Amanda Wheaton

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Recent posts by Amanda Wheaton

I had joined this forum several years ago, which was in so many ways, a whole different world than I live in now.  I went from a really sandy piece of property, where I used to whine that it was all sand. I made it into a beautiful place, but sold/moved in 2018 to a place that is a narrow 10 1/2 acre parcel full of various changes in soils and elevation.  The front 3 acres is a high water table full of heavy black soil (RICH!) that goes down about 18 inches and then hits solid clay (michigan clay) Its great land, except for years like 2019 where my yard was literally saturated all Spring/summer/fall and even til today.  Standing water everywhere.   This land continues back a bit til the back of a pasture I attempted to have which has a change of elevation. There is a swale there as well.  This section moves from the heavy clay/soil to sandy higher area.  It could be a great place for a pond.  The higher land is a nice loam which would be great for some fruit trees I think.  Then farther back a little more it begins mixed forest, mostly a lighter sand with oak trees and some autumn olive.  Then we run into the very tall overhead power lines that cross my property there and just past that the elevation drops a good 20 feet or so and we get into a very heavy muck/mixed forest that leads to a year around flowing creek.  This creek is super cool as it even contains some fish.  Seasonally we have even gotten Salmon and some trout.  Likewise, in the fall when the Salmon run, in comes some cool Black Bears.   My elevation through property is up and down. Its beautiful, but some more simple ideas for drainage of my front property is complicated because I am not sure where else to have the water drain-yet theres my house! and it is a mess with the sump pump/crawl space.  Water water everywhere when it rains even in a normal year and it takes 2-3 days to dry.  2019 was never a dry day and it was such a mess.

So that is why I have returned to Permies   I need help to try and best handle my new to me property to get it up and going in the best way that is economical and eco-friendly.  I want to work with nature and not against it.  I have honeybees and I do garden.  But i want to work on a bit of a food forest as I do desire to grow most of my own in the long scheme of things.  I started planting some orchard trees the first year I was here, though we will see if they survived after this years flooding.  I need to do more of a food forest out back where the sandy loam that is higher in elevation could work with them, though I might become angry with the local white tailed deer population

Though I could move a lot of that sand out back and move it up forward, but then I would have to replant my trees..  Not against the idea, but I may need to do a lot of scraping of soil and adding soil.. blah blah a lot of work just to pull the water away from the house.    Anyways in time, as we get into the year more, I will add pictures so that I am better understood and I can get the best help.  

I am a widow/single woman in my late 30s so I will be utilizing some equipment and teenagers to help me with my projects, but not a man to do do my work.. in between working, college and homeschooling my kids lol but yes, I have the time to work on my land- so much depends on it.  

So here i am!! Now to go get working and reading up on what others have done with similar situations the best that I can.

Amanda
9 months ago
by the way, i think you could add some more materials to your bin for them to eat.. like shredded paper or leaves.
6 years ago
my bins are doing the same thing! lol! both in maggots andin heating up. I have some hay and rabbit manure though instead of sawdust. I keep knocking it around trying to break it fromheating. I migh take out half of the hay/manure andreplace with some half shredded leaves. I have about 1500 worms plus cocoons in three different bins. One bin is absolutely perfect! the other two a mess :/
6 years ago
Oooh that is wonderful! I had been thinking about her and hoping you would update. I had a goat once that had gotten cocci when little and she stayed stunted. I mean seriously stunted.. Its possible your girl will still be okay later on but she might stay small too and in that case you might just have a cuddle pet If I had a seriously stunted Jersey girl I would love her just for her manure and hay burps! Sure beats having a pony or something! Sometimes I get tired of milking the cow but at 800-900 lbs I sure cannot just have her be a hay burner for awhile :/ but if she was only 300-400 i sure could lol
6 years ago
We have a high ground water table too... it drains away from the house but some years gets real close. I hand dug a pond and find its always within 4 feet of my basement level. Sometimes I have a real nice pond over there and sometimes its just a huge sand pit. I wish I knew how to utilize the pond better.
6 years ago

Cj Verde wrote:I just looked at that 1st pic and I noticed the blueberries are totally in the shade on a sunny, fall day. So I wonder how many hours of sunlight this spot gets?[/]

Maybe 10.... They just have tall red pines to the south. They get first morning... then a break during hottest part and then full evening sun.

6 years ago

Alex Ames wrote:

Amanda Wheaton wrote:There is actually about 5 different varieties of blueberries... and I will probably steal quite a few of them for my orchards in the creating of my "permaculture orchard" I need to grow a lot of things around my blueberries my mind is churning like crazy today!



Just making sure they weren't all the same! Fill it in. Mulch it in. Have fun with it. We had a couple
of years of drought here in Georgia and my bushes stayed compact during that time. Then this year
we had an abundance of rain and they doubled in size. The less you do to baby them the better
off they will be, within reason.



I didnt intentionally get a variety.... its just what happens when you spend 2-3 years gathering them and from different stores! lol.. and stores not even selling the same kind each year. I suppose they could just be working on their root system and this year or next they will start leaping but they arent' going to leap if i cant keep their roots happy with moisture. Hopefully this year I do better and in the next 2-3 years they grow by leaps and bounds and start to give me yummy berries
6 years ago
There is actually about 5 different varieties of blueberries... and I will probably steal quite a few of them for my orchards in the creating of my "permaculture orchard" I need to grow a lot of things around my blueberries my mind is churning like crazy today!
6 years ago
Just thought I'd introduce myself. I just joined a little bit ago. I live on 2.24 acres in West Michigan. I have sand. I think permaculture is the answer to food self sufficiency for my family. I have 51 fruit trees, asparagus, 40 blueberry plants with dreams of more.Raspberries grapes etc though most in infancy. This year, now that I have gotten into the idea of permaculture i am going to stick even more fruit bushes in my yard! my poor husband! and work on ground cover and work to reduce my need to water the garden. I have over 1/2 acre in food... it should be closer to 3/4ths of an acre though now. Now that I know permaculture, my poor husband better watch out or else I will take up every space that doesn't involve the garage/house/driveway! muwhahahah! Anyways, I will post pics of my progress but for now this is my blog.... you can see my orchard/trees/berries but as you can see, they need permaculture applied yet!

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6 years ago