Kaye Harris wrote:So, I have 40 acres of steep hills with seasonal draws. If you make an "O" with your forefinger and thumb, making a spyglass-type fist, that's what my land looks like, from knuckles to middle joints. It drains and slopes to the south.
Good views. We want to build a house on the "middle knuckle" of the place because it has a view of the valley. The "road" up to it is so steep it requires a 4wd automatic (stick has to ride the clutch down) with GOOD clearance. [We do not yet have said vehicle.]
It is on BEDROCK, and is made mostly of clay and stones. Digging is really not an option unless you have a dozer, and even then it depends on where you're at on the property...kind of like a terrible easter egg hunt for bedrock.
To give you an idea, electric netting isn't a good option here because you have to "plant" it into the soil when you move it. Have fun discovering all those rocks. Maybe in 6 hours you'll find a spot that'll work.
It was logged before we got it, so the wild stuff has taken over and we have felled logs & branches EVERYWHERE.
As for plant life on the property....
FRUIT: wild black raspberries, blackberries, and some grape.
GREENS: Mullein, thistle, sorrel, some plantains, many useless "weeds"
TREES: oak, hickory, redbud, dogwood, maple in draws, sassafrass.
MUSHROOMS: turkey tail, brown witch's butter, false turkey tail, and more.
UNDESIRABLES: broomsedge, pokeweed, many yet-unidentified weeds with and without thorns/spines.
PLANTED: Clover and winter rye is doing OK where I planted it for cover in disturbed soil (dozer cleared spot for tiny house).
If this was YOUR land and you also had a limited budget, what would you dream of doing with it?
I see potential in the fact that the fruit and nut trees are already here. I also definitely see a dire need for goats. Rotating them will be a challenge with the soil and felled trees everywhere.
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