I have no idea where to put this. Yet, I had an epiphany of sorts, today. I was out working in what is slowly becoming a food forest. I was cutting grass by hand, to give some room for the wild asters to seed. I had just pruned a cedar, with wet feet. I had my piles of materials. My grass and my tree limbs. And I thought I have everything I need. I don't ever need to buy soil or mulch. Everything I need is right here and if managed properly, always will be. As I was walking back in house, my oldest said "mom come look at this!". I looked at her phone and there were images of an emaciated bear that had been spotted multiple times, in a neighboring town. Knocked the wind right out of my sails... And I thought almost in tears, this ecosystem is about more than my little acre. That hungry bear 15 miles away is connected to my acre. And here comes the epiphany part. 45 acres of farmland is for sale across the street. And it is expensive, very. 300,000. Yet, still I am dreaming. But my dreams have been about what we could do. Bed and breakfast, rental cabins etc. But what if I bought the land somehow, primarily for a wildlife preserve. Use a few acres to grow our grains and other crops we would like to sell. What if we made the rest a wildlife area. What if we made a huge food forest with predominantly native and naturalized species. I know there are rules and regulations for such things. But I am dreaming, now. And what if every county in the United States and what regions in other countries did this. Just thoughts. Thank you, for letting me think out loud, here. Love this community. I have learned a great deal in two weeks. I am grateful.
I have a 1100 square foot roof. 4 downspouts. We are designated as rainforest. I have a problem area of bogginess. The front yard is large gentle bowl. If I had rain barrels for the two downspouts, in the vicinity? Would this help at all? I have smartweed everywhere which is helping. Have some native shrubs lined up which can handle wet. I want to believe rain barrels will mitigate. And I know I can connect barrels and maximize. Yet, looking at budget wise now, two 65 gallon barrels
I am doing no till with straw mulch for annual garden. I am harvesting my own straw so no pesticide concerns. I have had no slug problems. I have violet, white and red clover, dandelion etc in borders. Which maybe why I have no slug problems. Following this.
I agree on spraying. It is an adjustment for them. There is a lot of good info on a post I made a few days ago. Under apple trees. Old sick apple trees is the heading. Someone spoke on minerals. Good luck. I am kinda in same boat, with mine
Thank you, Todd. I wonder how dormant they should be. We usually have frost midoctober but I know I can't wait too long. Yes, I am daunted by the 14 ft. Yes, pruning that one would be good idea. I know so little about trees. I am mainly a plant person up until now. Yet, am glad to be learning.
I have asked too many questions, lately. So, will try to make this last one, for a bit. Expanding our little woodland. Have a maple and a allspice crammed up next to an air conditioning unit. I have proper locations chosen. The maple is 6 ft. The allspice is about 14 or 15 ft. I never transplanted larger trees. I am 7a. When is the best time to transplant, this fall? Any other advice would be wonderful, as well. Thank you, so much.
Thank you, for saying that. The sun is too much even for full sun plants. Putting fruit trees in sunniest spots, as well. I am full on embracing the forest garden. Whatever the cause of changing climate, this is the way to go, in the south anyway. I am from Arkansas. Hope, Russellville, Hot Springs. The R's. Will remember that. Give them wind protection. I have so many "limbs" broken from wind storms. Another reason, I mulch.
Judith, I see you are in Ozarks. Love Ozarks. You are same zone as I. If you put in full sun, I would give a ton of mulch. All my full sun ones get wilty and grow slowly. So am piling on the mulch to see it that helps. So many plants are dye worthy. I grow ajuga and that's a dye plant, just learned. I have hot pink that have grown for years and some tie dye kinda mixed color that came with property. I didn't think you were that Todd, honestly. I have 5 kids and readily comes to mind.
Todd, there is children's book writer named Todd Parr. Yes, Todd and Judith I worry too much about everything, in that regard. Comfrey of the night, love that. Yes, the hawk moth. The tomato horn worm. I have potato greens for the horn worm so I can have the hawk moth. Hummingbirds seem to like the 4 o'clock. Thanks, everyone.
Yes, I just harvested a huge patch. Some were at least 12 ft. I took a bunch next door for neighbor's chickens. They love the greens. And going to use the rest for sheet mulch. I don't want to cause anyone allergy problems. I am sure I will find some in field next door for seed for bread. Also, drying some leaves for allergy tea. Like cures like.
I fully agree to each his own and there are purposes for lawns. the bush fires, never thought of that one. My kids decided they didn't need a lawn. Yet, if they were sports oriented and absolutely wanted a lawn, I would have one of those low water, slow growing mixed grass lawns. This is my favorite article, all time on lawns. It is not the harsh indictment that the title suggests. Lighthearted and quite funny. Great posts, all. http://michaelpollan.com/articles-archive/why-mow-the-case-against-lawns/
Actually there is a large river birch beside the deck. I am right now cutting english ivy off of it, again. Frustrated cuz I love this tree and I can't keep the ivy off. But that's a different topic. I love birch and love the idea of the oil. Yet, I don't think this one tree would be sufficient. Thank you, Brett. will research this. interesting.
Some areas do have codes and if I lived in such a place I would have raised ornamental beds everywhere and little walkways. I have been gradually reducing mowing in last two years. I am now to the point that I can run through paths with a rotary. White clover is taking over the grass. Which means grubs and moles are ceasing to be a problem. I have 8 dogs. And though they still have some fleas, we certainly have no infestation. In the yard several hours a day and maybe one tick all day. I have wild trap crops, everywhere. This season is the best insect balance I have ever experienced, in my life. The project is a work in progress, yet two years ago there was an acre of grass and a few violets. And I had moles everywhere and bare patches from grubs. Everything I tried to grow got dug up or eaten. My soil was poor in 75% of yard. Now my soil is fair to middlin in 50% and very good in 25%. And I worry about the neighbors, at times. Yet, by next summer I think they will love me. Great posts.
I have an ethical conflict. I want to let Ragweeds flower and produce seed, for grain. I have given some to neighbors, to feed their chickens. I have used some for soil amendment. I am not a doom and gloom apacolypse type person. Well, maybe a little. Yet, before corn was introduced, there was giant ragweed for grain. Tons of protein and nutrient dense. I have worried about this all summer and now as they begin to flower, I feel torn. Any thoughts?
Thank you Faye, Susanna, Trevor, David and David. Excited to have all this info. Will work on the mineral. Yes, comfrey. Maybe stinging nettle. I will check out the composting methods. I honestly only make tea because it's fast. And I need that, at present. When a property has only been treated with conventional fertilizer and the ornamental plants and shrubs are about 60% heavy feeders. Plus the annual garden. Now I have very little lawn. Plenty of dynamic accumulators and soil detoxers. Which is yielding me plenty of mulch materials. Though it has taken two years, I feel like I can feed, the land without much external. And good to know on the time the trees may take to recover. I am interested in grafting. I will take pics of apples themselves, tomorrow. Thank you, all.
You could just try a small area or even a small raised bed, to begin with. Southern exposure seed exchange will send you a small amount of two I think maybe three year roots for 15 bucks this fall. I have oak, red maple and beech. I simply going to spend 5 or 10 bucks on seeds from them. I have a couple of spots with 75% shade. Kinda loamy. Feels like the best spots. If it doesn't work out, I only spent a few bucks. No big deal. Start small. Good luck to you.