James Everett

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since May 24, 2015
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Gaines County, Texas South of Seminole, Tx zone 7b
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I have 30 acres of tote berry and mesquites so another thorn plant might as well with all the cacti.  Diversity one my land is a lot of pricks for the vegetation.  I just wonder how well it will grown on a caliche rock with little water on my part.
5 months ago
that's ok out my way bobcats, coyotes, hawks, owls, wild hogs can do some damage and the occasional mountain lion up here in western Texas.
5 months ago
Depending on how far south you want to go and what your looking for.  I am looking for someone to help work on my 30 acres that I acquired and having a challenge of making it a better place here the West Texas area.  Even if you do end up down this way to be a neighbor to help build a network of people around here making a better ecosystem.
6 months ago
I like what some of this guy has done in grey water system where it is run through many filtrations and eventually back to a swimming pool then pumped into house for drinking again.  Many areas do need to change on how they water for sure my area out here in West Texas is one that needs to change too.  It's getting bad enough year after year with the fires,  but need to hold back more here to keep it green and not get into this situation of constant brown brushy land.

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6 months ago
I am like you in the limited funds category.  I have 30 acres to deal with and a lot dried region up here in gaines county.  I have just worked little by little with pick axe and shovel over the past few years starting close to the house and working out to have the land collect more water from storms and this has been helping the rocky land hold more water here.  Right now with out having had much rain since last November the only part of my land it the acreage down in the draw and the land up top around my house were I have dug the small swale trenches around my house.  Just focus on doing something small here and there and eventually you start seeing things change.  These two pictures are just feet apart but you can tell how just having a small swale to hold water during rain.  Working alone is ruff but doable just have to keep at it.  Me I have a real challenge due to most since my soil is inches deep and caliche for many feet down solid.  This isn't stopping me as I finding out as caliche is wet for awhile it started to fall apart and easier to work with.  Just takes forever to start breaking it down as it is basically a giant sidewalk your breaking up. 

Do like I did for material I see landscapers working in a yard and I am having them put trees they cut down or prune on a northern part of my land I am not working to allow for them to decay some and decompose a bit before I move it down to the areas I am working on to allow for any chemicals that may be used to break down.  I am doing this until my own land provides the needed materials and know what is being recycled as well.  In all it just takes time.
6 months ago
looking good.  I just wish we had more rain up this way.  I need to set up so much irrigation to keep things as it is right now.
6 months ago

Jeff Campbell wrote:You have to have gutters to catch the morning dew. I have friends around Pecos and Sierra Blanco, that’s how they get their drinking water. Start planting what you can in the shade of the house. You have to set up a grey water system to water what else you can. Goats do well there and you could start using them to build soil and at the same time they could make all your erosion issues much worse. Tough place to homestead. My dads great uncle moved from East Texas out to Andrews in the 50’s, he got out of the car and the wind blew his hat off. He chased it about a quarter mile, came back to everyone laughing, told his wife to get back in the car and they drove back to Dallas.



i know how you great uncle felt.  I live up here in Seminole north of Andrews and that is one of our worst aspects is the wind and heat around here.  I need many windbreaks to keep stuff from being blown apart.
6 months ago
I have 30 acres and stable job up here in Gaines county that I am trying to challenge myself with a riparian approach to the land up here.  Land is dry and rocky and I am working on it slowly to get it to be more lush and maybe one day hold water or make a spring again.  Also some one over this part of texas needs to help recharge the aquifers and keep the waters to flow into the Colorado river that many of you down by Austin use.  Although just up the draw from me there is this 320 acre plot I wish i could come up with money to buy or offer to buy from the owners since I don't see much activity on and they live an hour away.
6 months ago
yeah the dogs even enjoy it when its full of water.  they us it more for cooling off then the doggie pool.  Though right now I am creating more Vernal pools to soak in water due to water table being 80-120 foot down in the area.  over time I want to have one of my bigger ponds lined with something to have a longer pool with 30 acres hopefully I can pull something off good for this dry area.
6 months ago
Last may I started digging me a small basin/pond to catch water and don't have it lined and mainly caliche but with rains it stays full a day or to and depending on how much rain it dries up fast but this is the different in pictures.  had an abnormal amount of rain for area as this results happened.  I was surprised in the short amount of time the vegetation growth just from the water that was allowed to soak in.  I am still thinking of digging a little bigger and putting in rain catchment to route more water into this to fill full each rain.
6 months ago