Originally Posted by crownvic
Looking for an acre or two in SW Ohio.
You're not going to find "junk" land in So.Oh. You're talking about the most fertile soil in the country, possibly the world. It' a shame Cincinnati is there. That dirt is as black as pitch, and you can damned near sprout a broom handle if you stuck it in the ground.
Try looking around New Richmond, Point Pleasant, Moscow, Neville, Felicity, Laurel. Felicity is as far north as I'd go. Stay in the unglaciated hill country near to the river. If you planning on inhabiting it on a long term... Stay off the flood plane between Route 52 and the river bank. One reason the soil is so fertile there, is due to the Ohio rivers frequent flooding. Stay within 15 miles of route 52. Any further north, the climate changes from sub-tropical to continental.
New Richmond, Point Pleasant, Moscow, Neville, Felicity, Laurel.
Sub-Tropical, almost like Panama in the late spring, summer and early fall.
You can grow Pecans (Native), peaches, red persimmons (Native), okra, Kholrabi, Tobacco and a few other warm climate vegetables and fruit. My Dads neighbor actually has a southern magnolia in his yard. He has to cover it about every fifth or sixth winter, but it's doing well. You have the same growing season as north-central Georgia, Tennessee, etc. There are wild apples, I mean a buttload of red, delicious apple trees EVERYWHERE there. At least ten different nut trees, not counting the oaks, Paw-paws, and lots of cherry trees. Lots of poison ivy too, so be careful if allergic (I am not).
Batavia, Amelia, Withamsville, Bethel, Williamsburg, Hillsboro, Milford.
Continental climate, Really crappy winters, and most of the previously mentioned plants won't grow there. However, the soil in these areas is extremely fertile. You can grow some WICKED corn, tomatoes, potatoes, and bell peppers there.
New Richmond is only 15 miles south of Amelia, but Amelia is up on the flatlands. I remember one year, I lived in Moscow near the river. Batavia, Amelia, Withamsville, Bethel, Williamsburg, were shut down by a blizzard that lasted two days. We had snow, but it wasn't too bad, about a foot, and it was 25 degrees warmer in Moscow than Amelia. Moscow is only 20 miles from Amelia.
This area has some of the weirdest and most unpredictable weather on the planet. It is truly a unique place to live.
Southern Ohio has absolutely some of the LARGEST, most AGGRESSIVE, white tail deer in the country. Game is VERY plentiful, Forage is unbelievably good. It's the garden of Eden for food/medicinal plants. The BEST forage is around Moscow, Clearmontville-Laurel road, Felicity, Neville penn-schoolhouse road, and Laurel. Hunting is good everywhere.
You can probably tell I have spent a CRAPload of time in that area.
Hope this helps!