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Gail Dalmat

Lovely point of view. I will try embracing it! Finger Lakes of NY, equals clay with LOTS of rocks. Also going to look for one of those two-pronged hybrid hoes.

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Thank you for helping me embrace my clay soil. I have used a small ax to dig up those deep barberry roots someone planted 20+ years ago. I'm going to talk to my local garden center for some replacements & your helpful suggestions will be on the top of my list!

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Laura T

Switching to native plants was the ultimate gardening 'aha!' moment for me. I have clay and and also periodic flooding in my back due to new build homes behind us who violated their water easement and built in ground pools (don't get me started on suburban materialism). I have been turning almost my entire backyard into a pseudo-rain garden, planting all natives to help with drainage and create habitat. Although I have had some failures, most plants have been thriving. Thank you for this article and for the plant suggestions. Can't wait to try them out.

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