Kerry Rodgers wrote:Hi Ben,
Had not seen your site before--looks like lots to dig there! Thanks.
We are about to move to .7 acres in the suburbs of N Central Texas, and I'm planning to concentrate on topsoil (herbicide mitigation) and observation for the first year. In the fall: Greenhouse. Next year--water-system, earthworks, and food forest, maybe.
Q1: Animals probably have to be under the radar--I'm wanting to get to know the neighbors first. Are bees and chickens enough for soil building? I may be able to "borrow" (rotate on/off) pygmies goats later on.
Q2: Do you have any contacts in N Texas? (Dallas area)?
Q3: Will your book address smallish, urbanish sites? They obviously have their limitations, but...
We are hoping this site will be our focus for a couple of years, with a bigger site in our future.
Cant wait for the book! Thanks,
Why not start with water and earthworks? Those are the foundation and affect/support everything else. Building infrastructure is usually best next or in concert, then plant and animal systems. Unless you can do it all at once.
Just seeing that you might only be here for a little while. Darn. Then you are very limited. I would try at all costs to go to the long term spot as soon as you can. So you can get things going for long haul.
"Enough" soil building depends on many factors.
I don't know anyone near that area except for Joel Glansburg and Jack Spirko.
Our book focuses on what we've learned from our rural 10 acres, mainly. But the principles and many techniques apply to other settings and climates.