Primitive Technology: Planting Cassava and Yams


In this video I build a garden to grow Cassava and yams, two staple food crops. Cassava is a shrub that develops large edible roots. Yams are a climbing vine that produce large, edible underground bulbs and smaller aerial bulbs on their vines. 
I had 5 huts, but the wattle and daub hut (from the first video uploaded on this channel nearly 2 years ago) became dilapidated. I abandoned it in favour of the other huts I built and neglected the roof. This let water in destroying a wall. Also, the sweet potato patch behind it had a tree fall across it destroying the fence. So I demolished them both to make one large garden.
After removing the fence I set a fire under the fallen tree to burn it in half rather than spend the effort of cutting it with stone tools. After burning almost all the way through, it rained. So I came back later and cut through the rest of the log with stone tools. I eventually broke the tree in half. Using smaller logs as levers I moved the tree out of the garden clearing the space for the garden.
I then collected wood and built a simple fence that was woven loosely together with vine. The fence needs only to discourage large animals from entering to prevent them causing damage. Most times pigs and wallabies don’t know that food is growing in the garden and won’t try and enter if they see no reason to. Or at least that worked for the sweet potatoes so we’ll see if it works this time.
For the yam and cassava planting material I travelled far down stream to the site of my old stone hut that I built over 10 years ago. It had a corbelled dome roof that was damaged when a tree fell on it during a cyclone and it came down a few months later. The thick walls however have stayed standing for about a decade though. 
Yams and cassava grew wild at this site which is one of the reasons I built the stone hut there. These plants are not native to Australia but grow wild here after having escaped from people’s gardens (similar to how wild pigs live here now after escaping from farms). The planting material for the yams are the bulbs that grow on the vines. The planting material for cassava are simply 25 cm long pieces of stem.
On returning to the garden, a scrub turkey was seen digging in the mounds. Protected by law, this bird has lost its fear of humans and in this case I’ve semi-domesticated it. Originally it was attracted to soil I dug up for the worms it exposed. I started leaving a pot out with small sweet potatoes in it for it to eat and now it investigates any pottery I leave for food. Now it visits my projects and will only leave if bored or chased away. I suppose this is similar to how chickens were domesticated, in fact bush turkeys and chickens are related and will produce hybrid offspring. 
 Unfortunately, it has learned that the garden contains food. Originally, I was only going to plant yams but I saw the turkey digging them up and eating them. So, I planted cassava in the mounds so that the turkey would be discouraged by finding only wooden stems to peck at. I secretly planted the yams along the fence of the garden because the turkey only thinks the mounds contain yams. They can’t smell very well and only find food by sight and learned behavior. 
I planted the cassava in mounds 1 meter apart by pushing them flat into the soil. I planted the yams at intervals along the fence so they could use it as a trellis. 32 cassava stems and 12 yams were planted. Then a storm began and watered the garden. In less than a week the cassava had sprouted shoots and began to grow. The yams will take longer as I planted them deeper.
Cassava produces the most calories per time and space of any plant apart from sugar cane and sugar beet. But it requires much less fertiliser and effort. A hectare of cassava produces enough calories in 2 days to sustain a person for 1 year. It takes a year to come to harvest but will stay in the ground for a year without becoming woody. The tubers are high in starch and are what tapioca is made from. 
This variety is called sweet cassava (actually not bitter cassava, it doesn’t taste sweet but starchy instead) and it needs to be boiled for 20 minutes to get rid of some cyanide it contains. The bitter variety contains such high levels that it kills if eaten raw and requires more extensive treatment to eat. There isn’t much nutrition in cassava other than the large amount calories it contains so other food would be required to provide protein and nutrients.  
After I harvest the cassava I planted I’ll try fermenting it (which adds nutrition), drying it and pounding it into flour to make flat bread. Cassava flour has the same energy content as wheat flour, stores well and tastes somewhat similar. Or I could just cook it and eat it straight from the garden. I’ll use the yams like potatoes when they’re ready.

DarkLemon
next up, taming wild turkeys
Mimoň SK
Rust in real life
Dave vědátor
pleas make the henhouse
Conna Smith
I feel sorry for him and the house
GlassesGirlsIsMoeeee
i wonder where that jungle he use to shoot this. South East Asia?
Ameer Pradillada
I LIKE YOUR VIDEO 😀😀
Jayden Westin Vlogs
just imagine this guy sneekin up on you in the park and staring you in the eyes the shouting WELCOME TO THE RICE FEILDS MOTHA FUKA
John-Paul Mitchell
Two questions:
Are you doing stone masonry now? I didn't see a video of that.

Would you ever catch and breed turkeys there?
yaseen aslam
this guy and bear grills should collab, that'd be cool
Aaron Sinclair
RIP hut, first vid I saw of you was you making that hut :D
Calin Sircu
mai fa videori. cum prinzi animale si pesti
River Gulan
Where is this?
dog dude
I wonder what kind of tripod he uses it's probably a bunch of sticks
janet lovea
Since this is just a hobby. How long does he stay in the wild???
Deathmeter
If a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to burn it in half, does it make a sound?
Citycat Gaming
ok i missed something wtf happend to the clay house he made
Tinfoil Radio
It gives you a perspective of what happened to our ancestors house after they left. The decay state and how things fell apart, then the eventual archaeological dig hundreds of thousands of years after they left. It's amazing and thought provoking!
Hayden Carrigg
You live in Australia, well I know who I will be looking for if ever there is an apocalypse
MalDoesStuff
I was hoping that he would have eaten that turkey thing
Bon Louis
This guy should be the new Solo man or in a VB commercial
VollsXL
fake sound effectives what if it was really just a green screen
Kuro Setsumei
I am watching this and remembering everything he does in each video. For if there ever will be an apocalypse. This guy will save al lives of all who watch his videos.
Emanuel Mendez
1 millions years later





:P
IronReaver #12
He destroyed hes awesome house :(
footsoldier123
Imagine what this guy could do with real steel tools
easy eevee
turkeys all like "yeah bitch fuckin yo garden up boy, my garden now boy, WELCOME TO THE RAIN FOREST MOTHER FUCKER!!!"
Vulpixel
And remember kids...

always turn on subtitles :D
Baka Ch
1:57 that looks dangerous...
Christo Slowrider
Rain after planting = The gods are pleased with your work.
Balto the Wolf
lol HowtoBasic in the beginning
kewlarrow
I wonder if the locals complain about the noise and smoke?
TheBeist Norsk Gaming
Voice revele ?
You tube User
I bet when he gets hungry he gos and gets waterburger
Tino C
show us how you build the cameras you are filming with!
James Sanchez
some day someone will find this and wonder what civilization did all of this.
Yoshi mastr
this man is the meaning of life and the answer to all of your questions
JoeManCZ
0:29 HOWTOBASIC mode active
Tyler Requa
Where is this place? Is this your private land or is it just unclaimed?
Mr Wednesday
I feel like this guy should invent shoes tbh
Billy Bob
You should make a coop! a Turkey coop.. if you can.. Which I know you can!
TheFrannyy
Will we see you using your skills to make some booze?
Syark The biTes
u need girl... with you
Dormalia Games
"Read the description" NO.
dirty saucepans
Has 4 mill subscribers, cant afford a real domain name .
Carter Ebert
You live in Australia!?!?
Davi Dutra
Now he's gonna make a sheep pen and winter clothes shout out from brasill
Aqil irfan
Sound of eat


Kurbads13
Primitive Technology? So i guesse this is recorded on a rock ?
Jan Schlegel
why is this fence so important?
unhappyman100
lol gobble D gobble returns
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