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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Recent posts by Anne Miller

I always suggest finding an out-of-the-way corner somewhere.

Here is a similar thread that you or others might find of interest:
6 hours ago
Me, with a bad habit, never ...

I vote to start a new habit.
7 hours ago
I agee with other votes for animal feed as it is expensive.

Feed the animal and get free stuff to compost.
7 hours ago
I would rather have Maple syrup any day over honey.

Honey is good but Maple syrup is so tasty.
9 hours ago
Hey, Chris sounds like you have a lot going on.

Are you only looking for folks who garden or work with animals?

No building or carpentry?

I love the Blue Ridge Mountains!

I would love to tell my friends since this is no rent though I am sure they would say `What kind of accommodations do you have?`
10 hours ago
None of the above. From my profile:

Soil is alkaline consisting of caliche and clay.

My dirt, I don't have soil, is caliche which is ground up limestone.  It is definitely not clay or clay loam as in the below link.

I ask Mr. Google because he is so smart:

Most of the Edwards Plateau contains mottled yellowish clay to clay loam surface soil which quickly turns into rocky clay or solid limestone rock layers beneath the surface. Erosion has left most of the region with very shallow soils of less than 10 inches.

More like this:

defined by its bedrock: very thick, mostly flat layers of rock composed primarily of hard early Cretaceous limestone
11 hours ago
I would rather have my homestead in the hills because I love the views.
12 hours ago
when we lived in town years ago I remember our shrubs were far enough away from the house that I could walk behind them, between the shrubs and the house.

My guess would be about 24 inches or more.
12 hours ago
The way to tell if a plant is early/mid/or late is to look at how many days to maturity.

According to the links below that potato is a late potato:

 Days To Maturity: 80 - 100 Days

Early-season potato varieties are planted first in spring and are ready to harvest in 60-80 days. Mid-season varieties mature in 80-100 days. Late-season potato varieties are ready to harvest in 100-130 days
13 hours ago
Sometimes areas have local foraging clubs.  

I remember hearing about classes where folks can go on foraging trips to learn about what plants can be foraged.

Here are some links I found that might be of interest:

This is specific to Texas though will give folks an idea of what I am talking about:
13 hours ago