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Sam Fel
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Sam Fel
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Goji berries with lady bugs
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Sam Fel
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First moringa sprouts!!
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Sam Fel
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My cat has been helping deter the rabbits this year to bad her sister got eaten by coyotes😭 she was a better hunter too!
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Joy Banks
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Location: Southeast Arizona, USDA zone 8b, 4200 ft elevation, 12-16 in. rain annually
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Hi Sam,

Wow! You're diving in with both feet! Looks like Barstow Desert Discovery Center is having an Earth Day event with plants for sale. Local garden clubs, etc. are the best way to find people /plants already acclimated, plus outlets for your future bamboo sales, etc.

https://www.facebook.com/237456329620506/photos/pcb.1542005615832231/1541986402500819/?type=3&theater
 
Tayvie Paige
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Sam Fel wrote:Hello all!, I've recently began renting 30 acres in barstow. Looks like it was farmed for alfalfa grass in the past and all soil has been degraded.. What's mostly left is large patches of almost all clay ( which I may use to make a pond) and some sand dunes scattered across the property. Winds get up to 70mph constant with up to 80mph gusts as of last year!! Wow who left the jet engine on!! Winter record low is 10 degrees and summer is 100+ degrees for 3 months.

Here goes, I have established a well which I power on a generator for now.. I have been planting things the last 3 months and this is what I have so far..

Brown Turkish figs, pear tree, goji berries, grapes, blueberries, blackberries, Chinese wisteria vine, weeping willow, sycamore tree,
To establish a windblock, add organic matter, help fix the soil and also as a food and building material I'm planting various types of the phyllostachys bamboo so far I have,
Black bamboo phyllostachys nigra  & Japanese arrow bamboo(which is doing the best so far)
Japanese timber , Incense , golden , yellow shoot, green shoot, golden goddess, Alphonse karr and vivax
All the bamboo are doing well except the golden bamboo it seems to not like the intense sun.

I'm working on getting cats claw,mesquite, white thrones acacia or florida blue palo verde trees or seeds. I'm looking for legume trees to plant to start enriching my soil for my future fruit trees and more bamboo cultivars I plan on planting. I want to turn this patch of desert into a lush food forest and encourage my neighbors to do the same. I'm hoping this bamboo will keep me cooler, block sand storms and clean my soil of toxins as well! 😍



Looking for some help from a few travelers? Beginner permie couple here... Looking to chip in where ever needed.
 
Guadagno Attilio-Cesare
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Thank you for all you are DOing on our Southern California high desert, brother Sam!  I AM a Southern California native who has just recently began looking for Land to Permaculture develop on the Antelope Valley area of Los Angeles County.

Are you open to having visitors and/or volunteers come and stay on your site and assist temporarily?  If so, I would be open to sharing briefly in your experiences there on Barstow.
 
Guadagno Attilio-Cesare
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Well,  I just received word that the Vacant Land Purchase Agreement has been accepted and signed into escrow today for 2 acres on the Los Angeles/San Bernardino counties line, Lancaster [Butte Valley] as a new southern California high desert Permaculture Demonstration Learning Homestead.  I look forward to playing together with the rest of us in this area of the California Republic and all of us in cyberspace.
 
Guadagno Attilio-Cesare
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Guadagno Attilio-Cesare wrote:...2 acres on the Los Angeles/San Bernardino counties line, Lancaster [Butte Valley] as a new southern California high desert Permaculture Demonstration Learning Homestead.  I look forward to playing together with the rest of us in this area of the California Republic and all of us in cyberspace.


https://m.facebook.com/attiliocesareguadagno/posts/pcb.10213241591252872/?photo_id=10213241588412801&mds=%2Fphotos%2Fviewer%2F%3Fphotoset_token%3Dpcb.10213241591252872%26photo%3D10213241588412801%26profileid%3D1189224828%26source%3D49%26refid%3D17%26_ft_%3Dtop_level_post_id.10213241591252872%253Atl_objid.10213241591252872%253Athrowback_story_fbid.10213241591252872%253Athid.1189224828%253A306061129499414%253A2%253A0%253A1498892399%253A-8056894291355089218%26cached_data%3Dfalse%26ftid%3Du_0_2n&mdf=1
 
Helen Unangst
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I live in Arizona and am trying to grow food in the desert as well.  Your project in Barstow is fascinating!  I am familiar with that area an it is indeed challenging.
I look forward to your progress!
 
kevin stewart
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Hi Helen,
Are you north or south Arizona?

I'm in NE Arizona. Once I controlled the critters with chicken wire I had better growth.

I have a pit greenhouse with a shade cloth roof. On my next trip I'm going to look at building an above ground hoop greenhouse where the hoop legs are fastened to the hydroponic trays. ( big winds).

Sam

How are the seedlings growing?
I plant 100 mesquite and I'm lucky to get 12 growing.
Out of 60 palu Verde I have 2.  
Maybe the seeds I've been ignoring in the desert fare better.

John snow

What about that handful of mesquite seeds you showed us last fall?

 
Al Rojales
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I got cork oak acorns from a target parking lot in Moreno valley. I come across live oak acorns in Riverside county and collect bags of them. I have grown hundreds of seedlings and give them away. In a month I will have hundreds of moringa seeds you can have.
 
Jane Reed
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Some permies in the UK had a place located very near the sea and had much trouble starting trees, shrubs, and annuals due to constant wind.  They solved the problem by surrounding their seedlings with straw bales, stacked one or two bales high.  This protected the plants till they were well rooted and stems were sturdy.  The bales were used again and again.  When they fell apart they became mulch.
 
Wayne Mackenzie
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Location: Sunizona Az., USA @ 4,400' Zone 8a
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kevin stewart wrote:Hi Helen,
Are you north or south Arizona?

I'm in NE Arizona. Once I controlled the critters with chicken wire I had better growth.

I have a pit greenhouse with a shade cloth roof. On my next trip I'm going to look at building an above ground hoop greenhouse where the hoop legs are fastened to the hydroponic trays. ( big winds).

Sam

How are the seedlings growing?
I plant 100 mesquite and I'm lucky to get 12 growing.
Out of 60 palu Verde I have 2.  
Maybe the seeds I've been ignoring in the desert fare better.

John snow

What about that handful of mesquite seeds you showed us last fall?


If you have the afternoon wind like I do, don't play around and go straight to tree tubes for your saplings.
 
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