I started a new thread for the project I'm doing at my dad's house https://permies.com/t/77312/permaculture-projects/Ludi-project but this thread is for updates on my projects at home. My primary focus at home this year will be on Wildlife Management (for which we get agricultural tax status on our land) and not on food growing. I will be following up on how the food is doing, however, just not planting anything new. Food plants doing well with no care include Canada Onion, Garlic Chive, Perennial Leek (aka Elephant Garlic), Pomegranate, Oregano, Dandelion, Red Russian Kale, Fennel, Chile Pequin, Salad Burnet.
Finally got all the parts moved and set up for my new aquaponics location. Still need more plants and fine tuning. I plan to get fish (Bluegill) in the Fall or whenever the fish delivery people have a delivery near here.
I had thought I wouldn't be having a kitchen garden at home for the foreseeable future, just the aquaponics, but my dad has been doing so well, apparently stabilizing at early moderate stage Alzheimer's, that I am preparing both a flower garden and a vegetable garden in the kitchen garden next to the house. I plan to only use a portion of the space, and plant the rest with seeds of support plants, including some trees for light shade. I need to keep my projects modest because of the possibility of having to run off at any moment to help my dad.
The area I have completed preparing is an entirely frivolous experiment - a rose garden. I have wanted a rose garden for years and decided damn it I am going to have one now I am "retired."
Mostly just labels right now, but here are the new Rose and Herb beds. Rose bed has four transplanted volunteerTomatoes. Herbs planted so far - Sage, Rosemary, Garlic Chives, Thyme, Oregano, Mexican Mint Marigold
Here's a large project I'm working on, what I call the "Hummingbird Garden" on a west-facing slope where some oak trees have died. I double-fenced it against deer and have planted many native and adapted seeds to provide flowers for Hummingbirds, other birds, and pollinators. A few food plants for humans in there, but not many. Some of these seeds were collected in South Texas and might not be hardy in the colder climate of the Edwards Plateau, but we'll see.
Pride of Barbados Caesalpinia pulcherrima
Mexican Buckeye Ungnadia speciosa
Rattlebush Sesbania drummondii
Coral Bean Erythrina herbacea
Palo Verde Parkinsonia aculeata
Blue Palo Verde Parkinsonia florida
Esperanza Tecoma stans
Desert Willow Chilopsis linearis
Leadplant Amorpha canescens
False Indigo Amorpha fruticosa
Trumpet Vine Campsis radicans
Red Yucca Hesperaloe parviflora
Anacacho Orchid Tree Bauhinia lunarioides
Devil's Claw Proboscidea parviflora
Turk's Cap Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii
White Mulberry Morus alba
Buffalo Gourd Cucurbita foetidissima
Texas Bluebonnet Lupinus texensis
"Hummers and Singers" mix from Native American Seed:
Purple Prairie Clover
Pink Evening Primrose
Mealy Blue Sage