K.C. King

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How about vetch? Vetch grows native where I live in Zone 7 Oklahoma, and I often leave it in beds where it establishes itself naturally in the Spring. Sometimes I even transplant it into my beds.

When I read about using vetch as a ground cover on websites, they always talk about growing it with grasses or grains like rye or oats, but I find that it makes an excellent ground cover just by itself. In fact, if grown without grasses to grow up, it stays close to the ground and just weaves itself around the base of the plants, thus meeting your "close to the ground" criteria. It also fixes nitrogen, which is an obvious plus.
1 year ago
Hey, Dan, where do you live in Seminole county? We might be neighbors. I live at the very tip top of Pontotoc county real close to the South Canadian river that divides our two counties. If you live in the south part of the Seminole county, we might be within minutes of each other. Do you live along Highway 99/377? That Highway splits our land in two, with about 60 acres of nice mixed pasture and forest on one side, and a less nice 90 or so acres of forests and hills on the other.
2 years ago
Hi fellow central Oklahoma permies.  This is my first post on Permies.com, and I just found this site a few days ago. I live in southeast central Oklahoma, at the very top of Pontotoc county, just north and west of a small community known as Byng. I grew up in the woods and around livestock and have gardened for as long as I can remember. I've been experimenting with my own versions of sheet mulching, hugelkultur and composting from a very young age, and just recently, in the last couple of years, even found out that permaculture was a thing.  My Dad and Granddad and Great granddad were all unorthodox agriculturalists. We just have funny ideas all the time about how things could be done, cheaper, more naturally and more efficiently. None of us ever liked fertilizers and refused to use pesticides.  My Dad tells me my Great granddad, who was an ag prof. at OSU, oddly enough, had the strangest ideas of all, just some really unorthodox notions.

When I was in my 20s I traveled Asia, and got to see how things are grown in India and China. This made me both more and less afraid of using urine and human feces. I now know how it can be done well and how not to do it (got dysentery twice). I also brought back a bunch of seeds for my favorite Chinese vegetables. For the past three years I have been adapting Yard long beans, bitter melon, winter melon, Shanghai greens, 2 different types of onions and 4 different types of cabbages to the Oklahoma climate with a good amount of success. I've collected a ton of seeds (especially Chinese cabbage seeds) if anyone wants to try.
2 years ago