John C Daley wrote:I am not sure any cattle actually dont damage the ground.
I have worked on dairy farms and have not seen soil compaction that causes trouble in the paddocks, but it certainly happens on paths and near water rings.
I guess its a matter of not overstocking.
bruce Fine wrote:pictures worth 1000 words,
very beautiful place you have.
as far as the 40 acres that need mowing. are there any neighbors who cut and bale hay? might be a good way to get it mowed without having your own equipment and making new friends.
Mark Reed wrote:That is a pretty piece of land. In fact the whole area around Lexington is nice, you might make a point to visit Daniel Boone State Forest and Natural Bridge State Park a little to the south east when you get the time. I've spent many a night living in caves down there, back in another life time.
About 45 minutes north of Lexington puts you about the same distance south of me, I'm just across the Ohio River in Indiana. As far as what you can grow there I'd say just about anything except maybe some of those Andean crops that they grow in the PNW.
You mentioned raised beds, in your neighborhood you should have Black Locust as well as Honey Locust. Black Locust logs, if you have them of decent size make great raised beds as well as posts, building supplies and of course firewood. Black Locust flowers are also generally abundant in the spring and are delicious battered and fried similar to morel mushrooms, in fact I almost like them better than morels and they are much easier to find.
When you get settled in you can drop me a note if you want as I have a pretty good supply of vegetable seeds that I've been growing by landrace technique. The way you describe your soil is very similar to mine as is our climate, so they should be pretty well adapted.
I see some kind of furry black and white critter in than one photo. Boarder Collie or English Shepard perhaps?