Heidi Schmidt wrote:What a gorgeous cover on your book! Welcome! :)
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D.W. Stratton wrote:Hi Crystal. Thanks for sharing your experience and passion! We are first time homeowners with some weird land... We have a total of 7 acres, but it's split up. 1 acre is boggy woodland... That's no brainer zone 5. One acre is hilly and our house is on it, so we think zones 0-2 make most sense here. Then we have a 5 acre plot about a mile down the road. 2.5 acres of it is an open, South-facing meadow and the rest is protected wetlands on 3 sides. We were thinking a zone 3 orchard and vineyard plus zone 4 woodlot would go well there. We are vegan, so not looking to use animals as a yield or instrument of agriculture.
Given that none of this area has been farmed or worked recently, and given that the soil isn't compacted, has a pH of about 6.5, has good phosphate and potash content, but is fairly low in nitrogen.... Where would you suggest we even start on digging out hands in and getting self-sufficient with food production. It's overwhelming because there is so much that needs doing!!
Thanks for your advice!
Jay Clayton wrote:Welcome Crystal. Looking forward to the discussion here.
We recently moved to a 5 acre mostly wooded plot in northeast Texas (right on the cusp of zone 8a and 8b). We are trying to not disturb the original landscape, as some of the native trees are over 300 years old.
So my questions : how can your techniques be adapted to work with a heavily canopied land? What species have you found that will grow near well established pine and walnut trees?
Thanks in advance!
Y Chirea wrote:Hello Crystal. I am glad that you are here. I have a question about edible gardens and yards.
I have failed at growing food to feed my family although I have been very successful with my plants. This may seem like a contradiction but I find that my family won't eat most of the vegetables and fruits that are recommended to grow in my region 7b. For example, I decided to grow winecap Stopheria mushrooms, and no one really liked to eat them, but since they were hard workers for building up healthy soil I continue to grow them. Same for peas, which fix the soil but provide enough food for a infant. Squash grows but we end up with a ton and no one wants to eat squash for breakfast lunch and dinner for a month. So these crops grow and we don't eat them. The same for the other vegetables and fruits. No one likes them. My question is whether you think that one has to acquire taste and force oneself to eat from the garden. We have been conditioned to enjoy certain foods in our society that are grown by big businesses and look and taste artificial as far as I am concerned. Maybe my family is not hungry enough .
Also, second question, can you please name five ESSENTIAL edible garden must-haves for us to check out? THANKIES
Margie Curtiss wrote:Hi Crystal! Welcome to Permies!
My youngest daughter just bought an end unit townhouse with a big yard, and I am so excited to help her sneak in some edible plants and a small garden.
Your book sounds perfect for her, and while chickens are now "off the table" the plants aren't.
This is appeals to my rebellious nature, and I am looking forward to reading your book!
Jessica Selser wrote:Hello hello Crystal Stevens! How exciting to see that giant "bouquet" of amaranth! Yum! I am excited to learn more about edible yards. I am enjoying sorrel, clover, lambs quarter and wintergreen on my woody parcel of land. I'm pretty shady here and live in Maine so I am i terested to learn about shady edibles. So glad you are here!