Wow, that photo is amazing. You’re starting out with pure wilderness! What kind of critters live out there? Do you have to make a road to get in to your land? That’s exciting.

Thank you for the hugelkultur link. I hadn’t ever heard of that. My land has masses of down trees and branches all over the place; I think I’m going to experiment with making some of those big raised beds. It’ll save me a little money on hiring a tractor.

Rain water from a metal roof sounds like a great idea for you, as well. I use rain off my roof for fire-fighting water barrels, but otherwise don’t use it. Someday I will. Right now I’ll be doing good if I just clean the tree junk out of all my gutters.