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The ducks have a new yard, my future tomato and bean garden. 12.22.17
Kathy, Where you find black soil, it probably had farmers working it for centuries. On a family plot in North Idaho we found the homestead of an ancestor and we could pretty much trace it out because of the changes in the soil quality. He grew vegetables for the miners and the loggers of that part of Idaho. He built a huge barn where he kept his draft horses and cattle on the main dirt floor with big barn doors built as his ancestors in Germany built theirs. He built his home on top of the barn, or the 2nd floor. The warmth of the livestock helped them keep warm upstairs and he didn't have to haul so much wood upstairs. On the side of the barn where he stores his hay, they dug a well that still works. on the opposite side of the barn, where the livestock lived, he dug an outhouse. So, both well and toilet were under cover from the weather.
When we drove into the tiny town of Emida, Idaho, we stopped at the tavern to find out where the Middleton farm was located. They gave us exact directions. The barn is somewhat of a showplace for Northern Idaho.
Kathy, I invite you to watch a video of a homesteading family I follow who are on the nationwide tour of permaculture gardens. I think you have the red clays of Georgia, but the principles apply to clay as well as the sand of the video I am sharing.
Increasing Property Value 25% W/ Permaculture Design
Daniel, your spring photos make me feel so good. I think I will be able to recover from my lack of spring color with your beautiful scenes. I will put up a hummingbird feeder.
The sparrows flock to the seed feeders, and I see no blue jays yet. I did see deer tracks around the feeder, yesterday.
Daniel, you are correct about syringa, it grows wild in the forest. I want to bring more into to property around the house. There are no purple ones here. I will keep my eyes open when in town next month. It is still too early here.
I started some daylilies here several years ago for my daughter and they do fine. So does Alchemilla mollis, commonly known as lady's mantle. It propagates easily.
Geranium sylvaticum (wood cranesbill, woodland geranium) spreads nicely and is easily controlled here. It is a pretty magenta color.
Laura doesn't want me to plant any deciduous trees in the clearing because of fire risks.
I'm at that time now, that I was last year when I yearned for spring color. With the deer, rabbits, and other wild animals, we have to fence these specimens and she doesn't like the look of wire, net, or wood fencing. Neither do I, really. I am going to gather Kinnikinnick and other specimens from the forest.
Hostas are sprouting here too. I love them; they're my favorite perennial. Gotta get slug bait on them or they'll be goners.
Since I couldn't find a plum tree locally, I ordered one, plus a pecan and a golgi bush. With shipping (like $28!), the three "trees" cost well over $100 (a birthday present to myself.). And unlike my storebought trees, they come bare root. I usually don't have as much luck with bare root.
I'm hoping both the pecan and plum are self pollinating, although I have a "scrub" plum in my yard and a neighbor 1/4 mile away that has two pecans.
I've had one golgi bush die several years ago, so I was hesitant to try another. If any of these trees ever produce fruit, along with my 10-15 other fruit trees, how in the world am I ever going to eat it all?!!! I guess I can give it to my farm kids to sell.
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