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Hello fellow permies.

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 fruit trees, 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.

http://www.meetup.com/ape99org/events/148733372/

Thanks,
Daryl

 
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Did see your thread until today. If you have any other gatherings planned please let me know. Good job, lots of progress shown in that video!

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Well done! I love it when people rehabilitate "waste land" and put it back into production - it's one of the most beneficial things we can do as permaculturists. Keep us updated!

Jen in Phoenix.
 
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Howdy Daryl, welcome to permies!
Nice job, I hope you stick around and add some of your experience to some of the other threads!
 
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Thanks for the kind words. It's been a long hard slog but like I said it's getting easier to grow everything.

Have a crowd funding campaign on we the trees if anyone is interested in helping keep things rolling out here...sure could use the help.

http://www.wethetrees.com/campaigns/weirder-austin

Guess I need to find the most appropriate sub-forum to post this into too...
 
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