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.

Nestoras Papoutsas
PLANT WEED!!!!!!!!!!!!
Gago Gago
he doesn't talk at all in all of his videos but i think is better cause there is nothing to talk kinda Charlie Chaplin. anyway i like all of his videos and at least he is soending his time doing what he likes to do and in nature far from all that pollution. anyway i really enjoy this videos if i would had the opportunity and the time i would had done the same just to experience different stuff and different way of living.
greendinesh
very ass hole fuck move
Darren Kehoe
who ever disliked this video, and is on a screen all day long, isjeleus
Matthew Noyola
why do this just use admin commands
hyrsk1552
great vids man i cant stop watching. you should be on 'Alone' you have more survival skills.
J. P. Morgan Jr
hey bro what camera do you use?
rudilyn aguelo
I'm surprised that it doesn't have any ads in all of his video
Wolfgang Krassus
OMG nooooo! what happened to this genius house? :(
Maham Ali
Honted house I think somebodies can't live in the house.
Trey Spelts
This dude is fucking w/ archeologists making these huts n shit. XD
Jarik C-Bol
I love your videos, they are so peaceful, and still entirely informative. I was thinking while your burned/moved the tree; is there enough water near by/large enough tree to justify making a dugout canoe?
also, how long did it take to build the stone hut? I imagine that was a labor intensive project, gathering all the stone.
Juan Pablo Gonzalez
i really like the begining of this video, where he shows the previous huts and sheds, each one looks more "advanced" than the previous one. Also that abandoned hut reminded me of the natives huts that are often found where i live, a lot of tribes used to live here and it's not rare to find old abandoned huts with pottery still inside while hiking
Ananta Video Gohain
how can you stay wedoted woman you don't want to do sex . you found some woman and stay with her. she cook food for you after a hard work you do dinner and fuck with her . after a hard work you fee relaxing night. the primitive people also do sex and they make her own life .
Korterra1364
Idk how many people know this but if you turn on subtitles he gives a brief description of each thing he is doing, a little easter egg of this channel. The descriptions add some depth to what he is doing its very cool
1LLIONAIRE
Did you put Korean subtitles directly?
Doug Rutkowski
where u livin?
Wade Wilson
I'd watch these vids all day! To hell with Television and commercials!
Jullien Harris
destroys house, makes a yam pit. life goals
The Captains Gr
where is
4 ohm
Is it your own proprety?
Moriel Belo
have u ever encountered a snake in the wild?
M7MD _AL7RBY_
ياولد ماعندكم نامس
yan magalhaes
What can happen if i remove one of this rocks? 4:13
yan magalhaes
What the hell happens where he lives?
james turd
how come the natives were never able to do this?
Kirkwin Films
Coolest part is at 16:96
jorge xavier
muito bom o video
Davey Wingatey
I wish I saw him build that stone hut it's so different from the other huts
Buthole
Did you build that dry stone house?
Cole Ferrell
I wonder if he was the guy that invented the wheel
Leo Franko
cool
ANDREW HATHAWAY
You should do naked and afraid because I know you would make it to the end
Bastian Bohr
i want play minecraft
Aiden Scott
Is he American? Australian?
Candide Thirtythree
Bye bye wattle and daub house 😢
I live in a 200 year old plantation house that has it inside the walls but because it is a French Creole, it is called Bousillage not wattle and daub even though it is the same thing. There are wattle and daub houses that were built in medieval Europe that are still being used!
ÖZYURT TV
monkey
TheAngryCanuck
Do you have any footage of the construction of the stone building?
TheWeissGamer
A naked raided that base
hunter blansett
4:50 "Get your dumb ass out my garden!"
John Smith
How does he keep mosquitoes at bay? Eucalyptus oil?
Jerrod Bearden
This guy could survive on the alone series on history channel
N A R D O O ' S
That proud moment you know your an aussie the kookaburra
ilker sang
ORMAN BABAYIN MALI. GIR BABAM GIR KES BABAM KES YAK BABAM YAK.OHHH
Peter Hendry
Fire work with me.
J R
Which Country is it anyways... I love these videos...
TheAngelLab Le
The plant he is getting looks like the mlg weed
Miland Estep
been watching for years now but does this man even talk in the comments
jo project
if i were him, i would surely call 911
Anthony Jacobo
Oh I'd be so pissed if a tree knocked down all that hard work
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