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Posted by Newt on May 15, 2003 at 23:07:58:

In Reply to: red clay posted by Liz on May 14, 2003 at 14:58:17:

: I live in the south-zone 7.The house I purchased has no trees-therefore the yard is in 95-100 degree full sun all day.The soil is pure clay.so far I am challanged to find perennials that can survive the long hot summers.The soil shifts between mud or "concrete" what suggestions for this soil??

Hi Liz,

Congratulations on your new home! I too live in the south in Maryland zone 7. The best thing you can do to ammend clay soil is to add compost, lots of compost. Here's some sites you should find helpful.

http://soils.usda.gov/sqi/SoilBiology/soil_biology_primer.htm
http://faq.gardenweb.com/faq/soil/
http://www.soilfoodweb.com/phpweb/
http://www.mastercomposter.com/ref/orgmat1.html
http://csf.colorado.edu/perma/no_till.html
http://muextension.missouri.edu/xplor/agguides/hort/g06220.htm
http://www.lasagnagardening.com/uof/lasagnagardening/
http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/soil/

Hope I didn't overload you, but this should be very helpful.
Newt

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