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RE: Mardi- was-soil types and pH

Oh NO!!!!!!!!!

Mardi, I suggest you start working out right now! This is exactly what
we did 5 years ago... I am still fighting clay and finally getting
shade! Plant trees! Then plant more trees! You will find out you have
muscles in places you didn't think could hurt before you are done. Buy
yourself a hot tub, cause you are going to need it!... I will NEVER do
this again!

Ok, I feel better now, but truly, the heat of the sun, the relentless
clay, everything takes forever to establish. I really never felt that it
would be any big deal before moving here... but you are in for a big
change. Sun gardening and shade gardening are totally different. Not
only in the plant selections, but in the maintenance of the gardens. Sun
gardening takes a lot more out of you... seriously!


> >it (camilla) provides much needed color in the winter!!
> Color in winter???  What a concept, Pam!  We have to rely on the red
> of woody shrubs for our color.  That, and leaving the plumes on the
> ornamental grasses - absolutely beautiful with snowflakes or frost on
> in the cold sunlight in the mornings.
> As to my soil - it is wonderful!  Good Iowa black dirt loam, not too
> and no clay.  A bit acidic because of the 100 year old pines trees
> the house. That's where I live now.  When we eventually move about 40
> miles
> south I will go from a shade gardener to building house/gardens in the
> middle of a six acre (corn this year) field with a small waterway
> through it on the way to a big lake at the bottom of the property.
> soil has a lot of clay in it.  There will be a tiller in my future.
> lots of raised beds.
> I enjoyed the Bridgewood website, too, Marge.  Yet another bookmark
> this amazing group.
> Mardi
> Iowa z4b moving to 5!

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