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Recent posts by J.C. Chandler

Thanks so much for the great input.

Going crazy putting in arbors on the east/wast and south sides of the house. Only the east deck offers the challenge of asking one plant to reach for the starts. Looking forward to the food and the great shade.

Enjoy,
4 years ago
Kiwi, funny that,had slipped my mind. Will give that a go.

Thought about wisteria, but want some food. Thanks for the input. Thought about Kiwi a few years ago when the local ag extension agent mentioned how kiwis are good here as long as we get enough chill hours. Do they loose their leaves?

Thanks
4 years ago
I would like to grow passion fruit or grapes on my second floor arbor over a east facing deck. Inland San Diego County zone 9, north facing slope with good air drainage. The challenge is getting the vine to travel 20'. I would like for it to eventually be leaf free for the bottom 10'. The deck in question that I would like to cover is 20' x 8'. Looking forward to screening out the summer heat, not as concerned with letting in winter sun, though that would be a plus.
Many thanks,
4 years ago
Thanks for chiming in Tony. To be clear, I gave no intent to plant trees in the trench. They are staggered on each side of it in a basin with the crown high and dry. Only a nectarine is planted now. I will let the pile mature a bit before planting more. Some on your list I have and others I intend to acquire like the mulberry. I look forward to further reviewing your list.
7 years ago
My Hugle project.

Its about 3" deep in some places. As deep as I could effectively get before hitting a hardlayer of I believe sandstone. Lots of granite here, so geologically, sandstone makes sense.

Soon cover with manure and chips. Palmfronds and then a compost pile the full leangth hopefully. Ill kick it off with some of JPI's preparations. Fruit trees in next spring after the compost is harvested. Ill keep you posted on how it works out in 92082.

7 years ago
I should add that the inclinometer on my android gave me roughly a 20 deg slope figure. Sure seems mo-steep than that.

Thanks,
Jon
7 years ago
After reading about the WOFATI concepts, I got excited. I am on a North Facing slope and thought this might be tailored perfectly for my property of 5+ acres.

Its a big Coast Live Oak in the pic. Would like to build 2 200 sqft earth shelters separated by 300ish sqft of courtyard. Complemented nicely by the teracing etc up hill from the "village". This location is about 300' out the backside of the home to the east. Right now almost the whole thing could fit under the oaks canopy.

Assuming the oak has a big tap root and grading could be done without destroying the tree, this would be a great place to have guest quarters and a homeschool classroom etc.

Location Valley Center California (unincorporated San Diego County)

Under the tree


Up the hill due south


Down and north
7 years ago
Live in SoCal and thinking of a bamboo (Black) border on the western part of my property. Its down slope and do not want to water out there. 

Was thinking a buried huglebed (2-3 ft down) that rose above grade by about 2' may provide enough of a berm to easily containg the bamboo.  Any rhizomes shooting off would be seen out the side of the bed and whacked with a hoe. 

What are any thoughts of bamboo growing in a huglebed?

I would like to have this bed be about 4oo' long.  I have plenty of wood dead oak limbs and manzanita to fill it. 

Thanks,
       
7 years ago
Truth be told I just bought the property and have not seen it in the winter.  That being said, I suspect there are a frw frosts out there. 

Jon
7 years ago
Yeah, just my luck.  Gardening in SoCal.  Can;t wait to report efficacy in hugletrenches very soon. 
8 years ago