Welcome to the forum and hope you find joy-------I have a small bit of land in a small OK town. My place is on the edge of town and there is just prairie, woods, and a OK river that doesn't match up with the PA rivers of my youth. I would call this river a creek (that's crick in 'good' Pennsylvania English). Will Rogers --an OK boy par excellence-- said that rivers in OK are too wet to plow and too thick to drink.
Now that the social bit is done, here is the business. I gardened just about forever. The past few years I went to an easy old man's garden. I gathered local wild edible plants and gradually propagated them on my bit of heaven. My place looks like just weeds and then more weeds, but it is all food and it grows easy and comes back every year on its own, with almost total immunity to bugs and disease. We eat pretty well. The garden plot is surrounded by tall flowers so the neighbors don't have to think I am ruining their property values. I do grow other things too that normal people consider proper for a garden. I have just started using self watering containers that I make from 5 gallon buckets and put assorted wild flowers in the place of my old 'regular' garden. The self watering containers are spread about among the semi-dwarf fruit trees and dwarf hickory nut cultivar that I have. I can get pecans a bunch from any lawn, park, or school yard in town. Owners are happy for me to rake them up. The edge of my land by the road has an African sweet potato cultivar that also just stays on its own. The leaves are edible and prevent the growth of weeds. People like the ivy look. Work free. I have a small section of Oriental vegetables started with seed from a place in California.
I want chickens and maybe two goats. If I can get some of the adjacent property I would like at least one burro. The last would be for fun. Some people around here that, like me, aren't in the deep country keep miniature horses instead of lawn mowers. Sounds great to me.
I have had some small success the past three years setting up some Mason bee homes to ensure pollinators . No honey, but no hive die offs either. And I have been told that they are a good match against the Africanized killer bees that are creeping up from Baja Oklahoma---that's Texas for some people. The Mason bee is the indigenous North American bee. The honey bee was the signal to the original tribes that soon they would be loosing their land to the people who brought that bee from Europe.
Well, that's me, mostly.
I admire and enjoy your endeavor and goal and style. Be happy.
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