Joseph Lofthouse wrote:Zack: My cactus bed is about 55 feet long and six feet wide.
Gorgeous site! I like that grove of trees that's just under the arrow on the attached photo. Seems like a place with more water than the rest. I'd be dumping some of the dead tree trees into the ravine there, and perhaps some of those wonderful rocks. I don't see any saguaro though. Boo hoo. I love those things!
Unfortunately those only grow in the lower elevations
They sure are amazing though! Truly a national treasure.
Thanks! I'm glad you feel (as I feel) that it's got potential
Should I try making the ravine into a hugelkultur? I too thought of trying to take advantage of that ravine and I thought about trying to (eventually) make a pond or something there. What do you think about the automatic solar watering system to establish fruit/nut trees? Is that something I should just wait on until I'm living there? I don't plan on moving to the land until about 10 years from now (long story), but I'd like to kinda have it up and running once the time comes.
Is that just a pipe dream?
Also, I entertain the idea of building a sort of "castle" out of the rocks, haha
Something kinda like what Jim Bishop https://youtube.com/0sbBeTS_Ox4
has done in Colorado, but less "artistic" and with less ranting (probably)
I took an earthbag construction course though and was definitely impressed with even the small structure we built!