My name is Davin, I am an amateur gardener, I have only had the privilege of caring for a small keyhole garden I made after reading "Gaia's Garden." I am moving back to North Texas after living in the Pacific Northwest for 3 years, while I love the area so much more for many reasons, I have to move. However, I am excited to say that I will have a lot more room to garden, however, I am quite overwhelmed with the thought and don't know where to start, I will sheet mulch a lot of the grass, and make some Hugulkultures, but as far as what plants to grow, I can't think of anything but common vegetables, most of which I have no experience with anyways. I've read a lot of things online, and bought a few books, but still, I feel so uneducated and inexperienced. While I know permaculture emphasizes the use of perennial plants, I Do not know how long I will stay in Texas, and as such don't want to put all my resources into something that's not permanent. Eventually I will be inheriting 19 acres of farmable land in Belize, and my end goal is to be self sufficient, and build a forest garden and keep animals, including bees, but that's not for another decade or so. I would appreciate a few tips on which plants to grow while in Texas I will be in Zone 8a, I saw a post about prickly pear cacti, which peaked my interest, Thank you in advance for the advice and I hope to be an asset to this community.
wayne fajkus wrote:Asparagus is as cheap as say, planting tomato transplants, but will give decades of produce. Its a gift you can leave behind. Its also pest free (at least in central tx)
BlackBerry is another that should grow well. Ive never had a pest issue.
Those two are the bulk of my non tree perennials. I added horseradish this year but unsure of its longevity as of now. Too soon to tell.
Oh, great idea, Bush plants would be a happy medium, you reminded me of Jerusalem artichoke as well. I think I'll go for thornless blackberries, as thorns don't seem like a good idea in close quarters. Asparagus sounds like fun! I think I also may be able to grow elderberry, at least I hope so. I do have some daikon radish seeds, I read those were good for breaking up compacted soil, and I really need to get my hands on some Comfrey. Thank you so much for the input!