D Nikolls wrote:So you mention clearing and cultivating around 6.5+ acres.
That is a modest pasture, a solid food forest, or a REALLY BIG market garden!
And, the level of clearing and terrain modification is wildly different depending on your goals.. and of course the starting point!
Do you mean cultivate as in intensive annual cropping, or as in remake into a loosely managed food forest, or...?
Michael Cox wrote:It would help to know what you are wanting to clear land for. Market gardening? Whole field planting? Woodland to pasture? The best method will differ for all of these.
One effective and commonly used approach to prepare blocks for market gardening is to use livestock to do the work, and simultaneously fertilise the soil. Justin Rhodes has good videos on YouTube of using chickens and mobile electric netting. Others use pigs. The advantage of combining pigs and chickens, for example, is that the combination together can till the soil and destroy the perennial root systems of grasses etc. If you focus on doing a block at a time thoroughly you will do better than over stretching yourself.
People even use pigs effectively to turn forest to pasture. Fence the area with electro net and pen the pigs there. As they root around they will clear the smaller material in the under story, then you can come through and manually clear anything they missed. Move them on, then over seed with grass etc...
Eric Hanson wrote:Nikolai,
I was looking at your proposed land allotments and 6.5 acres is a LOT of market garden. As in I personally could not come close to planting, maintaining and harvesting 6.5 acres. In my personal opinion, the largest garden I could ever imagine would be about 1/2 acre and that by itself would be huge. I am not saying you can’t do it by any means, I am simply saying that 5+ acres of market garden is truly enormous.
A thought might be to try 1/4 acre garden to start (or smaller) and work up to what you can do. When gardening it is easy for one’s reach to extend one’s grasp—I am kinda dealing with that issue right now and I have a mere fraction of what you are describing. Maybe start small and as you get established, increase your cultivated land.
Actually, for this sort of work load, a tractor will be enormously helpful.
Great thread and I hope to hear more!