Fall 2019 Update: Harvest, Study, and my Upcoming Book Project

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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.

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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!

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7 thoughts on “Fall 2019 Update: Harvest, Study, and my Upcoming Book Project

  1. I enjoyed the post, sir – thank you for pointing it out to me on Gab.

    “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.”

    There is a lot of wisdom in that one – at least I’m counting on it since that is the exact same direction I find myself heading in. It’s a fool’s errand to think that we can change things politically. The most we can do – and something that I continue to focus on – is work to change the culture of our people. That starts with our family, friends, church, and others over whom we have some measure of direct influence.

    I’m glad we made the connection – we need to stay in touch.

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    1. Hey Stephen,
      Glad that you enjoyed my post. I just saw your comment. Thanks for the follow. I am glad that we agree that cultural renewal is a more profitable direction to secure our people’s renewal than spinning our wheels in the ever degrading political cycle. I will stay in touch.

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  2. Great post, Mr. Putnam.
    I agree with your take on politics, it’s all just a distraction. I have been trying to focus on the Christian/Agrarian lifestyle myself of late. It is honestly the only way forward at this point.
    I see that Shotgun returned to blogging a few days ago. It’s very encouraging to see, and I hope to read some good stuff from him in the near future.
    I’m looking forward to your new book project, I’ll definitely be getting a copy when you release it. I have decided to follow your example and start reading into the regional history of my native state, Missouri. I’ve found a wealth of public domain books to start with, everything from first hand accounts of Confederate Bushwhackers to accounts of the first families to settle in that state. It should prove to be very interesting.

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    1. Hey A Southerner,
      Glad that you are trying to pursue a Christian Agrarian lifestyle.
      Very glad to hear that you are looking into your regional history. I have had some (but not all) direct lineal ancestors living within a 75 mile radius of Louisville (both sides of the river) for 239 years, some face to face acquainted with Daniel Boone (who as you no doubt know ended up living in Missouri). Thus this Clark/frontier project is a bit personal to me.
      I do believe that Kentucky and Missouri were settled by the same peoples, and were the only two Southern states that had a star on the Confederate flag, but were legally claimed by both the Union and Dixie. There certainly was much guerrilla warfare in our states.
      I am considering restarting the production of monthly blog content here at GKS. Not political, but agrarian, cultural revival, and theology. Thank for the continuing interest in my blog and my book projects!
      Joe

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      1. Joe, please count me as a supporter when it comes to “restarting the production of monthly blog content here at GKS. Not political, but agrarian, cultural revival, and theology”. I am doing the same thing. My Southern Agrarian blog ( http://www.southernagrarian.com/ ) is getting back up and running after a two year break. Target date for starting back up is mid-November. I’ve been in contact with another blogger in the same vein as you and me. You might want to check out https://www.allthebiscuitsingeorgia.com/ . I believe we have a real opportunity to advance Southern Agrarianism as a way of life that is much needed today. If you know of others on the web, let’s start spreading the word and help promote each other. There will be folks who will find themselves more suited to one than another, but more likely, so let’s help them find their niche. I’ve got a section on my links page for “Southern Agrarianism and General Culture”.

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      2. Hey Stephen,
        I am not sure why your comment ended up in my Spam filter, instead of automatically posting. I think your idea of Southern Agrarian themed blogs networking sounds like a good idea. I will be checking out your blog when you re-begin posting there next month. And I just clicked the link to the Biscuits in Georgia blog, which I was not familiar with. Thanks for the input. As society continues to crumble, I do indeed hope that our traditional culture become a beacon of light to those disillusioned by modernity!

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  3. I kind of expected that it would either end up in the spam filter or would have to be manually approved since it contained two links.

    Southern Agrarianism won’t have a really wide appeal, and that’s as it should be. There are other groups that have similar goals, and I’m all in favor of promoting them as well. For example, on my links page, I have a link for the Afro-Traditionalist blog – an articulate voice for Blacks seeking the same basic goals as we have, only for their own people. That’s something that I’m all for supporting – we share common goals for our people.

    The more we get the word out about different Southern Agrarian blogs, video channels, and groups, the better chance of people finding us. If there are a dozen Southern Agrarian sites, you know they’re all going to take a different approach. The odds are that out of that dozen sites, at least one will be what someone is looking for.

    Right now, I’m going through all of the “Draft” posts that I wrote but never finished. I want to have a good “stockpile” of posts ready to go so I don’t feel too pushed. I try to post once a week. I’ve got 108 published posts and 30 Draft posts, so it’s not like it empty at this point.

    I really see networking and promoting everything Southern Agrarian and Traditionalist as an important way of letting people know that there are real alternatives to this post-modernist mess that we have. Maybe it’s too late to save it. In fact, it probably is too late, but there needs to be something in place to fill in the void that will be left. Something will fill that void, and if it isn’t some sort of traditionalism, then it’s likely going to be some form of globalism. We cannot let that happen.

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