Andy Youngblood

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SW Arkansas Zone 7b
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I'm in SW Arkansas zone 7b.  Continually adding, but here are most of the things we currently have in the forest garden.  Some are young and have not fruited yet, but I believe all will.
Fig (a few varieties. all die back to the root each winter unprotected), peach, european and asian pears, plum, apple, crabapple, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, gooseberries, elderberries, gojiberries, aronia berries, paw paw, hayhaw, muscadines, mulberry, apricot, nectarine, goumi, jujube, hazelnut, chestnut, black walnut, pecan
2 weeks ago
Hello from Arkansas!
Anyone have honeyberry and/or autumn olive cuttings?
Are there lists of scions, cuttings, or plants available that are posted or will be posted?
Thanks,
1 month ago
Been a few days since I've been able to sit down in front of the computer and check email.  
Thank y'all for all the information.  Much appreciated!  I feel confident that we can find a solution, or at least something to help minimize the effects.
Interesting you mention migraines Joylynn.  Her headaches have seemed to increase lately as well.  One of which she called a migraine.
1 month ago
Thanks Lucrecia I'll let her know.  BTW we have been married 27 years!
1 month ago
About 6 months ago my wife (47 years old) started experiencing hot flashes.  To the point now that they are waking her 4-6 times per night.  Is there a natural cure/help for them?
Thanks,
1 month ago
Thanks for the input guys!
The measure I am looking for is the width of the alley.  Will be using a blade and/or one-way plow behind a tractor to create the berm.  (Would love to use a dozer, but this is what I have)
Actually am not looking to create and harvest tree hay, but am looking for species that can be coppiced or pollarded or just browsed by the animals.  Animals I am speaking of would be sheep and cattle.  Steve Gabriel in NY is doing work with black locust, mulberry, willow, and poplar in such a manner.  
4 months ago
Hey folks got a couple of questions:  1.  Can I get too wide in my spacing between berms and swales?  Looking at 104".  That distance will allow me to easily calculate grazing acres and would accomodate any equipment, but is that to wide to allow me to effectively manage my water?  Not sure of exact slope, but land is rolling hills.  Hope to establish berms and swales this fall/winter and plant native grasses late winter/early spring.  Will eventually be silvopasture with trees along the berms and swales.
2.  Tree fodder?  Anyone doing it either by 1. letting the ruminant animal harvest, or 2. harvesting and feeding to the animal, and if so, what species are you using?  I am in SW Arkansas zone 7b.
Thanks,
Andy
4 months ago
We also have had several large cedars that had to be removed.  I intend to take them to a local sawyer to be sawed into lumber.  Some of which I intend to build bee boxes with.

I have a decent stand of annual ryegrass on this property, but was told that I would need to terminate it before it seeded as it would provide to much competition for the native grasses.  Has that not been your experience?

Been looking at different ways to increase soil life.  Thanks for the thoughts on the mushroom slurry and compost tea
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We practice High Density Grazing with our cattle try to simulate the massive buffalo herds that used to roam much of the American landscape.  Electric fence is used to keep them bunched as we don't have a lot of wolves about.  Cattle are moved from 1 to 3 times per day depending on the time of year and vegetation cover, and our rest periods range from 60 to 90 days.  Learning that rest periods are key, and are starting to see the "old seed bank" express itself with things that weren't there a few years ago, and I didn't plant them.  You're right in saying the animals will do most of the work if we just provide them the opportunity.  Pretty exciting stuff!

What are your thoughts on how to minimize competition on the native grasses from other plants?  Have quite a lot of thistle, blackberry, woolly croton, and hardwood regrowth.  Will be more manageable when I can move cattle in and through, but as I understand I need to defer grazing until they establish.

Andy
9 months ago
Redhawk,
Any info you can give on establishing native grass pastures would be appreciated.
9 months ago
Thanks for the heads up Tobias!

Yeah Redhawk I suppose depending on summer rains I might even have a little longer, but was shooting to have planting done by April 15 just to be safe.  I didn't mention, but the property is 155 acres, and approximately 90 of that is what  I am currently working with.  Still have lots of rocks to pick up, and earthworks have not even begun.  I work on it after my "have to dos" are done.  So much rain lately, which I am grateful for, that it's been difficult getting it dry enough between rains to work.
Wasn't sure when the next planting time would be.  Thanks for that info!  
9 months ago