laura sharpe wrote:I noticed that you have posted in the food forest forums which tells me you want to grow a perennial food forest on the land? I think to get better opinions on how to start we should have more information on what is there now and where you would like to go with it.
What is on the land now? forest, grass, wild flowers...
How big is the land? rough approximation helps in that some things you might do by hand on smaller plots
What would you like to see on the land? Food forest of perennial fruits and vegitables? Would you like to grow some annuals and if so how many annuals? annuals are things like tomatoes, peppers and also grains.
Is the land flat or sloped?
Is there water on the land? If there is even a seasonal stream do you want a water feature of some sort?
Did you want to grow animals now or later? animals can be quite helpful in clearing land so it would be nice to know if they are workers also you might want to grow things for the animals
Do you own any farm machinery or have access to some?
What kinds of organic matters can yu get free? If you have a pile of anything organic around it could be nice to incorporate that into the plan to change over the land to your uses. Particularly wood logs or chips?
Have you looked at hugelkultur? I looked that word up just for you . Is this concept something your would like to do?
How fast would you like to have things done....all at once or are yu happy enough to do some here and some there?
How much money are you willing to invest in this? Not a number figure but more along the lines of I have quite a bit of money so I can buy the fruit trees I want all at once or should people be suggesting that the fruit trees sell off cheap in the summer or you can get really cheap but small trees from local DNR and or arbor society.
I am thinking it would also help us to know approximately where the land is...we do not know what season you are in nor how extreme the temperatures are. Also different countries offer different resources.
Not all this information is needed to help with ideas but I think all is helpful.
I reread what you wrote and i see some answers, you would like to start small and want to know how to do it. The questions most important in the start are the organic materials, what is on the land and are you interested in hugelkultur. The rest is helpful in thinking of longer term.
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