Tyler Ludens wrote:If the land can grow hardwoods (oaks, hickory, etc) those would be preferable to pines as an overstory.
Erica Colmenares wrote:Just wanted to say that those pictures are so like our land just NW of Nashville (due W of Ashland City). Our house site slope isn't quite as steep, but we're planning on a modified terracing with hugelkultur!
Tyler Ludens wrote:I envy all the lush beautiful understory you have. May even be edible native plants in there.
Dave de Basque wrote:Another thing it all depends on is your longer-term goals. So other than a Zone 1 garden for home consumption, what is your idea or your vision for the rest of the property? What do you want to turn it into?
Dave de Basque wrote:As for all the undergrowth, maybe some goats could help? Don't know if animals figure into your plans.
Dave de Basque wrote:Other possible challenges are high winds (so you might want to keep a good buffer of mature trees as a windbreak, and difficult water supply. Among the advantages, of course, is full sun, as long as there's a clearing in amongst the trees of course.
James Freyr wrote:I want to recommend the book The Resilient Farm and Homestead by Ben Falk. We have a thread about it here: https://permies.com/wiki/20901/Resilient-Farm-Homestead-Ben-Falk