S Bengi wrote:Ok I have a few questions for you
How big is the total property:
The whole lot is 90'x330' or 0.68 of an acre that runs North and South
How big is the pasture area
The pasture is 90'x200'
Is the barn area different from the pasture area and if so how big is it.
The barn is in the pasture.
Is the greenhouse different from the pasture area and if so how big is it.
The greenhouse is in the pasture.
Is your living/house area different from the pasture area and if so how big is it.
No it is in the front of the lot 90'x130' so there is a 'front and back lawn area for the dogs and kids.
You can catch the water from your house roof+barn roof+greenhouse roof and use it for your pasture.
I did not want to catch the water because of having comp roofing but after I reroof it I will use steel and at the time setup a catchment.
This could easily measure 1/10 of an acre so you could double your rainfall if you send that water to an equal amount of pasture.
How much gray water do you produce, you already flush your shit with water are you sure your septic tank needs more water, if so why.
About 40-60 gallons a day
Could you add a biological agent so that your septic tank needs less water.
I could but the cost to pump out the tank and could cause the cost to up big time if a R&R of the system is needed early.
It would be nice to use all your greywater to water your trees.
Yes that is my plan if/when I set it up, now with that I will need to check the ph to see if I need to change anyting
Dont use your grey water on pasture only on living fence/trees. You can use your roof water anywhere you want (vegetables/fish/pasture/cow drinking water/trees)
The gray water was going to be used for the 3 tree's and lawn around the house.
I would only have 10ft or less living fence and 1 big 30ft+ tree in each paddock under which you could but your water bucket in the 100F sun, for a total of two 30ft trees.
Ok I already have a 30' tall elm at the very back NE corner
For those two trees I would go with the Illinois Everybearing, or any everybearing. I would not go for the elm.
I will look into this and maybe remove the elm.
In the living fence you can plant 9ft dwarf hazelnut, protein content is 38%. And in the back living fence you can plant regular 12ft hazelnut trees.
I like nut tree's but one of my kids has nut allergies so I was trying to stay away from them.
I would use all the vertical surface that you have to grow grapes. The chicken+cow will eat grapes and the cow will eat the leaves.
So grapes along the fence line instead of blackberries ?
I am not too sure if kuzu is illegal/ban in your state.
Its best to give the pasture grass a full year to grow really deep roots before stressing with grazing.
However one just have to work with what you have
So would it be better to leave the chickens on the grass and contain the cow to a small area and sprout feed till the first year for the grass to grow ?
What do you plan on having in your greenhouse vegetables or dwarf mango trees, lol.
I would do aquaponics if it is vegetables. It will regulate the temp in the summer and the winter so longer growing season at no heating cost.
It will also provide fish for you to eat and nitrogen for your vegetables. You can keep the "fish/water" under your vegetable table Here is a guy in Phoenix, Arizona doing it.
It is a Aquaponics system with a 3800 gal tank full of Tilapia and 340 sq ft of grow bed space for Tomato, bell peppers, carrots, broccoli, bunching onions, lettuce, parsley, oregano, basil and strawberries
If your greenhouse is just for "mango/tropical trees" water drums/etc will still regulate the summer and winter.
Also if you are using city water and not well its best to let the chlorine evaporate 1st by letting the water sit in "buckets" before you water with it.
Its well water
You can also grow trees cover them with vines and then manually feed the cow the vines. and the chicken could eat the fruits of the tree and the vine.
There might even be grass growing under the treen grow under the tree and I am sure their will be more high protein bugs for the chicken.
Plus with your 100% more desert sunlight compared to east coast means that you are full sun even under the tree. So your grass will grow as long as you can provide it sun light.
Think vine root in a bucket of water/soil leaves growing under the tree on the ground.
Here is a good paddock seed mix:
pea (pisum arvitiuse)
Now do you mean to mix all of those types of seeds or just pick a few ?
Thanks so much for your help.