Jon Cunningham

Author and Native San Diegan

This website is designed for my gardening and solar books. It includes the Interstate Water System (IWS) and other renewable energy options. Profits from these books and from bonus rewards support educating everyone about Solar and IWS.


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Solar in San Diego

The Energy Enhancement Circle

Purchasing a solar system is one of the largest items you will buy and comparable to buying a car these days. We are constantly bombarded with ads, many of which led us to feel confused about which direction to go. How many panels do I need, how much do they cost, do I need a battery backup or a generator, who keeps track of what and how about rewards and rebates questions?
This short, easy to read book explains most everything you need to know about buying solar. It also explains how our severe water shortages are tied into electricity production problems. This information demonstrates how all this can be put back into balance. As you will see, it’s not complicated, no math and no headaches.

Inside this book you will discover:

  • How to save money and make income at the same time.
  • How the decision-making process of buying solar is simple.
  • How to wade through all the confusing ads and conflicting statements.
  • How to save money by staying ahead of the game.
  • How to keep up with the latest innovations such as solar tiles instead of panels, electric cars becoming your battery backup for your entire house.

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Around My Garden in 80 Years

My Adventure with Soil, Sun & Water

The Covid-19 pandemic was a real eye opener for not only Americans but for the entire world. I was at Walter Andersen’s Nursery in San Diego in March of 2020 on the day that our governor mandated the stay-at-home policy and many businesses were forced to close. The nursery parking lot was jam packed and an employee told me that many people were concerned about the food supply and were starting backyard gardens. They had run out of my favorite corn seeds and potting soil and supplies were almost depleted. I had never composted above ground before but was now seriously considering doing just that. This book came about because I felt, especially new gardeners, would need some advice and help. It’s not just a book about gardening but has a central theme of sustainability and self-reliance. Supporting that theme is vegetable and fruit growing, conservation in general including how most homeowners can acquire solar energy with no upfront costs and many other benefits. It also goes into the considerable health benefits including the immunity raising aspect and the pure joy of gardening. Comparisons of old and new technologies for many facets of sustainability are discussed. WARNING: Parts of this book may tickle your funny bone. If a tomato could talk it might say something like “I may be the king of the garden but as I was reading this book, I found myself giggling for the first time in my life”.

A wonderful read

“Jon Cunningham’s Around My Garden in Eighty Years is a wonderful read, not only for master gardeners but all levels of growers. It is well-written and illustrated providing both humor and tips based on a lifetime of growing sustainable fruits, vegetables and succulents. The author’s depth of knowledge is obvious by his gifted discussions of soils, water, seeds, and contemporary techniques.”

A. Lee Brown, Jr. Ph.D.
Professor emeritus
Author of The Varsity, A Story of America’s Underage Warriors in WWll

A must read

“Jon Cunningham’s love of gardening shines through in this very practical  and information- packed book.  This is a must read for the aspiring gardener.”

Lawrence Mulryan
Master Gardener
Former Mayor of San Raphael, California
Former CEO of California State Workman’s Compensation Fund