Garden Soil pH - I didn’t think too much about pH as I prepared my containers last year. I have a good meter, but since I was adding a lot of organic matter to the soil mixes I felt that would buffer any pH’s that were at the margins for most of my plants. Naturally it followed that some things didn’t do as well as I’d hoped.
Choosing fruit trees - US There's a reason I loved flipping through Organic Orcharding before we got our farm --- it's a great book to dream by. Or, if you want to pretend you're being scientific, you can use the excellent charts for variety selection. For example, Logsdon recommends starting your orchard planning by learning which species do well in your climate. The map above hits the highlights.
Grow Your Own Mulberry Tree - A wonderful plant for your garden. A great, fast growing shade tree. And buckets full of wonderful fruit too. Children love them. So do chickens, ducks and goats. A must for your homestead.