Peter Ellis wrote:A couple of thoughts: If I understand correctly, above the pond is the northerly, elevated and most stony part of your property? It is also the area where you have the densest current population of trees.
You are contemplating clearing this area that already has established trees, in order to plant trees? It would seem to me that it might not be the most efficient approach to remove established trees in order to start morre trees, especially where those trees are growing in challenging ground.
I would definitely inventory the existing trees and determine what useful varieties you already have in place - and remember that useful encompasses much more than producing food for humans
Peter Ellis wrote:I would plan out at least one swale on contour below the pond, to assure an even distribution of the overflow from the pond and the runoff down the slope in general.
Peter Ellis wrote:My initial thoughts also include planning for food forest running more or less down the hill below the house and between the pond and the property line. I am thinking in terms of using the area below the pond and toward the roads as the "broadacre" garden, so to speak, an area for perennial vegetables, berries, annual veggies, flowers, herbs - an area not focused around "forest" design.
John Wolfram wrote:
Getting your soil tested is dirt cheap (hehe) so I'd suggest collecting samples from a few locations the next time you are out at your property. At the UMass soil testing lab, they only charge $15 per sample for a routine soil analysis and they will email you your results within about 2 weeks.
Miles Flansburg wrote:
Try not to cut down to many trees untill you have them identified. Many trees are good nurse trees or add nitrogen etc.
The thing to do now is take time to observe and document what you already have. Develop a plan.
It looks like your road to the house is already functioning as a sort of swale. Might be able to use that latter for tree planting. It also looks like the main road has water catchment or a ditch that could be used.
How deep is the pond? That is a really nice asset!
Do you have any pictures from ground level that you could share?