Chris Kott wrote:Hi Patrick,
I think I got the jist of it. What you'd need to provide to get any real good feedback would be something like a list of the types of trees growing there, and as much of the understory plants as you can. That will tell something about the soil conditions and will give any knowledgeable people a chance to make useful suggestions.
Patrick Winters wrote:
K - Drainage bottleneck, -3 feet, the back yard drains south into a very green small hollow in the woods, very spring is practically a creek from the thaw
L - The same; all the drainage from the back yard of my neighbor immediately to the south, all drains into small hollow
N - The heavily-forested ravine; -15 feet. All the water from the driveway, the hill (I) and the little hollow (K & L) empties here, very moist microclimate
Patrick Winters wrote:...if the fish (even carp) need continual incoming water from a running creek then it might not be in the cards.
Patrick Winters wrote:
Here ya go, like I said not much that can be seen unfortunately, particularly when it comes to the hill and ravine.
Chris Kott wrote:Wow, CJ, that's intense! I was wondering, though, considering their relatively small canopy size, is there a reason to cluster the black locust in one spot as opposed to intercropping there where you might need more nitrogen?
Could you break down some of it? What are the green circles labelled 30'HL? And is there a reason you would suggest foreign varieties of chestnut when Patrick has access to the product of a blight-resistance program for the American Chestnut?
Also, am I missing the steps you've taken to address his concerns over water management and ponds for aquaculture, or did you not tackle that?
Patrick Winters wrote:what is the effective radius for a black walnut's herbicidal properties? How far should they be separated from other tree species?
Chris Kott wrote:So if you group black locust closely, they don't branch laterally as much?
Chris Kott wrote:Is there any reason you couldn't prune the lateral stems when you chop and drop in a polycultured setup, though? Or does that not make any sense? I was just thinking about the nitrogen-fixing properties and how they aren't benefitting much else if they are pretty much monocropped.