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I have been reading, listening and learning about permaculture for a number of years and recently moved out of the city (in my case, Madrid - Spain) into the mountainside. We live on a modest plot of 0.25 acres, although large by Spanish suburban standards and behind the house is a protected nature reserve.

I have hopes of creating a mini-food forest and growing a portion of our own produce. We are getting some chickens in the spring and preparing compost to improve the soil.

The main concern I have is that the land here is very clay-heavy and has a ton of rocks (see pictures). In fact, for a large chunk of the plot once you get past a shallow earth layer, it is all just rock. Other than cry for a while and then move, does anyone have any suggestions on how to work with this site? I am thinking about just doing alot of soil-building up there as if it were urban.
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Do not despair! The trees in the background of the bottom photo is proof you can grow a mini food forest! Hugelkultures/swales will probably get the ball rolling quicker than just planting trees. Watch geoff lawton's video.
If you like strawberry rhubarb pie, try blueberry rhubarb (bluebarb) pie. And try this tiny ad:
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