Eric Hanson wrote:Ok, so I just looked up Barstow on Google Earth and found the general area to familiarize myself a bit. I guess the first concern I would have is the water situation. The area looks pretty dry and has little vegetation. Is there any access to water? What plants will grow in your climate zone? I know the drought makes water a thorny issue at the moment, but maybe you can find some water efficient cover crops to start building soil.
I like the idea of grapes and maybe even some trees for food and shade, but personally I would have to weigh this against the availability of water.
At any rate, I am still interested in your more detailed description of your land.
Eric Hanson wrote:I wish I could help you on codes—I barely understand the codes by me. I still don’t know what RL and RC land is, nor how that affects what you plant. I wish I could help there.
Are the land parcels contiguous or are they completely separate?
Good that you can get a well on the land. I have used drip irrigation with good success before I discovered wood chips. In your environment, drip irrigation might be advisable, at least at first. Maybe wood chips can be made to work for you but getting them is likely more difficult than mine—mine simply grow along a fence line. If you do use a drip line, my suggestion would be to bury it.
I can probably think of a few other ideas, but I would need your feedback first.