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Hi Y'all,

I just was given (gratis) two acres (out of 15) in the middle of suburban Dallas, TX.  After reading Hemenway, Kourik, Fukuoka, Gershuny, Solomon, and devouring material on the ole' interweb, I am somewhat ready to move from my ruth stout sheet mulch raised bed in the back yard to a more serious adventure!

N.B. -- there are 5 cows, 2 horses, and 1 donkey on the land.

At the risk of being too impetuous, I thought I would have to just fence the two acres since I don't feel like I have time to grow a wall of helianthus around it.

My real question is how to prepare the land to begin cultivating vegetables and grains?  I know this may not be the strict permaculture perennial system of fruits and nuts (pecans do well in my area though), though I only have the land for a couple of years (at this point). I am kind of a budding no-till enthusiast with no heavy equipment, but I don't see a way out of a light till at this point (rent a tractor perhaps).  There are a wide variety of green manures I can use, though getting them established, much less their more tender vegetable cousins, is looking like a real challenge right now.

Any and all feedback would be much appreciated!


We've gotta get close enough to that helmet to pull the choke on it's engine and flood his mind! Or, we could just read this tiny ad:
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