I am new to all of this. I have been playing with some raised garden beds for about a year now, learned a little about vermicomposting and recently taken a huge interest in KNF and JADAM.
To add to my excitement, I struck a deal with a land owner where I can have free reign over some property (roughly 2 acres) that was used for growing various trees for landscaping as long as I keep it maintained and clean. There are a bunch of live palm trees, oaks, and some other stuff that I do not know what it is. The owner would like to cut down a number of the oaks and other trees to clean up the property some and I am going to make use of it all for growing and building soil.
There is a pile where wood was stacked, i presume to compost, about 7 years ago and is now a pile of light brown dirt/dust and easily crushed logs.
This weekend I am going to start cleaning up the property some by gathering all of the dead branches, limbs, frawns, etc. and piling them up. I also plan to evaluate the land to determine where I can place various things such as compost site and ultimately where I want to set up beds and whatnot.
Since I am going to have a large amount of tree debris, I was thinking hugulculture (hope that is spelled right) beds when I get to the point of setting and establishing grow beds. I also have access to a plethora of horse manure from a friend that has a business where he removes manure from the local horse barns.
What in the world am I getting into? hahahaha
what should I be on the lookout this weekend when I start cleaning up the property?
is there a particular place in this forum where I should be posting a thread about my undertaking where I can get feedback, advice, and direction from those who know more than I do in respect to how best take advantage of this opportunity?
My goal with this is ultimately to learn about natural farming methods, building soil, and regenerating this property. Having a place to plant, garden, and establish a food forest is the benefit.
I am sure I am missing so much and I would like to document my journey with this so others in my hardiness zone might get something useful out of it. So again, if there is a place on here that I should start a thread, please let me know.
I knew it all unit I realized I know nothing... Now I know that too!
James, welcome to Permies! If you have questions, then you've absolutely come to the right place.
What a fantastic deal you made. Congratulations on that! Sounds like you've got some good materials to start with and plenty of enthusiasm. That's an excellent idea to take a look around and evaluate. I'd suggest drawing out the property like a map, filling in the features, and then using that to explore options for what you want to do and where.
And please share it with us. Where? Permies is a huge site, with lots of various forums. I suggest you explore them from the left-hand sidebar. You'll find lots of interesting discussions and places to post your questiosn. We're all on the same journey here and love to discuss all things permaculture.