chris cromeens

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bermuda is a warm season perennial, so I use overwintering grains and clovers as cover this keeps the bermuda from coming up until late spring early summer by which time the spring garden is established if not establishing annual gardens I would under seed w/ fast growing summer grains and legumes.
1 year ago
some undergrowth species I grow under my red oaks here in N. Texas are redbuds, mexican plums, vibernems, beutyberry and elderberries. Elderberry doesn't need as much water as you think, the european variety at least has done good on the forest edge to full forest shade. use mulch pits near new plantings to increase water near these new plantings. I have tried to grow ginseng drylands here for going on 8 years w/ no luck, summer to dry, oak leaves to big. I also have everbearing strawberries under my oak forest and they are slowly expanding and even give a few intense flavored strawberries.
I am working on a 6th generation shade tolerant triticale, 3 generation spaghetti squash grown in shade. These are land race varieties I am working on. Chicory grows well in the woods. All these I grow in our oak overstory, dryland and have some success and failure. Good luck on your venture
2 years ago
this has bean a green bean year for us. The beans cukes,maters are finally coming. last of the cabbage was harvested today. squash corn amaranth all finally gowing good. Last week was the first time we watered and it rained an inch yesterday.lol
2 years ago
Shade is the only thing I have found, noway can you dig all rhizomes, they go 7 feet down. Plant living mulch on any soil you expose, sweet potato has worked for me. Plant densely to create a rootmass that keeps the bermuda at bay. If you put all the layers of food forest in at one time it can out compete the bermuda. I didn't, just put in a skeleton of a food forest in and am now over grown w/bermuda. Attacking it this winter w/ daikon radish and clover/vetch. Here the radish overwinter, the clover/vetch come on before the bermuda and supress it's growth. In the spring underseed w/ pigeon pea and cowpea. Sunflowers can outcompete and planted 15" apart shade out. Gotta attack from all angle and all season
5 years ago
If you put a metal roof on (insulated well), you could extend the south eave more than the 2 inches (the exact formula for how much is in Brad Lancasters water harvesting books, I think), to shade the south windows and walls from sun in summer and let it shine in winter
5 years ago
didn't think of that. I am sure it started becoming apparent as it grew. (loosing it's rosette shape). Good wildflower, my rabbits love them.
5 years ago
texas croton
just in case I am wrong, but pretty sure it is a croton, I have it in places I overgraze, it let's me know of my mistake
5 years ago
That my friend is Texas Croton, native to our upland areas. Nothing eats it(rabbits eat it in the worst of times), grows on disturbed soils. There is also a variety around that gets 3ft or so.
What part of Texoma are you in? We are just west of Hagerman Wildlife Refuge.
5 years ago
Not coneflowers, looks like mullein which is a pioneer (and medicinal) also known as cowboy toilet paper. If the leaves are soft and velvety it is a pretty positive identifier. They get big and are great for remediation and a powerful antihistamine.
5 years ago