Hey everyone I am new here and love the site, so much information, and so many great ideas. The idea of a permaculture homestead has me dreaming all day. I would like some input on this property I have, it is a 17 acre property in zone 4-5, Nova Scotia, Canada.
On my property I have had frosts as late as june 24 it killed my grape vines back to the ground two years ago they returned thankfully. However its not like there are frosts every night, just they can happen very late into the spring. I think the last frost before that was around mid may. most years the last frost occurs the first week of june. Fall frosts usually start around the last week of august but sometimes don't appear until late September. coldest temp in last 10 years was -34.4C or -29.9f however most winters usually see 5-6 nights around -31C Average annual rainfall is 120 cm or 47 inches we average 3.5 inches per month during the growing season, may to august. Temps usually average around 70f in july and august and are our two hottest months, rarely does it go over 87f, however humidity levels are quite high.
Im going to post a picture of my property and would love suggestions on making the most of it. How can I deter late frosts to specific areas around my gardens, grape vines and fruit orchard?
picture explenation. future locations house red rectangle, future ponds blue circles, future orchard green circle, grapes yellow circle, and animals barn in pink rectangle, faint purple rectangle will be veg. garden.
The larger blue circle in the forested area is low lying and always swampy I dug a few shovel fulls of dirt out last august and the hole filled up in 15 min so I belive a pond will be no problem here. two frogs lived in it until the freeze. The location where the house will be is an apex on the big field the land slopes away to the edges in 3 of the 4 directions about 15 feet but rises to the west and the back field is higher than the first but slopes from west to east right down to the swampy area. The property is about 700 feet wide by 1100 according to google earth.
I also plan to have two adult cows maybe 2-4 pigs and hopefully 100 meat birds and hens, also bees when everything else is rolling.
Here are some pics of my current farming and gardening exp I have gained from my fathers farm who also happened to give me the land... albumn of photos is in the link. I currently own my own condo in a small town about 8 miles away where I also work less than 1 mile from my condo. http://s1158.photobucket.com/user/crwilson12/library/
I also have a 40 acre woodlot about 15 miles away but believe I will mostly just let the wildlife enjoy it and have some timber harvested from it, its most conifer, what should I do with it, it is the third pic in the albumn