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5 acre 7a food forest

 
Scott Vernon
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Location: Ridgeway, VA
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Last spring I plowed up a field that had been sitting fallow for who knows how long. The neighbors suggest that it was over 30 years ago that a previous owner grew tobacco extensively in the clay soils of this area. I planted diakon radishes, clover, chickory, alfalfa, vetch, and a wildflower mix resulting in radishes the size of my forearm. I plowed that under and planted a crop of winter wheat and Austrian winter peas. Currently this mix is knee height and green green green.

Here is what I am thinking about doing in the near future.
1. Running the lawn mower over this field at the highest setting.
2. Plant a mixture of:
-Canopy - Pawnee Pecan (100ft mh), EH Wilson Mimosa Tree (40ft mh), English Walnut (40ft mh), Southern Giant Pecan (100ft mh), Colby Pecan (100ft mh)
-Low Tree Layer - Hall's Hardy Almond (20ft mature height), Hardired Nectarine (10ft), Tanenasni Oriental Persimmon (20ft mh), Several types of pear dwarf trees, dwarf plumb, golden apricot, Carolina Belle Peach (10ft mh), dwarf peach, elderberry, hazlenut - i already have apple trees in another area
-Shrub layer - Red Raspberry, Primocane red Raspberry, blackberry, o'neal blueberry, jubilee blueberry, gooseberry, goji berry hazlenut
-Herbasceous - comfrey, borage, thyme, oregano, summer svory, feverfew, yarrow, sage, beets, turnips,
-Rhizosphere - potatoes, sweet potatoes, do onions go here? any other suggestions?
-Soil Surfice - Earliglo Strawberry, clover, chickory, vetch, squash,
-Climbers - Concord Grape, Muscadine Grape, Cowart Muscadine Grape, Scarlet Grape, Glenora seedless grape, lakemont seedless grape, reliance seedless grape, climbing rose around gates, beans

and have a few spaces for three sisters

any direction would be much appreciated
 
                
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Oh dear. This is my very first post here, and this thread is, I guess, my primary obstacle to doing what I wanted to do. I have five messy acres of old pine and it's babies in GA, maybe half way between Atlanta and Athens. I thought maybe making some kind of small community--I'm not sure what, but maybe gardens and yurts and goats and chickens and tilapia and bee hives and so on kind of thing. Me? Not physically capable of sawing a piece of wood at the moment, never mind pulling out trees. So now I'm discouraged. I got too much of a mess, not enough of the good stuff and no money other than I own the land outright.

Anybody in GA want to play? Don't come to me looking for a job.

Well, anyway, what is it that you cover the stumps with? What does one do to keep felled trees viable for reuse? Can I post a Google arial? How?

It's a very pretty terraced parcel. I don''t want it to be so hard to do. And I need a home. But if it costs more to remove trees than a yurt or something...

(Lost 11 years due to 9-11. Stuck in NYC.)
 
Cj Sloane
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You should both watch Surviving the Coming Crises which include a section on using chickens to turn grass into a food forest.

Scott, plowing is terrible for your land and is rarely done by machine in a permaculture system. Letting the daikons rot would have greatly improved the soil structure.

Ana, I think pigs will kill your pines for you if you have enough time for that sort of thing. Maybe get a quote from a logger if they aren't just pulp trees.
 
Judith Browning
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Scott...sounds as though you thought this out...I envy your food forest list...would you be able to do that all at once? My experience is with painfuly slow progress...never had the plan or ability to plant everything I wanted to at the same time. I am sure you will get a lot of advice here from those who have done this.

Ana...sounds like you have a lot of questions...you might like to start your own topic.
 
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