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I am finally moved into my new home & ready to get started in the yard. I am in central Mississippi on just over 4Ac. The most gardening I have done before this is shaking a few yellow squash seed out in the yard. I am in over my head! My yard is VERY wet since there are 3 natural springs & I am in a flood zone due to a creek. I was luck enough to have a very nice fig tree in the backyard & 3 nice blueberry bushes. There are also a few nice pecan trees on the property. I need to keep the yard easy to cut & snakes are a concern since we found one in the garage during renovations on the house. The area to my east is a hunting camp. I would like to mostly plant things that are edible. I have no idea of the soil PH. Also there is an old stump near the house. I would like to get it broken down so I can plant something else there. I have been adding all the scrap wood from construction & fallen limbs to the stump & burning it. Is this good or bad? I also don't want to attract more deer since I have had to clean up one that was road kill from my driveway already. Any suggestions are welcome! I attached a picture of the front yard to give an idea of the layout. The picture is taken from the road that is on the north side of the property. The majority of the cleared yard is in the back but I didn't have a picture handy
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Howdy Melanie, welcome to Permies!
OK we are about to fill your head with all sorts of crazy ideas so hang in there and keep asking questions.

Stop burning the wood. instead make hugel beds with them. Please look for the hugelkultur threads here at the forums.

What kinds of things do you want to grow? What are your dreams and goals for the property? Looks like a very nice place by the way!
Melanie Prisock
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Thanks Miles.... I would like to end up with food plants that come back each year. I would also like to have an herb garden. We used kale planted in pots at my sisters wedding and after we were ably to harvest the leaves for dinner. The foods I eat the most are broccoli, green beans, spinach, asparagus, cauliflower, cucumbers, tomato, onions, potato, corn & nuts. I had to look it up but I like the idea of the hugel bed for my tree stump. Should I just get some planting soil & put it over the top & sprinkle in some seeds or are small plants better
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