Meet Pablo, my new plant 🌱
Hi Permaculture! I am new to this, and am wondering if anybody can offer me insight into how to do this, pitfalls I should be aware of, and plants to consider.
My situation: I recently moved to a poorly maintained property in a high wildfire risk zone in California. Lots of piles of brush, semi-rotted pine logs, and dead but still standing tan oak trees mixed in among redwoods and oaks. Most of the land is not forested – was probably cleared about 50 years ago, but has a lot of more recent brush piles and logs across it. We are not eligible for controlled burns, but I’d really like to reduce our wildfire risk. I’d guess we’ve got the equivalent of 20 large trees (30+ feet tall) in dry brush piles. Largest logs are ~30 inches across, but most are 10-20 and are varieties not good for firewood. Bonus: super flammable stuff like pine!
Can I move these logs and brush piles into big hugelkultur beds and plant them as a way of disposing of them?
The area I’m considering is about 2 acres in a flat-ish pasture with about 5 trees that has very poor soil, massive mole/ground squirrel infestations, as well as yellow jackets starting to use these holes as nests. This area is very dry, as there are no trees to catch condensation to water the land. This is reasonably farmable land though, and I’d like to find some relatively sustainable ways to plant/use it that can also earn a bit of income. I have in my head that this would be a great area for lavender and bees at some point.
Other questions I’d love help with:
What do I need to consider for getting water to this area, at least initially? Daily/weekly waterings?
And if hugelkultur beds are possible, should I be angling/curving them to catch additional water off the slopes above? Are there ideal layouts to limit erosion?
Do I need to consider larger plants/trees to make this work?
Seeds, plants, or a mixture of the two?
Any suggestions for plants I should be considering? I’m looking at drought-resistant plants that are not super tempting to deer.
Any practical suggestions/advice on how to tackle a project of this magnitude?
What time of year would I want to start a project like this? I’m thinking maybe building the beds in the winter/rainy season, since there will be some moisture as I’m building. Is that ridiculous? (We almost never get snow here.)
Are there any better ways to deal with the dead brush/logs that I should be considering?submitted by /u/wsedf