I'm really grateful to all the posts! There is much to think on and I need to do more research so that I'm not working against the natural order. I still have much to learn about permaculture. I'm so intrigued, the more I read and digest. So often, I find myself saying "Of Course!!" It makes sense, once it is explained so that I can understand it. Thank you so much, Alex, for the suggestion of a Yates persimmon. I had despaired that any of the larger persimmons would work in my area. I may just make the Yates part of my plan! I also looked up Elaine Ingham and she is a wealth of soil knowledge! It's a bit more than I can wrap my mind around right now but I'll continue to listen and learn. Thanks, Jeanne, for that suggestion.
I can see my persimmon (which now I'm convinced I'll give another few years, at least) as part of my garden plan. I'm now wondering about the perennials that I can make part of the guild around the tree....that won't just be just fodder for the deer and coons... I have a pile of much that I will make part of the plan as well.
I'm excited about all this now, instead of just frustrated! Thanks to all of you!! Such thoughtful suggestions!