I'll definitely be able to post some more photos as we go. I tend to take a lot of them as I wander around regularly.
bruce Fine wrote:
where do you find historic pictures?
The county GIS site here in the last several years it seems found/loaded all of their historic maps and county information (streams, soil maps, zoning, etc). I was super shocked to see aerials from the 1930s!
Marty Mitchell wrote:
I just moved down to Elizabeth City,
On a side note be sure not to take on too much at once. Don't want to burn out! It sounds super amazing though.
That "Cold Hardy" citrus does not really mature to their rating until around year 5 or more I am told. Best to keep a good eye on it during cold snaps and be prepared to save it. For some reason citrus takes a REALLY long time to build up a good bark layer... which is what protects from the cold. Getting a good root system going really helps as well.
What root stock are you running on them?
I have since cloned 4 branches in my Aquaponics system. They will be going into pots for a few years... and then in-ground in a greenhouse in a few years after I build one at my new place. They will be fine. I am now in zone 8A.
Elizabeth city is super close to the water I believe, right? That will be an awesome moderating micro climate!
Definitely trying to keep my taking on projects at a reasonable pace-- just so much I want to do but realistically only so much I am willing to spend any given year to get it all done. ;)
All of the citrus is supposedly on flying dragon, but I had to buy the collection retail so I am not 100% sure. I have Flying Dragon rooting in the basement currently and will hopefully be able to plant it out next year sometime. Around 7 flying dragon, 3 normal trifoliate, 2 morton, and 4 red australian finger limes are being rooted. (flying dragon pictured)
Awesome on the cloning in aquaponics! I really am interested in setting that up as well, but that may over extend me a bit right now! Super cool
As for the cold hardy citrus, I have three that are less unprotected (near driveway with crape myrtle for canopy) than the others but they are rated for zone 7 or better. Varieties: Flying Dragon, Yuzu Ichandrin, and Sudachi Hybrid Yuzu.
Photo after initial planting:
The others I am growing are all zone 8 appropriate, but growing them next to a south facing brick wall with no shade may help. Varieties: Centennial Variegated Kumquat, Variegated Calamondin, Ten Degree Tangerine, Juanita Tangerine, Dunstan Citrumelo, Ichang Lemon, Morton, Meiwa Kumquat, Kuno Wase Manadarin, Hardy Grapefruit (zone 7).
The main collection (with some purple tree collards):
The two outliers still by the house (they've since been fully mulched):
Around the deck of the house, I have 'Favorite' pomegranates planted by the steps:
And, pineapple guava along the path with a few hostas and cold hardy begonias intertwined. I've since wrapped the mulch around into the planting of the pomegranates. Varieties: Robert, Nikita, Mammoth, and Apollo.
From earlier and in no particular order:
Garden after initial mulching:
Ginger/Turmeric/Galangal with a pepper plant I didn't have room for elsewhere. The weeds had grown through the mulch a good bit at this point.
Yacon and Chick peas growing together:
Sunchokes (Stampede, Red Fuseau, and Clearwater) going strong and starting to bloom (sweet potatoes were in the front bed but were eaten back by deer):
Maypop growing on a drought killed elderberry:
Japanese raisin tree (a deer recently decided to rub on it a good bit, I am hopefully it will survive). There is a second planting nearby as well.
State (as of last late winter) of the forest on the north/east side of the property (I need to lean out some of the dead wood and open it up a bit).
My favorite old tree on the property (I just wish there were not so many names carved into it). The trunk is about as wide as my truck's front end.
I'll have to find more photos later, but also a number of mulberries, aronia, goji, apples, almond, and cherries have been put in this year. I have a Chicago Hardy Fig that is potted up and will be going out next spring along with several cold hardy kiwis.
I just put in giant miscanthus grass in a raised bed so I can propagate more next year and the year after for on site compost production. Additionally, got some chinese artichoke growing and turkish rocket for perennial broccoli substitute.
This weekend will be digging up the sunchokes and replanting each variety in its own bed (hopefully saving some tubers). And, getting some cattle panels setup as trellis arches for groundnut (lsu improved variety) and chinese wild yams.