Wanted to post what I've been working on for the past 4 years.
Started with a large dead soil lot in east Austin that once was a junk car lot.
In 2009 I broke ground, putting in runoff capture, swales and planting them up.
Things were moving very slowly at first due to the poor soil conditions and many mistakes (or learning opportunities) but now I can really see things changing quickly.
Momentum is hard to overcome, but now that I've got the momentum moving in the right direction it's getting easier and easier.
So from barren to bountiful in just a few years. Many, many dozens of fruittrees, veg and edibles, herbs and medicinal now flourish. Guinea fowl run amuck while my goats are prepping the back 1/3 of the property...all under the watchful eye of my Texas Healer Rusty Shackelford. Have built a tiny 'storage' building out of papercrete and have another under construction. Also have installed a small nursery and a couple of different aquaponics systems. The system is far from complete (are they ever finished?) but I continue to fill in the missing pieces every day.
Here's a little before/after video I did this past spring...hope you guys enjoy.
And for any of you guys in the area I'm hosting an open garden this Sunday 11-10-13 from 1-4pm. Hope to see some fellow permies there.