Preview of Gardening Without Watering – To Be Presented in Full at the Self Reliance Expo

This Video is the First 10 Minutes of My Presentation  “Gardening Without Watering” to see the full presentation Live and have me answer all your
questions afterword please visit us at the  Self Reliance Expo at one of these two locations.

  • Denver Colorado –  Sept 16th – 17th (presentation on the 16th at 11AM)
  • Salt Lake City, Utah  –  Oct. 7th-8th (presentation date/time TBA)

Get more info about The Self Reliance Expo at

For those who are coming Saturday vs. Friday my presentation will be at 5PM and focus on Modern Survival Philosophy.  If you miss the one on watering one of the items we will have in our booth will be a 4GB USB drive that has over 140 episodes of TSP on it, 4 videos (including expanded version of both of my keynote speeches), 7 eBooks and a discount coupon for 25 dollars off the MSB.

We will be selling this drives for 20 dollars or we can write the data onto your own USB Drive or MMC Card right in out booth.  You will need at least 4GB of space is you wan this option.  A 4GB drive in a store usually sells for about 8-12 dollars so we feel this is a good price and of course if you put the date on your computer you can then use the drive for anything you want.

The full presentation is full of diagrams and pictures and shows you exactly how to greatly reduce or even totally eliminate irrigation requirements and more importantly shows you working systems both large and small.

16 Responses to Preview of Gardening Without Watering – To Be Presented in Full at the Self Reliance Expo

  1. Awesome, Jack. Can’t wait to see you at the show this weekend! Thanks for the preview 🙂

  2. Oh wow. Very cool! I wish we could see the entire presentation. But this will have to do for now. 🙂 I had no idea there were so many ways to reduce water or even completely get rid of watering. Great stuff! Will be sharing with our comrades.

  3. I hope you will post the complete talk on your podcast…..

    Sadly, we have losts thousands of acres of our forests here in the Central Texas area due to wildfires…. 🙁

  4. 7.5 inches of precip here annually, and over half of that is in the form of snow. Can really use the info, but can’t make the expo – hope it is available in MSB or the gear shop or something. Thanks!

  5. Looks great, let us know when you find out the presentation time(s) for SLC.

  6. Thanks. I’ll try to remember to bring a USB drive with us!

  7. will you consider sharing some of your data on bit torrent for those no where near the expos?

  8. Have you considered posting the full presentation video in the msb? It would be great for those of us that are not able to attend the expo.

    • If you decide not to post all of the info, I would like to purchase one of the usb drives, if possible. Wish I could go to one of the expo presentations but I just live too far away.

  9. More evidence to back up your forest floor is a lake piece this week. “Water Evaporated from Trees Cools Global Climate, Researchers Find”

  10. cranberryrose55

    Somebody should say this- Forrest is spelled forest, but this may be a new term you are coining.
    Also, in CA unless we acidify or plant in peat/acid mix, we can’t grow blueberries only because while the ground is neutral to alkaline ph, the ground water is alkaline. We have no acid pockets for the acid-loving plants unless we create them, but all other plants culture well under the system you are describing, especially artichokes and stone fruits.

    • Modern Survival

      @cranberryrose55 – I am aware of the error it was something that happened with a replace all and the actual presentation does not include it. With this version though and the time crunch you get this or nothing I figured most would prefer a typo over not seeing it at all.

      Now on what you are saying about blueberries you are correct but only because of how you are approaching the problem, I could do it I promise you with almost no amendments to the soil.

  11. Two things:
    1 – for those of us that won’t be able to make it, will the videos make it to the MSB archive or anything like that?

    2 – I’m curious what you had in mind for the blueberries. I’ve been using pine needle mulch with some success, but another approach would be interesting.

  12. There is a guy in Oregon who wrote a whole book on growing things in low water environments.. mainly … separating plants.. fewer plants square foot.

  13. The above website is additional info you might want to look at on low water gardens.
    The Project Gutenberg EBook of Gardening Without Irrigation: or without
    much, anyway, by Steve Solomon

    This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with
    almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or
    re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included
    with this eBook or online at

    Title: Gardening Without Irrigation: or without much, anyway

    Author: Steve Solomon

    Posting Date: August 8, 2009 [EBook #4512]
    Release Date: October, 2003
    First Posted: January 28, 2002

    Language: English

    Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1


    Produced by Steve Solomon. HTML version by Al Haines.