We have 8 acres. Clay loamy soil. Have water but need to be careful with its use.
We are totally off grid and rural location here. wit
My goals are simple: take care of the earth and improve it, grow as much of our food as i can.
I am learning as I go.
First year, i have planted a fruit orchard: apples, cherry, pears, oranges, lemons, limes. I set up a fodder system for sprouting grains, that reuses water. Have put cows, then sheep, then chooks onto rotational grazing and improved our pasture wonderfully. Cant wait to see how much more hay i can grow this year compared to the 1st year.
There were no trees here, so have planted 20, digging holes in concrete hard clary is the hardest work i have ever done to be honest. No water in paddocks so water irrigation laid down.
It has all been very basic infrastructure work, essential, but dull! so im raring to eat what i grow this year!
More success was made in discovering home brewing. And have wines from forraged matter: Elderberry, Elderflower, Ginger. If only i drank more! But made good pressies at christmas.
Welcome Michelle! Look forward to hearing more about your sprouting system and your gardens. I'm also in the southern hem on hard clay soil and looking forward to a good spring after what has been a really weird year so far (dry winter with HAIL and a few crazy hot spells, major drought). Hopefully we both get a good season!