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Persimmons, zone 8a/desert of Utah, video from start to finish, rain water harvesting.

 
Scott Tenorman
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Maybe this is all wrong,
but having seen some other ideas, and coming up with some of my own, I came up with this.

It was a lot of work and hopefully it doesn't drown the trees, or do something equally as bad.



First week of January 2017.  Three persimmons planted (Fuyu, hachiya, and chocolate), along with a Mormon apricot/Chinese apricot tree. 

Feel free to critique anything I did (I know that peat moss is a no, no), or expand upon/give me other ideas.

It'd be cool to try and plant some vegetables in front of the trees, and I think I'm going to give it a try.

Anyway, thanks for looking.
 
Will Harvill
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Nice work on the addition of the fruit-bearing trees, Scott! I am a beginner in permaculture, but for what it's worth, it might be a good idea to add some nitrogen-fixing plants near the fruit trees. Here is something that might be of assistance if you are interested: http://homesteadandgardens.com/soil-blog/wp-content/uploads/nitrogen-fixing-plants-chart.pdf  For your design, I like the convenience of the downspout placement and how that will serve as a water catchment system for your garden and fruit trees. I also like your idea of adding on to the landscape by including some more edibles. I am currently working on a project in my backyard; I am in zone 5b. I planted an apricot/plum hybrid known as Tlor Tisran. Thanks for sharing and please provide us with an update to this thread in the future. - Will
 
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Thanks, Will.

Permaculture is something I've just started to learn about, and am just play'n it fast and loose with it for now....lol.  I like logical things, and permaculture is naturally logical it seems.

I actually started another thread about the same thing over in the water harvesting area, and it's got a bit more info if you care to see even more about a measly four trees.  https://permies.com/t/61816/attempt-harvest-water-Simple-bad#528005

Thanks for the chart on the Nitrogen fixers, I never even thought to look for something like that before.
I just mentioned in the other thread that I planned to plant sunflowers and peas/beans in the bed with the trees.  I'd heard somewhere that sunflowers sent down a deep tap root, which if I remember right is a good thing, and of course everyone mentions peas and beans as being good.   I'm happy to hear a suggestion that might be easier/better.

Here's a video of my backyard a couple of months ago.  It shows a bunch of crazy stuff I'm doing, and worse, my crazy idea to live in an rv, rent the main house out, and get paid to live on my own land.
I even have the strangest chicken coop/soil making factory/compost tea collecting thing you've ever seen!  It's kind of ghetto, but it's getting there.  It actually looks much better right now since I've been cleaning things up.


I'd love to see what you've got growing on in your yard if you care to share.
I'm a visual learner........
ugh to written words, lol.

I will try to update progress,
unless of course I kill the trees.......
in which case it's likely I'll just disappear.....

j/k


 
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