Reclaiming Inner City land
by Nebraska Dave
(Omaha, Nebraska, USA)
Terra Nova Gardens
Three years ago through a city Website that listed bits of land for sale, I purchased a sizeable piece of Inner city land at a very reasonable price. These sections of land had been foreclosed upon by the city due to abandonment and now were being sold to new owners.
The first look at the property was scary to say the least. Tall nettle weeds covered much of the land with knotty wild grape vines sprawling over the ground. Sapling wild trees were attempting to grow up through the weed mulch of over 10 years of neglect. The land had literally been forgotten and allowed to return to a wild and untamed habitat.
The first year of reclaiming the land was spent in just clean up. As I began to clean off the weeds and brush, many discarded items were found as the area had been used for a neighborhood dump. Many hours were spent just finding the soil. The top soil on this parcel of land was two feet (.6 meters) deep. Folks in the neighborhood informed me that the land had been a river bed before the corps of engineers changed the path of the river to help eliminate flooding.
The second year (this year) fence construction began. Much wild life lives in the areas around my garden. Wild turkeys, raccoon, ground hogs, squirrels, and deer are few that have been mentioned by the neighborhood people. A popular fence company in the city piles up old wooden fence panels that have been replaced with new near their factory for anyone to reuse for free. Three sides of the fenced in area are completed. Next year may actually produce a harvest for me. My plan is to plant a decoy crop away from my garden area to draw the animals to that area and not challenge my fence too much.
It's a never ending challenge to reclaim this piece of inner city land.
MEG: WHAT A FABULOUS PROJECT DAVE. SOUNDS LIKE YOU COULD USE SOME HELP!