions, and more time free to focus on working the land, studying, and writing. It is nice. So if you comment here at GKS, and I do not post it or reply to you for several days, please be patient as I will see it eventually.
I am in the early stages of an all new book project! Earlier this Spring, a friend of mine suggested that I take the core ideas of my little book RTP, and repackage them in a different literary style, perhaps connected to my life or love of my native region. I will not leak out the name of my title yet, but I am in the early stages of working on such a book. I have decided to reexamine the life of Virginia son George Rogers Clark (1752-1818), frontiersman, Brigadier General of Virginia militia, Indian fighter, slave owner, and founder of Louisville who left his imprint on Kentucky and the southern 1/3 of Indiana. But instead of a comprehensive biography of G.R.C., I am going to focus each chapter of my work on a major incident or aspect of his life, and what we can learn from that to apply to our current plight in 21st century America. Then I will end with an Epilogue showing that the (political, cultural, and financial) issues against which G.R.C. struggled in the late 1700s were never fully settled, have arisen once more, and that we need to look back at the life of Clark as an inspiration to lead us forward as we look for solutions. While this book will touch on politics/government here and there, it will be a cultural work, *not* a political work, instead calling for a cultural revival.
Historians often gloss over that G.R.C. became so disillusioned with the U.S.A. in the post-Revolutionary years that twice he considered leaving the United States for good, first consulting with the Spanish government about him crossing the Mississippi River to found an expatriate American colony in what was then Spanish Missouri under the authority of the Spanish crown, and when that failed he later on considered crossing the Mississippi to aid France against Spain. When this too failed, he spent his final days surrounded by family at Locust Grove plantation in Louisville. Being disillusioned with “Americanism” myself, I can view Clark’s later life in a way that most *official* American historians could not. Clarks’ life was more than just his stunning march to and capture of Vincennes, and the opening of the frontier north of the Ohio River. Clark’s *full life* is a story worth telling, and I am uniquely qualified to do so.
While I could easily put this book together, in a truncated fashion, in a few months, I do not want to do it in an *okay* way. I want to do it in an *exceptional* way, something that will be of enduring value. Thus I am pouring myself into reading and study, and hope to have my manuscript ready for publication sometime in the Spring of 2020.
I plan on posting a project update here at GKS in another two or three months, to talk about life and the book project, and perhaps post some pics of my planned trip to historic Fort Harrod State Park (where Clark had his 1777 military headquarters) in Mercer County, Kentucky. Thanks for reading!