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Zack Williams

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Journeyman gardener and future homesteader. Honing the skills now, in a VERY urban setting, that I plan to use eventually WAAAAAY out in the middle of nowhere. I believe that food is freedom: if you can't provide the former you'll be deprived the latter.
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Thanks for all the replies, everyone  I'll definitely put the information to good use!

Brad's group, Watershed Management Group, has certification courses that they offer and, after the suggestions that have come out in this thread, I think I'll definitely need to take that course when I can

What do you guys think about trying to start a ground cover of Buffalo Grass, White Clover and Sheep Fescue?
2 years ago

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 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!

2 years ago
Thanks for the speedy feedback everyone!

Duane: thanks for the channel suggestion! I've never seen them before, but I'll be sure to give then a watch and see if they want to meet up.

Joseph: that's sort of what I had in mind, but I was hoping the survival rate would be better :/ What size is the area of the cactus garden in the photo you attached?

Tyler: I'm gonna try attaching a photo to this post, so hopefully that'll work
2 years ago
Hi all! This is my first post, but I've been studying permaculture for about three years now and have been gardening for about two. Now that that's out of the way, here's my situation...

I currently live in Phoenix, AZ, but my land (20 acres) is several hours away near Concho, AZ. Long story short: I bought the land sight-unseen on eBay, and didn't really understand at the time what I was getting myself into. The good news? The land is in a climate that received more annual precipitation than my current residence, and it can grow more of the conventional varieties that I'm accustomed to. The bad news? Well...

-no road at all (nearest dirt track is about a mile away)
-no well (obviously)
-in what SHOULD be pinyon/juniper woodlands, only the junipers remain (locals said it's Japanese bark beetles, but I'm not certain)

Lastly, and I'm not sure if this is good or bad, the land sits in what I would probably improperly call a "floodplain", but struggle to define any other way. What I mean is: it's in the path of a VERY dry river bed, and I don't know if this bed occasionally floods our not. I think this might be good, because maybe I can tap trap and collect the water? But I think it might also be bad, because it might wash my house away :/ it's worth noting that some of the land is elevated and not directly in the path of the dry river.

SO! At last, we arrive at my question: how BEST to turn my little chunk of high desert into an Arizona Eden?

I already own a large stash of native seeds that I bought from, and I have some solar panels and several hundred feet of in-line drip irrigation tubing (I had planned on devising an automatic watering system that would catch/store rainwater and dispense it slowly when available). I've thought about making seed pellets and trying that approach?

I guess, right now, the main barriers for me are:

-being so far away from the land
-not having direct access (at this point in time)
-Nihilism (haha, kidding...not kidding. Just kidding!! Kinda....)

Thoughts/suggestions?? Thanks!!
2 years ago