Morgan Morrigan wrote:You will be fine, and the hills will end up working FOR you. you can dig in root cellars, and they collect water for you.
Read on this site about swales and contouring, and start there. Hegelculture works best IN forests, so you can put those in up on the hills too.
about half the herb seed companies are around your area, so it will be easy to find stuff that works for you.
Clay is tough, but holds water very well, so you are going to have to mix stuff in. But clay also has more minerals in it for plants.
Jeanine Gurley wrote:Bill, welcome and I'm echoing what was said above. A lot of us are trying to build UP our flat areas into slopes, hills and swales. So you have a head start. We'll look forward to seeing your progress.
John Polk wrote:I believe that was a typo.
Usually typed hugelculture or hugkekultur.
Here is a link to the basics in Sepp's own (translated) words:
You need to scroll about half way down to get to his article.
Brenda Groth wrote:first of all, read Country living Encyclopedia by Carla Emery..it will give you a lot of info that you'll need..also..pick up Gaia's Gardening by Toby Hemenway and also Sepp Holtzer's Permaculture
Tyler Ludens wrote:Most important, from my own experience not doing it and failing miserably, start small and near the house, Zone 1.
1. Small intensive vegetable garden right near the house - larger extensive gardens can be done later. http://growbiointensive.org/
2. Small movable chicken coop with paddock shift system (something I have not yet done but learned my other methods are not optimum) http://www.richsoil.com/raising-chickens.jsp
3. Rainwater harvesting in tanks and small earthworks (emergency supply of household water plus storing water in the soil) http://www.harvestingrainwater.com/
Brenda Groth wrote:if you already have property with a good water source the top three for me would be to :
1. plant every kind of fruit or nut tree that you can get your hands on that your family likes to eat and that will do well in your climate/zone
2. plant every kind of perennial fruit/vegetable bush, vine, plant that your familhy enjoys that will do well in your climate near those above fruit trees
3. find a good source of seeds that are open pollinated and organically grown (bountiful gardens is one but there are otheres) and order yourself some seeds of annual vegetataion that your family generally buys from the store on a regular basis or you wish you could, and begin to grow them in any blank areas around those baby trees as long as there is still plenty of sunshine for them..and use as much mulch as possible