Trent Alderman

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I’ve got a small tree like that in West Texas zone 8a, and I think it might be a Horse Apple tree.
5 months ago

Chris rain wrote:Central Texas hill country (limestone cliche soil).
Peaches, and to my great surprise... Loquat!  They are thriving in native soil.  I water them. One more than the other, it helps.  I grew then from seeds and planted when 6" tall.  

Now if I could only get my blackberries to fruit!



Chris, what zone are you in, and have your loquats produced fruit? I’ve thought about planting loquat, but I read that their fruit starts to form in the fall and a cold winter could prevent the fruit from finishing. Thanks
5 months ago
West Texas Zone 8a. I’ve had good luck with Texas Persimmon and the Celeste fig variety. I also have a black mission and brown turkey fig, but those usually die back each winter and haven’t put on any fruit so far.
5 months ago
Hi Anna, I’m in West Texas zone 8a, and I started my Back to Eden / permaculture journey back in November. I’ve received 15 loads of wood chips so far from two local arborists. As KC pointed out, the thicker the chip layer, the more rain you’ll need for it to reach the soil. I’ve been experimenting with diverting rainwater from my roof into hand dug “swales”. On the swale berms are where I’ve been planting the bulk of my food forest trees. I’ve also been experimenting with Hügelkultur, and it seems to be working well so far. You’re welcome to check out my YouTube channel where I’ve been documenting my experiences. I hope you find some useful info.

https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCx7MYRIrq82_NJuZ31TXqRA
5 months ago
You might also check out the results from a little experiment I performed with burying cactus pads in the soil for a month. It might give you a better idea on using cactus in your Hügelkultur.

6 months ago
I built a hugel mound with cactus pads as a lower level component earlier this year, and I’ve been really pleased with the results so far. Here’s a link to my build process if you’d like  to check it out:  

6 months ago