Anne Miller

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We manage a 40 acre wildlife area of the Texas Hill Country in the Edwards Plateau at about 3030 ft above sea level. The region is notable for its karst topography and tall rugged hills of limestone. The terrain throughout the region is punctuated by a thin layer of topsoil and a large number of exposed rocks and boulders, making the region very dry and prone to flash flooding. Native vegetation in the region includes various yucca, prickly pear cactus, native grasses and wildflowers. The predominant trees in the region are Ashe Juniper, Shin Oak and Texas Live Oak. Soil is alkaline consisting of caliche and clay.
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I have always heard if you "hill" the potatoes you get more.

Someone on the forum plants potatoes in cardboard boxes because it makes it so easy to harvest.  when ready to harvest the potatoes, just pick up the box and the potatoes fall out.
22 minutes ago
Another suggestion to add to the other comments if you can get wood chips, they are wonderful for helping the soil.

Grass in the summer makes the green part of a compost pile and leaves in the winter make the brown part of the compost pile.

A compost pile needs a mix of both green and brown if possible.
1 hour ago
How would they know it was high in phosphates without testing the compost?

Did you make the compost with manure? If so it might be high in phosphates.

Since you added bonemeal per their recommendation it will release phosphates and is also useful for balancing out other high-nitrogen, organic soil amendments.
5 hours ago

Lorads said, "Asking for help on some kind of general idea/blueprint where should i put zones and what to grow in them (this year thinking of planting some fruit trees(apple,pear,etc.) and berry bushes(blackcurrant, groundcherry,etc.) and perennials , should i use raised beds , hugelkultur , swales or so in my place and were to put them exactly

The information that Michelle has given you about Zones is correct.

To me, Zone 1 is the area right outside your home where you spend most of your time outside.  You might have a kitchen garden there.

Zone 2 is the area in your yard that you visit on a daily basis.  This is where most of your gardens might be

Zone 3 is the area that you or your family visit only a few days a week. This is the area for your orchands.

Zone 4 as that is where you might have pastures.

Zone 5 Truly wild areas

Permaculture Zones

Lordas said, " I'm still kinda cant understand what exactly swales are used for , how to create that symbiosis between plants .

To me, swales are used to collect water.

We make mini-swales around fruit trees to help provide more water to the trees.  these mini-swales are just rings of dirt around the trees.
7 hours ago
It would be really interesting to see pictures of these.

Sounds like something a museum might be interested in.
9 hours ago
What do you bury when it is alive and dig up when it is dead?
11 hours ago

Faeryn Savage wrote:I'm trying to rally the troops together to bring back the messenger pigeon, but nobody seems to be on board yet.

If that fails I'm going to soup can on a string.

I could easily see how this might be a lot cheaper.

I use an AT&T prepaid, which seems great for my phone usage.
11 hours ago
Many of my meals have been fruit only.

Here is an article about the Fruitarian Diet:

Vegetables, dried fruits, nuts, and seeds can also be eaten in moderation.
12 hours ago