Hello from North Carolina! My name is Jon, I am new to this site but have mulled over it a good bit and read lots of posts. I have to admit I am somewhat overwhelmed with everything there is here! theres so many great things to see and do that i cant figure out where to start.
I tend to shy away from posting on forums due to all the jerks out there flaming new guys but i haven't see even 1 flame down here:) !
Some thing about me, I am 47 have 4 daughters... yep 4, live in the city (....hate that) and am some what of a cheap skate according to the family ( I call it being resourceful ) and love anything natural that can save money.
I own 6 acres of the old family farm that is sitting idly while I do nothing with it. It is mostly wooded with 30 year old growth and some field areas-about 2 acres. there is 3 creeks on it and 1 runs year round. I would like to grow food on it but its overrun with deer and coons that was super happy with the garden I planted 3 years ago and they look forward to the next one I am sure.
I have a tractor disc plow tiller and a 1969 cat d3 dozer with a bucket on it. If any of you are close to the charlotte area and would like to have access and help me out with a project this spring i will give you free access to it all. Sharing is caring right lol. I lack the know how to be successful at sustaining a garden here. I will post pics and any other info you may want.
If you have any ideas or advice for me please let me know what you think!
And God created man..... there are no other specifics
You will want to start with a good design. To get there, observation of the property and outlining your goals will be essential. A few questions to ask yourself: Do you eventually want to build a house there and move to the property? Or put up a smaller structure and spend weekends there? Will it produce just for your family or do you hope to sell some? What kind of animals would you like to raise?
If you can attend a good PDC (whether in person or perhaps Geoff Lawton's onlinePDC), that would certainly help. I read several books on permaculture and lots of online resources before going through a PDC, but my PDC was immensely helpful.
A garden is tough to do when you don't live there. Gardens are generally in zone 1, right near the house so you can be out there every day. If it were me, I would think about the long term use of the property, then find a place to put in a food forest, maybe with swales and ponds. And I would make copious amounts of bone sauce (see Sepp Holzer's Permaculture, posts here, and Paul's blog post on richsoil).
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Companion Planting Guide by World Permaculture Association