Jim Tuttle wrote:
Here's my biggest question- how to clear the land? My thought was to mark out the area, drop the trees leaving as low a stump as possible, brush them out and store the logs for other uses. Then I will chip the brush, to be composted or used as mulch.
Jim Tuttle wrote:But what about the stumps? I have a few ideas:
1. Pay a friend to use a backhoe to rip them out. This gives me instant space, but as many stumps as there would be, this would be expensive.
2. Leave them to rot. I've put down 12" of horse manure in other gardens to go right over crummy soil, and it worked pretty well, especially after the worms got down with it. This method seems like it would be a pain for row crops.
3. Construct small, hot fires on the stumps to burn them down below soil level. I've only down this with a handful of stumps, but it did seem to work. I doubt I could run my tiller over this, though.
These are just the ideas I've had, I'm hoping the group will have more, or be able to advocate for one of the approaches I've described.
I'm super excited to hear what other permies think!