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Planning a forest garden, part 2

Current conditions

The next step is to create a base map showing the current conditions at the site.  The area I'll be working with is bounded by the driveway on the south, the barn on the north, and a major thoroughfare on the west.  Young fruit trees and grapevines are surrounded by clay soil which ponds during rains.  A three year old brush pile is slowly rotting down, but is still a major feature of the landscape.  The site is mostly sunny, though the hill on the south side shades it on winter mornings.  We don't get any wind to speak of back here in our holler.  Read more....

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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