Last spring I plowed up a field that had been sitting fallow for who knows how long. The neighbors suggest that it was over 30 years ago that a previous owner grew tobacco extensively in the clay soils of this area. I planted diakon radishes, clover, chickory, alfalfa, vetch, and a wildflower mix resulting in radishes the size of my forearm. I plowed that under and planted a crop of winter wheat and Austrian winter peas. Currently this mix is knee height and green green green.
Here is what I am thinking about doing in the near future.
1. Running the lawn mower over this field at the highest setting.
2. Plant a mixture of:
-Canopy - Pawnee Pecan (100ft mh), EH Wilson Mimosa Tree (40ft mh), English Walnut (40ft mh), Southern Giant Pecan (100ft mh), Colby Pecan (100ft mh)
-Low Tree Layer - Hall's Hardy Almond (20ft mature height), Hardired Nectarine (10ft), Tanenasni Oriental Persimmon (20ft mh), Several types of pear dwarf trees, dwarf plumb, golden apricot, Carolina Belle Peach (10ft mh), dwarf peach, elderberry, hazlenut - i already have apple trees in another area
-Shrub layer - Red Raspberry, Primocane red Raspberry, blackberry, o'neal blueberry, jubilee blueberry, gooseberry, goji berry hazlenut
-Herbasceous - comfrey, borage, thyme, oregano, summer svory, feverfew, yarrow, sage, beets, turnips,
-Rhizosphere - potatoes, sweet potatoes, do onions go here? any other suggestions?
-Soil Surfice - Earliglo Strawberry, clover, chickory, vetch, squash,
-Climbers - Concord Grape, Muscadine Grape, Cowart Muscadine Grape, Scarlet Grape, Glenora seedless grape, lakemont seedless grape, reliance seedless grape, climbing rose around gates, beans
and have a few spaces for three sisters
any direction would be much appreciated