Hey Nikki! I liked hearing about your projects and seeing the pictures. I really liked that wooden arch. I think a lot of those annual plants are winter hardy in your zone,
I'm near the SC border in NC (union county) in Zone 7b,
You know, I totally understand not being able to do certain things because of similar limitations. I really felt like you were saying that it takes more than what one or two people can handle. Have you ever thought about www.workaway.com or wwoof USA?
You can host other permaculture enthusiasts who will work for you.
I have an affinity for community living and see a lot of benefits... in that it is the epitome of permaculture. I think it's the answer to all societies ills ( of course, I'm an idealist)
But if I could... I'd come down there and help you 😊💕
"Better is a dinner of bitter herbs where love is
Than a feast of stalled ox with strife and hatred"