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#1148 Improving clay soil

Posted by Your Letters on 27 February 2013 - 07:36 AM

I have dry, clay soil.  I have a brick patio and then a grassy area with some evergreens behind the grass.  I wanted to make the evergreen bed bigger to include more of the area between the evergreens and the pavers.  The problem is the soil.  I am afraid to add compost to the planting holes for fear of creating a "bath tub" effect.  But the soil is so bad that I think I need to amend it more than just mulching it every year. Or should I just pick out plants for dry clay?  Which seems a little boring...  I realize I should plant small plants, mulch it well, water well etc.  I do need to extend the sprinklers to hit that area better, but that would just make it wet, clay soil.  :). Any advice would be appreciated.

- K.R. -

#967 Flying squirrel stories

Posted by Your Letters on 27 December 2012 - 12:35 PM

(Just reporting holiday fun:) Around Thanksgiving, we were hearing a clatter in our chimney. Four nights in a row we were visited by a flying squirrel! Cute but noisy.  \Each night we would catch him/her in a live trap and release it in the woods. The last night, after releasing it we burned a few crumpled papers in the fireplace. It hasn't been back yet. - P.G. -