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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jul 13, 2011 8:33 PM CST

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Hi Faye. It looks like whatever you are doing is working well. I do a lot of raised beds, mainly for my sempervivum, as we have heavy/hard clay here also. For my perennial beds I have added a lot of compost to the native clay soil and that seems to work well for me. I do have a few no ID semps growing in the clay soil with lots of fine bark and chicken grit so they don't sit on the wet soil and rot.
I love the way you use broken clay pot pieces and the semps seem to love it.
Name: Laura Hettenhausen
Highland, IL
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Laura
Aug 11, 2011 8:12 AM CST
My eyes are crossing from reading!! LOL

I do have a question about the clay pot pieces, do you crush them and work them into the dirt? I could not see close enough or heck, maybe I missed it totally! LOL

Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Aug 11, 2011 10:05 AM CST

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Good morning Laura, I believe they are used like piece of garden architecture for the plants to grow around. You can get really creative with it.
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Henderson, NC (Zone 7a)
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dahtzu
Aug 30, 2011 1:03 PM CST
I use broken clay pots after the pots accidentally get broken. The prettiest ones I have were placed on the ground with the Hens & Chicks still in them when they broke.
This was planted when it broke, I just placed this part on the ground without disturbing the planting.
This was done last year. These are this years pictures.
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Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Aug 30, 2011 3:02 PM CST

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That is actually very pretty Faye!
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Aug 30, 2011 3:42 PM CST

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I love it Faye. It has such an artistic look. : )
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dahtzu
Aug 30, 2011 7:19 PM CST
Sticking tongue out My best plantings are accidents. Rolling my eyes.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Aug 30, 2011 10:53 PM CST

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I was looking at mine today while weeding. Some have very pretty colors and water markings right now.
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Aug 31, 2011 2:00 AM CST

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I noticed mine are starting to get some fall color too now.
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