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North Carolina area

My BFF moved from CO to NC just west of Shelby.

She didn't do a lot of gardening here, but had a few favorites that don't love it there.  She also now has a house on a couple of acres & would love a vegetable garden. 

She's had a hard time growing anything, and says the soil is basically red clay.  I suggested she take a sample to a local nursery so they can help her figure out what she needs to add to the soil to improve it, and probably make it more friable. 

Any other recommendations?

For those who live in the area, what are some EASY plants to grow there?  I know she's in zone 7 (a?) and most of the yard area would be mostly sunny.

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Re: North Carolina area

  • I live north of her and also deal with clay soil. In order to plant a vegetable garden, I am using raised boxes. I didn't have much luck planting into the clay, even with a top soil/garden soil mix in. My flower beds are also raised and contain a mix of garden soil/top soil. We have yet to get grass to grow well in our clay mess, even with top soil mixed in.

    It can get really hot and dry in NC, so she'll want drought resistant plants. Your friend can go to a garden center that's near her and they'll be able to help her select plants and everything she'd need.


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  • I also recommend raised beds. I had success wih broccoli, peas, carrots, onions. My spinach and zucchini got fried and eaten by bunnies!
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