Craig Nabors wrote:I have 30 acres in Stillwater and hope to start a small scale farm this coming year. This has been a dream of mine for years and it is finally coming to fruition. I have been really impressed with Allan Savory's Holistic Management and I am now getting turned onto permaculture design as I try to set up a production system on my land. Currently I am reading Dave Jacke's Edible Forest Gardens. My wife and I are also building a small cob cottage now as an experiment and we hope to eventually build a larger home in the next few years. I would love to share ideas with anyone here in Oklahoma and see if we can't come up with better ways to produce food.
Dan Boone wrote:Does anybody here in Oklahoma know where I can find a publicly accessible population of Arundinaria gigantea (cane) where it would be OK for me to dig some rhizomes for transplanting? The distribution map here shows it just two counties south, but I hate to set off on a road trip hunting for the stuff without any specific tips on where to find it.
Any suggestions gratefully received!
bonnie bright wrote:Hello Oklahoma Central Permies
It all started when I couldn't afford a lousy $4 for a bag of nitrogen ....
That was many years ago. The nitrogen never hit the ground. I have great soil on a residential property a stone's throw from Stillwater. After tinkering for a few years, my favorite garden plots are:
swales and berms
I recently leveled this 1/6th acre by hand and am starting from scratch with a site plan. I have gentle erosion problems. Swales. Berms. Trees. Shrubs. Sometimes I wonder if a spring will not pop up after so many years because all the storm water run off from three sides of the problem flow under and over the soil.
A huge elm tree rests below my storm shelter. We must use a sump pump to keep it down to 1/4" of water on the floor. It's a great example of natural water retention. I try to imagine the entire lot in this fashion with the right growies and swales and berms on contour.
Hopefully, this year, I'll be able to implement some grey water diversion, rainwater capture for potable water and gardening on contour.
My biggest challenge is that my grading is all over the place.