Survival Skills Blog & Off The Grid Guides

My Birthday Gift To You


Today just happens to be my birthday and I wanted to do something a bit different in the practical prepper.

I have never been one for lavish parties and large gifts, I would much rather have a quite dinner with family to celebrate. This year, I felt that it was only right for me to give something back to you.

You guys and gals have made it such a pleasure to run this site and I enjoy reading your comments and feedback. I also look forward to seeing any articles that you guys have decided to send over to be published.

Many of you may not know it, but several months ago I had my first book published to amazon. I created a short illustrated book on vertical and container gardening.

I have recently found out that amazon allows a short time period every few months where you can give your book away for free.  I have been speaking with my publisher about this for the last week and they have agreed to open my book up for a 5 day free download period.

I wanted to take this as an opportunity to give back to the Survival Life community for all that you have given me.  I know that it’s a little late in the year to start gardening, but my book includes a few tips and trips for winter gardening I just want to leave you with a short description of my book before I head off to enjoy my birthday.

In this illustrated guide you’ll learn how to grow practically anything almost anywhere inside or outside by going up rather than across large spans of land.

You’ll discover how to:

Build your very first vertical garden out of PVC pipe.
How to find and convert FREE containers for veggie and herb gardening.
How to build a wall garden with a hanging shoe rack from Goodwill.
The perfect soil mixes and how to fertilize on the cheap

…and much more…

This book is completely free for the next 5 days ( if the price still shows up while you are reading this then please check back a little later, It may take a while for amazon to update)

I would love it it all of you would download it and read it  Even if you don’t have a kindle you can still read it directly on your computer via the kindle cloud reader.

the only thing that I would ask is that after you read it, please leave a review for me. I don’t care if it is good or bad, I just want it to be honest!

Click Here to get your free copy!

Thanks again for joining me here.

Remember, we’re all in this together!
‘Above Average’ Joe



  • Shamar

    Is the book only available to Kindle users? That is all I can find on the web site.

    • Joe

      Hi Shamar,
      It is a kindle book, but you can also open it using amazon’s cloud reader. the cloud reader is free to download and opens it up directly on your computer, If you have an ipad or smart phone you can also download the kindle app and read it.

  • Dennis

    Happy Birthday Joe.

  • Julie

    Thank you and Happy Birthday!

  • Judy

    Happy Birthday it’s mine today too. I tried to download your gift book onto my PC & it loaded a kindle thing, but then it has 3 books on it none of which I know anything about. Not your book. I have tried everything I know. I really want the book as I am really getting into this kind of thing.
    Thanks for help!

    • Joe

      I’m sorry to hear that you are having problems downloading the book. I know that if you had not already had the cloud reader installed you may have to go back to amazon and try to download the book again. Let me know if you still have issues

  • Buck

    Amazon says there is an issue and they are contacting the publisher. Not able to download
    Happy belated birthday

    • Joe

      Sorry about that, after being on amazon for over 3 months and many many downloads, some one reported an issue with the formatting on the book, and amazon pulled it. I am working on getting the formatting errors resolved and hope to have the book back up shortly

  • Vicky

    Went to get the free book from Amazon and it costs 2.99.Not free for me.But that’s fine I guess.