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Re: New Member Bio [ long ]

> give them some ownership of this new garden so they would remind each other
> not to trample the plants there,  I consulted with them on the placement of
> the rocks. This worked better than I ever could have imagined. Now they want
> to help when I am planting or dividing and our rock garden is actually looking
> like it might someday be completed.
> Now I get to the part where I tell you why I am here.  There is a large maple
> at the bottom of the slope, and another at the top. One end of my 40 foot bank
> is heavily shaded by them. I thought I could fill the slope and bare spots
> under them with plants appropriate for the light level and soil type. After
> years of losing plants there I have finally run into the advice that maples
> are one of the worst trees when it comes to sucking the water out from under
> the plants in the garden. I would cut them down if they weren't 50-60 foot
> beauties. However, My lovely wife had purchased a Hosta lily not long after we
> moved in. I had never heard of them and couldn't believe she spent $11 on a
> plant whose flowers were irrelevent. But it grew on me. They also survived
> under the maples, almost as well as the Vinca Major.  Eventually we saw more
> Hostas and learned of their variety. We knew that if they weren't so expensive
> we could fill our shady slope with them. A local friend has given me
> catalogues like Shady Oaks and White Gardens and I now see and appreciate the
> wide variety and beauty available in Hostas. We also learned that Hostas from
> seed are not the most sought after ones. Nevertheles, I bought a pack of mixed
> Hosta seed from Chiltern and have them on the 70F degree mat on damp paper
> towel in petri dishes waiting for germination.[and bagged] I am open to advice
> on what to do next.
> My three year old Francis William has not grown appreciably even though I
> fertilize it twice a year [time release]. My clay is heavy and wherever I
> amend with rotted leaf mulch, peat, or , this soil gets washed away in the
> next hard rain. I am forever re-setting some of my stones and may have to
> 'pave' some areas to keep the rocks steady enought to walk on. I wonder if
> anyone else out there is fighting sweet gum or maple roots, and maintaning a
> heavy clay slope and how they cope. I also want to know how to treat my little
> hostalings when they sprout. I have a timed light in my basement and prefer to
> plant into a soil called Bacto[dark]. So far it looks like I came to a good
> place for this. I am also saving my money to drive a few hours to go to the
> Sunshine Nursery near Yates Center Kansas as rumor has it their Hostas are
> large and inexpensive. I don't dare open the expensive catalogues as I have a
> lot more desire than money.
> Tim Chavez
> Wichita Kansas z 6

maybe you could stack the rock to form terraced beds. The foundation rocks should sit well in the clay.  Your
soil amending should hold much better having some level ground.

Ray W z5
Mentor, Ohio

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