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John Greenan

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There's a lot of information from your friendly federal government online that's a good starting point. First, I'd find out whether any part (or all) of the land is in a flood zone. If so, flood insurance would be required to borrow any money to build (unless you have a survey done and establish that any structure are not in the flood plain). That will also provide you with a rough idea of the chances of flooding. Second, the USDA has soil maps that cover almost the entire country. That's a free way to get a rough idea of the soils you're dealing with.

After that, most land grant universities will do soil tests at a reasonable cost. Also check whether there are restrictions on wells--this varies by state but it's useful to know. Also check the tax situation and what exemptions are available. That's usually done by the county appraisal district, but states vary.  Finally, make sure you don't have any access problems. In some states easements for access isn't guaranteed and even putting a driveway in may require a permit.
2 months ago
I planted 29 bare-rooted blackberries in Central Texas at the beginning of April. Roughly a third are doing well, a third never leafed out, and a third leafed out and then died back or look about to. FWIW, the ones that are doing better are in the lower spots where more water collects--we water daily, given the weather.

I think they are hardy enough once established, but in this drought year, it seems to me that the blackberries need a lot of water to get established.
3 months ago
I live about 100 miles southwest of Dallas and would love to try planting some hazelnuts if there seems any chance of success. Might you be willing to give an update on how your hazelnuts did over the last year? Thank you very much.
3 months ago