But, I want to start getting some more trees growing and start a polyculture going. Kinda like a dryland forest garden.
Thanks for the comments!
velacreations wrote:I let the habitat be as natural as possible, mostly to avoid any erosion issue. I kinda just plant within the grass, and trim the grass at time to give my plantings a head start, and then I let things fend for themselves.
Pat Maas wrote:
The hill country of Texas is beautiful. Have friends there and seeing the grass knee deep and the goats fat on it, keeps me a bit jealous, but then they have mosquitoes and here we don't!
I've been in Chihuahua as an ag advisor and have spent some time in the area that was being discussed. One of the biggest issues there is the seasonality of the rains, not so much a problem as where you're suggesting. I would check with a local weather records keeper on rain history as it can change considerably from local to local in hill country.
When I was in Chihuahua a few years back, saw little of water storage or even methods to "earth bank" it. There were rain gutters on the ranch owners homes, but the water was funneled away, not stored. Hope that has changed some. Saw some very sad sites there due to either lack of caring/awareness or education. Unfortunately I wasn't there for that, it was to teach ranch hands how to use a greenhouse.
The hill country is great, but land prices will not be cheap. You might consider north/central texas, between Abilene and Dallas/Ft Worth. There is some beautiful country in there. I used to live in Cisco and Breckenridge, Cisco being on the interstate. The scenery is great, land is reasonable, but the people leave something to be desired at times (very religious, very traditional, very niche-based) But, there are pockets that are very nice.
I have grown cowpeas here with great success. Buckwheat would probably do well here, too.
As far as oaks, there are lots here. A lot of indigenous people here collect acorns from the Mexican Blue Oak, which are low in tannin, and they are a local commodity. Also collected are pinon nuts, and they, too, are a commodity.
So, oaks and pines are definitely in my consideration for plants as they are both locally available, adapted to this environment, and provide nutritious food.
Ben Van Der Kar wrote:This post has been slumbering for a while but I just came across it and thought I'd chime in.
Firstly, I hope all is going well with establishing polycultures on your land Abe! I don't know how common frosts are in your area but I remember having read that citrus, guavas, lavender and aloe make a good guild. Lavender I'm sure because it is an insectory plant and the rest I reckon go well together because they have different root structures that allow them to co-exist without competing with one another. Can anyone else think of reasons as to why this would be a good guild? Hope this helps.