tony phamm wrote:I'm wanting to buy a property here but it doesn't have access to public water. I wanted to just have it run on rain. Rainfall here is about 52 inches of rain per year. I'm in TN where it rains alot with frequent t-storms. I know that rain catchment system is an option but I'm wondering if my fruit trees would still grow even without that? I'll also grow all supporting species and herbs and such too.
Right now it's wooded so I need to know how to prepare for the land. Is there a good book for BEGINNERS for turning wooded into a food forest. I emphasize on "beginners" because so far the books and websites I've gone into gives way too much info all at once. There's just too many options of doing it in so many different ways. I just want ONE way of doing it. Doesn't have to be perfect. I understand nature is complex but it would really help if I can get one resource on doing it ONE way. I will just follow that one way for a few months, then maybe expand my options from there but I really just need to do one basic thing at a time.
And by the way, how much would rain catchment system with a drip irrigation system run me on 5 arces?
Thanks all for your help! Great community here!
tony phamm wrote:Thanks for that. I have heard of the book and will read it soon. Also Stefan Sobkowiak, I heard he does tarps to cover the ground to prevent weeds but also does drip irrigation beneath that. I don't know if I can do that if I don't have access to public water. Would the water catchment system be enough for the drip irrigation undernear the tarp? Or would not covering it and having rain be good enough? I would then be susceptible to weeds though.
Mike Dickson wrote:We have an area that we are turning into a food forest. It already has walnut trees and LOTs of persimmon trees. Last year it was so dry that all of our persimmon trees dropped their fruit early and we weren't able to harvest anything. Since then we have mulched (6 to 12in deep) most of that area and just yesterday I was checking that area and the trees that we mulched are loaded up with persimmons. I know adding mulch to that area helped those trees retain the moisture they needed.