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Stephen Bass

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Sorry for the long post

My wife and I are renting a house, which we can't do any kind of gardening or landscaping on. Fortunately her grandma lives across the street literally. With that being said I have about 1-2 acres I can use to garden. As this won't be a permanent place I'm trying to be realistic with what I can and should actually do on the property.

We are in North Carolina in Zone 7. I'm working on getting some readings from around the area I'm going to use. Such as temperature variations, amount of sunlight, moisture and planning on sending the soil to be analyzed. It is a pretty thick clay.

I'll get the pictures posted tomorrow, but there is a wood line at the bottom left of the property. And a small patch of forest in the front middle seperating a empty sloped field from the another smaller patch of clearing then the road.

I've come up with some veggies and fruits I would like to grow, I'd also like to do grains, like flax seed and buckwheat and open to some others. I don't really know of many fruits that I could get goIng and actually harvest this year.

Now where I really need help is planning stuff out. How to determine locations which plants should I go with.

I'd like to do broccoli, bell peppers, different greens maybe some beans and tomatoes.
I'd also like to do herbs for cooking and medicinal use. I've done a little research into guilds but since I can't really do the full out permaculture thing am I better off just doing rows?

Should I turn the soil and amend it, or do raised beds or something else.

What else can I do to get ready for planting after the last frost? I was planning on starting some things in doors just trying to figure out where to go from here.

I've had a hard time finding information about doing just a veggie garden using permaculture principles without going full out into
trees, animals and buildings.

If you know of any good resources to read I'm down! There is so much information out there it can be over whelming.
Can't really do anything with the land yet. I'm still in the planning stages. I was listening to the pod casts Wheaton does. He talks about people having some basic knowledge before they show up to a pdc. So I'm really trying to figure out good sources that are organized that I can learn the basics to be able to start planning. Books, videos, programs etc
4 years ago
My wife and I just bought 2 acres of land in between Winston Salem and Virginia. We are having the house built next year. I just started looking into permaculture and forest gardening but I don't know where to start. I apologize I'm sure this has been asked before but I couldn't get the search feature to work on my phone.

There is so much information out there where do I begin?

I am really interested in forest gardening as well as having animals like ducks chickens and goats. As well as in the future some sort of pond.

I would like to get to the point of not needing to buy any produce for a family of three and maybe have some extra.

Thanks so much, nice to meet you all. My name is Stephen by the way.
4 years ago