So far I have been able to naturalize asparagus near a creek: they have been there for 5 years so I expect that they are well established!
And, the American Plums that I planted near the creek this spring are growing very well: I expect to lose a few plum trees when it gets hot and dry in the late summer but right now every tree is healthy. I was not certain how close to the creek to plant them so that they got enough water in the summer and so I scattered them around a bit. I got them for very little money from the Kansas Forestry department.
I have also been able to naturalize daffodills near the asparagus.
I have tried other plants in that area but they failed: probably because the soil is rather sandy and so it does not hold rainwater very well. I think I need to try more deep rooted plants like the asparagus and the sand plums, or plants that go dormant after spring like the daffodils do.
Things yet to do include researching more edibles that accept sandy, dry conditions. Also, if I can find more perrenials (but edible ones) that go dormant in the late summer the way daffodils do it would be a big plus!
I love planting stuff to see if it succeeds. Some things just take off here. Rhubarb, redcurrants, blackcurrants, raspberries etc. are fabulous every year for very little effort. Spuds are good too.. & toms in the polytunnel
However I can't grow brassicas, or sweetcorn for love nor money.... they just die every year. So this was the last year of trying!
This year I've planted: raspberries, blueberries, red and black currants, lettuce, a cherry tree, clover, carrots, cabbage, asparagus, pumpkin, watermelon, cucumbers, peas, chokeberries, 3 different kinds of peppers, and tomatoes. I also have lots of stinging nettle and strawberries growing from last year. I also built a herb spiral with thai basil, lavender, sage, oregano and lettuce.
I'm pretty excited for summer when everything is ready to harvest and be eaten!
Terri, I live in the sandhills of South Carolina - I think that says it all. We have been on this property for about 8 years now and have sucessfully changed the top 6-8 inches of soil from sand to black earth. I have composted in barrels, sheet composted, dug holes and buried raw trash to be composted, watered with compost tea and mulch with fresh green grass clippings at every mowing. I think it has worked out pretty well. I don't buy anything - this is all from our own lawn, trees and would-be trash. In most areas I have just layed down paper on top of the grass and started piling on the leaves, grass, compost, etc. and the worms show up and do the work. Here is a pic of the results so far:
Everything is dying of drought, so I am very much back to square one and have to redesign all planting areas as though I'm growing in the desert. Of course later in the year we could have catastrophic flooding.