It is amazing how, once you get going, you forget to actually take notes. So, update on that acre:
Last spring, I built an even bigger fence. 12 foot bamboo on three sides, wired together, 6 foot bamboo and black netting on the 4th side. We lost everything to the deer. Planted about 10 pounds of potatoes, which got mowed down just before flowering. We got a tiny bowl of spuds. We did get some tomatoes, some greens in the spring. There is a lot of mile-a-minute weed, and I harvested a bunch of the young leaves, which made a great sag paneer when mixed into other greens. We got a couple of raspberries from the plants along the fenceline. and plenty of mint. Overall though, not much of a harvest.
The beehive I bought did not make it through the winter. The post mortem is here: https://www.vermiculturepermaculture.com/blog/2019/1/27/bee-post-mortem
Overall, fair number of failures - but the truth is that we didn't put a whole lot of time into it....because, after dealing with some health issues, we were buying a place of our own! It is now FIVE acres in Maryland. We have been working on the house and planning the garden this winter, and are getting started on things already - the local ChipDrop folks have left us several huge piles of woodchips, and some longer logs that we are using to build raised beds. We went ahead and ordered a couple yards of topsoil and compost - normally I'd improve the soil slowly, but the best place for a garden is a former gravel lot, so its got gravel packed with soil that is pretty much impossible to dig up. So, we are going to cheat and get an initial infusion of top soil.
Closer to the road, there is an area with actual soil, that is very wet. We will be renting an excavator and making a pond and swales, then planting cover crops this year and an orchard next year. We will plant some bush cherries, sand plums, etc. this year, but will wait on the more expensive trees until we have the space prepped better.
If you live anywhere near Annapolis, send me a message! I'd love to meet Permies folks around here, and if you want to see how we are doing things, we can always use a bit of help!