Adam Poch wrote:Hello all,
Duluth, MN; Eau Claire, WI; La Crosse, WI; Rochester, MN; Muskegon, MI; Cadillac, MI; Petoskey/Mackinaw City, MI.
Mary Beth Alexander wrote:Adam, we've been held up by more than a year since the original 1921 house was totally lost in a fire last Nov - the renovations were 1/3 done and the solar system installed - he had just taken possession in July/17. Suddenly, my son had to plan and build a brand-new house and couldn't begin building at that time of year. We've both been studying soil remediation for some years and are planning on cover crops, charcoal, comfrey, etc. in small areas to start - but nothing really yet. The 105 acres were mostly used as pasture in the past, but not grazed for probably 15 years. Too lumpy to cut hay in the old days - the old farm had many more acres of hay ground which has been sold off. We are planning to remediate with rotational grazing of pigs/chickens to start. He's working on giant compost piles of manure, hay. wood chips, shredded cardboard, and worms to create something for me to start a smallish raised bed/grow-bag garden next Spring.
In this mid-May, we did plant a 27-tree orchard + honeyberries + 9 grapes + asparagus into the old "lawn" in front of the house. We used an excavator to dig large holes/trenches, removed the clay, and replaced it with a mix of purchased sandy topsoil, 2-yr-old manure, and wood-chips. We used mycorhizia on all the tree roots, planted 2 comfrey with each + horseradish, tansy, garlic chives - and threw in some night-crawlers!
I'm still living/working in Florida, so I haven't been able to assess the progress, but he tells me everything is doing well except for one apple tree and possibly some honey-berries which were planted in a VERY soggy spot. We did not have soil testing done, though I did get good results from careful DIY tests. Just gettin' started - glad to see some things growing well!
BTW - I mentioned Wrenshall, MN. It is quite near to us but DOESN'T have horrible clay. Best of luck to you and yours, Mary Beth.