James Everett

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since May 24, 2015
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Gaines County, Texas South of Seminole, Tx zone 7b/8a
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Welcome from West Texas.
1 week ago

Mike Barkley wrote:Somehow I lost track of this thread. The progress look great!!!



    Part of that is this year I kept being put on night shifts at the jail cause people keep quitting so it seemed more work was jailer and not enough day time to work as I was sleeping most of the summer.  Just hopefully this year will be more productive as I will have more funds available to get some stuff I have in mind worked on.  Only so much one can do alone.
1 week ago
Well since it hasn't rain in several weeks decided to fill my swales.  Will at it weeded an area for future basin and using the cuttings to cover the newer swale.

Ready for April to get here to be free of truck payments.  Then maybe things will really get going.
2 weeks ago
Love your work this year.  my work this year hasn't been as extensive as you have made on your land.  I think about all I have done this year on my own is collection of many brush piles through out my land that I had landscapers move in.  Finished working on my 150 foot swale finally. Other then that have been working more at the jail this year due to many people quitting and me and a few other having to fill in the empty shift work.  most of the stuff I planted this year the rabbits made quick meals of so needing to work on the 350 ft fence around the area I want my garden to keep them from eating it up next year but pounding out the post take a good while through the caliche.  Love what you have done.
1 month ago

Wayne Mackenzie wrote:I’m not qualified to give advice lol. I can only comment on my mistakes and what I’ve witnessed at work.

Soil depth is huge. Many people are on rock/gravel and don’t know it.



Tell me about it.  my soil depth on the majority of my land is caliche rock and been trying to figure out where to start with planting trees and if they will do well.  Though pretty much I plan on just adding more trees around the existing Mesquite trees through out my land and creating some dugout basins to help soak in more water and hopefully over time break down the caliche layers and be more adaptable.  Just holding back water on my caliche land has allow more grasses in my yard close to home to become much more prominent and helping to create soil much faster.
1 month ago
I think I need to do the same way until trees are big enough for rabbits they are numerous around here and keep eating things down to stubs
5 months ago

Tyler Ludens wrote:Somebody ate all the Bur Oak seedlings in spite of the brush fence, so I will put up a real fence and replant next year.  Germinating the acorns in damp sand in the fridge worked great.  Next time I will plant twice as many.



if anything like my place it was probably rabbits.  They tend to eat anything in their way.  I like how things are progressing your way.  
5 months ago
So have and new people in this area Started working in this area besides me.
5 months ago
Hello from Gaines County up on the Caprock / Permian Basin where thinks are a bit more rocky with a bit of sand on top if your lucky.  I have a mixed variety in sizes of mesquites that I have to work with to start and rang from 5-8 foot to one that I am not totaly sure but 25+ foot in height.  I will post some pictures of what my land up on the rock looks like and the front yard where it is now after 2 years of work and after a 3 in rainfall this year.  rain here is mainly washed away in our draws and washed down or evaporated along the way to the Colorado river to the Gulf of Mexico.  This is a sample of work I am doing all by Shovel, Pick Axe, Rock Bar.  As you I am limited on the money I can use until my Truck is paid off.  

This is a link to some of my Updates which I am lacking on updates since I seem to be working more then being on the internet to upload as much.  Over all just have to do the best you can with what you have and things usually fall in place.
https://permies.com/t/47297/Gaines-County-Texas-Greening-part#377366
5 months ago
I have it being filled by a leaky water hose for my dogs to drink out of all the time and with the 100+ days they enjoy laying in the water to stay cool.  but watching the fill and emptying of it I do see that the dogs them self have the area where if I want go ahead and dig it down a bit more then how deep it is now.   I may do so to expand it out some and then level down the dirt all around it so that I can dig in another swale to divert some of the driveway water to come flowing to fill up the area with each rain fall.  either case the area back around it has really been getting full of grasses rather then the ragweed and other thistle that was growing in the area before.
5 months ago