Jonathan Rogers wrote: I am interested in seeing if there is anything we should be focused on as we are planning the build site/house. Greywater harvesting, rainwater harvesting, establishing trees, etc. Not even sure what our goals are yet because I don't know enough to really be able to set any. This will not be a full time homestead project- we have day jobs. Just want to help contribute to "greening the desert".
Gregory Campbell wrote:Before investing in large tanks to collect water or divert water from the wash both would probably get you in trouble in Colorado so do your homework on those first.
Skyler Weber wrote:
My plant list:
Nitrogen Fixers: Russian Olive, Honey locust, Mountain/desert/or curl leaf mahogany, Apache plume, New Mexico Locust, Black locust, Siberian pea shrub, buffalo berry, sliver berry, goumi berry.
Fruit bushes and trees: Golden or wax currants, gooseberry, goji berry, desert hackberry, skunkbush sumac, wolf berry, New Mexico Privet, wild American plum, canyon grape, chokecherry, russian mulberry, sand cherry, and elderberry. With water, black hawthorn, southern black cherry and serviceberry.
Nut trees: Pinyon, gambel oak, burr oak, Texas oak, California hazelnut, pistachio (try the Uzbek or Tajik varieties), yellowhorn, russian almond.
Trees and bushes when you are at your wit's end and need something that will survive: Rocky mountain juniper, fourwing salt bush, rabbitbrush, siberian elm, tamarisk (for your driest, saltiest and most wasted area).
Good luck and I hope to hear about your updates in the future.