I spend a lot of time dreaming about how I’d like to set up the new farm. I ran across this sketch and fell in love with the idea of planting the orchard on this order.
I’d love to start with Pecan trees, under storied by various fruit trees, then berry bushes and finally comfrey, as it’s fantastic to shade the roots and provide compost to the plantings. Comfrey is an amazing plant with deep tap roots that pulls up minerals to its leaves, which can then be used for compost.
I told Jim I would like to choose one of the pasture areas, clean it up into a rectangular shape, then plant these groupings in say, eight squares. I’d fence off each square to protect them from deer, and then join all the squares with fence or gates, creating wide paths of pasture between the plantings.
In those I’d run chickens, or possibly a pig or two. They could clean up the orchard windfalls and keep the bugs under control.
Jim and I took a bike ride up on the levee yesterday, and we did end up renting a different RV spot, and plan to move the RV over to the new campground on Friday, and leave it there for a month. They may or may not renew Jim’s contract down here, but RV spots are hard to get and we didn’t want to get stuck at this park just in case.