bruce Fine wrote:I'm also in e tn and have a field that got overgrown. welcome theres lots of great people and resources here, I did not have the means to keep this open field mowed down as previous property owner had and it has been 4 years and it is so thick with growth now it will take huge resources to clear it again. stuff grows wildly here very rapidly
bruce Fine wrote:have you gotten any pecans yet? there is a pecan tree out front that previous owners brother told me is 20+ years old it isn't very big maybe 20' and it never produced pecans. I planted 25 native sweet pecans I got from the state 2 years ago and they got flooded real bad last year, this winter I'll get back in where they are and check em out. anyway I have a 20hp wood chipper if you are not too far and want to make some wood chips.
Leigh Tate wrote:John, welcome to Permies! I found it pretty much the same way you did. In fact, for every topic I researched, I found some of the best answers here at Permies forums.
Sounds like you're doing an excellent job of analyzing your property and your soil. I'm curious, have you sketched it out as a map yet? It would be interesting to see as you discuss your findings and plans.
Leigh Tate wrote:John, the map really gives a wonderful visual meaning to you plans and your layout. My husband and I refer to ours a lot when we're talking things over. Are you considering any kind of livestock in the future? Poultry? Cows? Goats?
Tereza Okava wrote:Welcome, John. Sounds like you have a good amount of information to start with, which is great!
Sounds like you have good ideas to start with in terms of enriching the soil to combat drought. Mulch is great, if you can get chips, if not wherever you can get mulch-type matter you do what works! having animals around will help improve the soil too.
I am on a very small urban homestead on a sharp slope with straight red clay. It`s fertile (before my house was built the neighbors used this plot as a garden), but I've spent the last 5 years or so actively adding organic matter, digging hugel beds (no space for real hugels) and mulching with whatever I could get my hands on. The clay just eats up the organic matter, but it is more more resistant in the dry spells that lately are longer and more extreme. I added rabbits about a year and a half ago and the difference was visible. It's great fun.