Tracy Lee wrote:I am in Northwest Arkansas zone 6B/7A. On this Hillside I had my husband dig trenches with our backhoe, i filled them with old wood up to ground level then topped that with dirt from the hole and some topsoil that we had left from being scrapped off of a pond we had made and the seeded it with austrian peas, chicory, and a field radish. Then I put some mushroom compost on top of that. The next terrace down I did the same thing except as the last layer I put down pine mulch mix. then I planted 4 honey berries and apple tree and a pear tree in the upper terrace and 2nd terrace down I put in 6 blueberries.
Prior to planting these berries I dipped their roots into a mycorrizzal fungi mix. I did this planting the end of last sept. A couple days after planting I left the property for 6 months as I have a seasonal job elsewhere. Came back in April and all the plants are doing beautifully. 2 of the honey berries had several berries on them and 3 of the blueberries have some berries on them. Plants have quadrupled in size and I have not watered them once. We do Have hot summers here and I may have to water the berries if we get a dry spell. The ground cover I put in was growing when I left and it was growing well when I got back. I am thinking it reseeded itself over the winter. The top terrace is thick in radishes and chicory with very little of the peas coming up and the 2nd terrace is thick in peas with very little of the other stuff. the peas are over 3 ft tall and I keep pulling them back from the berry plants. Not sure if I should chop and drop them or let them go stop seed again.