Tyler Ludens wrote:If you add another short fence inside the existing fence, about four feet away from it, you can exclude deer. I have two short fences, one about 5 feet tall, the other about 4 feet, and they keep the deer out completely. You can plant your thicket between the fences, where it will be protected during establishment, then later the inside fence could be moved to another location.
For Florida gardeners (and other gardeners in warm/hot climates) I think David the Good is a tremendous resource:
S Bengi wrote:Growing your own mulch is growing 10ft corn every 60days and then chop drying them and then adding that as mulch even better would be to 'half-burn it' to make biochar. That much corm will make alot of mulch. you can probaly do 5sets per year. In no time your soil could have 20% carbon with that bio-char.
1inch mulch over your site will disappear super quick so you might not be able to hold enough water+mineral+soil life to make it self-sustaining enough. That is why making it around 7inches thick sounds supper.
I like partially sunken hugelculture because it buries the carbon deeper in the soil, and if you don't have enough water during the dry season, the root can access that stored water. But it it also above soil level so during the wet season the roots have have dry feet
S Bengi wrote:Biochar works well for tropical/sandy soils.
That said I would concentrate the 'mulch' vs spreading it too thin.
Partially Sunken hugelculture sounds wonderful.
But more than anything else I like the idea of planting alot of super tall corn and sunflower plants, to grow your own mulch.
Mart Hale wrote:I just moved to Summerfield Florida about 6 years ago on 1/2 acre now 1 acre of land.
I suggest the following ->
David the Good, a good friend of mine has written books about doing permaculture in Florida along the line of survival.
I also am a lazy gardener and I have been in search of plants that take the least amount of energy to give me the most results.
So far the best plants for me are:
Figs, persimmon, white yams, moringa, cassava, I have found to grow with little effort. Now the next thing to do is to take these and feed animals with them or sell them for advantage.
I have been working on propagating foodder tree crops that I can use to either feed livestock or worms.