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Some of my goals for 2019:

1. More brush-damming https://permies.com/t/51421/Creek-repair-brush-dams

2. More rock-damming https://permies.com/t/53556/Creek-repair-rock-dams

3. Another Pollinator Habitat  https://permies.com/t/94376/permaculture-projects/Pollinator-Habitat-Project

4. Finish fencing the cemetery  https://permies.com/t/87862/ungarbage/Green-Family-Cemetery

5. Clean and replant frog pond

6. Plant native tree seeds

7. Extend house area perimeter fence

8. Grow as much food as I can in kitchen garden

9. Redesign front yard

10. Learn to graft
 
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Planted a few hundred tree seeds in the old ranch road and covered them with a protective layer of brush.  I've had some success simply tossing seeds into brush piles but I think they will have a better chance if I actually plant them in the soil.

Littleleaf Linden
Rusty Blackhaw
Mexican Buckeye
Osage Orange
Wafer Ash
American Persimmon

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Jan 2019 tree seed planting
 
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Grafted some Asian Persimmon which Wayne sent me onto Texas Persimmon.
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I'm way behind on updates.  I hope I can get more up next weekend, but here's one of last week's projects, grafting an apple in the kitchen garden.  This is an Enterprise apple that wasn't doing much except surviving (it was the only survivor of four) so I decided to use it to practice grafting.  I top grafted it with itself, then added Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Goldrush and Akane side veneer grafts.  If even a couple of these grafts make it I will be thrilled.
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I never succeeded at grafting, but haven't tried it much either. I hope you succeed.

I found texas persimmons at a local nursery so i picked up a couple. They are very different than the fuji and other persimmons. Leaf is different. Fuji seems single trunk, texas seems like multi trunked bush.

Your pics are similar to my project.  Im planting on a steep slope that borders the perimeter fence. A new sheep paddock will make this area a tree belt. Fenced off from sheep and cows. I was stoked to see several wild blackberry(dewberry) on the slope.  I planted texas persimmons and scattered branches around it for deer protection like you did. I then mulched the area wirh woodchips.

I found a native nursery in leander and am working a list of other trees i can plant on the rocky slope. Im hoping soapberry(i planted some of yours and hope they sprout)and mexican plum may work.
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Wildflowers in the double fence perimeter.

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Iris and Bluebonnets in the kitchen garden
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Kitchen garden
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Low Water Garden.  Pits filled with organic material and topped with clay soil sifted 50-50 with leaf mould.  Planted Mountain Pima Cristalino de Chihuahua and Lofthouse Harmony Grain corn this past week. Each pit received 5 gallons of rain water.
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Lemon is covered in blossoms!
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View of kitchen garden over the little frog pond:
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All my persimmons leafed out. Any luck on the grafts?
 
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No sign of life in the grafts but I think some of the extra sticks may be growing in a pot (I forgot to label them so they may be something else).  It may have just not been the right time of year to graft them, who knows.  
 
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My trees will be bigger this year so let me know if you want to try again.

I now have texas persimmons and the other usa native one ( western?)  Along with the 2 Japanese ones.

The japanese leaves are so different than the texas one. I would pribably agree that they are too different to graft.


 
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Taro in a half barrel:

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Finally got my Bluegill for the aquaponics setup.  They seem to be doing fine, eating Red Wigglers with enthusiasm! Here's a screengrab from some under water footage that my husband took of them this morning:

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