Deborah Denmark wrote:C.K. I am very close to you, I am over in Cullowhee. Don't have any 'formal' permaculture education but I do have BS in Natural Resources Management from WCU and a pretty good grasp on permaculture.
Deborah Denmark wrote:Hi Chuck,
I am a little rusty on my tree ID so couldn't really see what you were leaving on the hillside. I did look at your aerial picture of your property and you originally mentioned wondering if swales would be doable or a good idea. I think you have a lot of potential on the property for swales and some nice pond sites as well.
What do you plan for the hillside where you took out the pines? Is that where the hugelkulture bed went in?
Deborah Denmark wrote:I have never used vetch and don't know a local supply. I always start with my community store, ours carries a lot of farm stuff, next I check Bryson's Farm Supply in Sylva and then as a last resort I go to Country Roads out on 441. they are only the last resort because they are a good drive away from me. I don't know how comfrey will do with the hugelkultur bed. I am thinking of the deep roots of the comfrey and if you need to harvest some seems like a little strange, but what do I know about hugelkultur? nada. Definitely put comfrey around your fruit trees and bushes, make good living mulch and pulls up so much from deep in the soil for the other plants. If you plant red clover you have an excellent herbal tea source. Looks like you are doing a great job with your place. Have fun making all those plans, that is my favorite part sometimes.