my husband and I enjoy working and seeing things accomplished, but we found this land to be a bigger challenge in many ways than we expected, just clearing for our large Garden took almost a year of work off and on, as we removed trees, yaupon and then the layer upon layer of roots. But it was worth all the effort! We only had weekend for the first several years while we were still working in Dallas. Then we move out her full time in 2018. We have sugar sand, so at least we were not fighting rocks or clay.Truly amazing that you've created this beautiful garden yourselves.
We have sugar sand too! I was going to ask you what soil you have, I figured it was not black gumbo clay, so that left sand or red dirt. We are in a pocket of sugar sand of maybe several thousand acres, but just down the road is red dirt. The red dirt is what most of the soil is around here. Water the sand, it goes right through and is dry in minutes like it never had water. We have amended the soil with everything we got our grubby hands on. LOL After 6 gardens, it is looking pretty good. Believe me, I know what you are up against. I saw where you joined TEG too, it's a great gardening forum.
Pile leaves in the chicken coop and run, they will enjoy scratching through it and in a couple months time, it will be reduced to a fine black crumble. I've piled leaves 2-3 feet deep in the sheep barn and in no time, the leaves are shredded by their hooves. Pine straw, leaves, they make great animal bedding and the resulting compost-in-place is garden gold. Let your animals do the work for you!
I have had a run with the gophers myself, I found my 22 was the best way to control them, just parked my chair by their homes and waited...take some patience, but it works. I leave the dead one in the hole, it deters new incoming gophers... but also try Mole Maxx, it works great on gophers and moles.. you must water it in the ground though so the smell causes them to relocate. I have some mole that have nibbled on my root veggies and leave me tunnels all over my garden, a few times I have used my shovel to go after them, and once flushed a few out with my water hose. My Aussiedoodle actually killed one a week ago too - she got a huge reward.Question for @Baymule and @Hideaway Pines : how do you keep pocket gophers under control? My dabbling in gardening has been limited to containers on my porch as we have so many gophers (despite my LGDs’ occasional success at killing them) and of course fire ants. I have toyed with starting a true garden, but I’ve been intimidated by the pests. Any wisdom to offer?