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Name: Shiv
Buford, GA (Zone 7b)
Mar 29, 2017 5:28 PM CST
Hello all!

I need help with some suggestions on an edible ground cover that will tolerate shade and the clay soil.

We just bought a house in zone 7b, we have a part of the property that is about maybe 30-40 ft from the house and is north facing. The problem is that it's a hill and we have Georgia clay which is causing some erosion due to water run off. The people that lived here before us planted some (to the best of my knowledge) Juniper Blue Rug... maybe. Anyways half of it has died, leaving a large area of unprotected soil.
I thought this wound be the best opportunity to plant some that I liked, and that's also edible!

Thank you,
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Mar 30, 2017 7:42 AM CST
Congrats on a new property!
Juniper blue rug.... Yuck!
Shade and edible are difficult combinations to arrange.

Also.... Your slope might not be as steep as my slope... Or vice versa.

Many slopes can be gardened simply by planting on the contour.

Other slopes need to either be thickly mulched and left alone, or go the Chinese route... They terraced entire mountain ranges....

As far as edible?
Wild blueberries will tolerate some shade...
Spring greens and herbs like parsley will usually tolerate a bit of shade... And maybe you might have some luck with asparagus....

Too bad the previous owner went the kill everything and then plant something useless route.... I always prefer to live with the native plants that are already growing... If God planted something.... Its always best to go slow and try to keep as much of Gods handiwork as I can....

I hope that you will post some pics of the spot... And something that you didn't know.... Those red clay slopes? Best soil in the state!
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Mar 30, 2017 1:43 PM CST
I agree with Stone. Terrace it first. If not with blocks or stones, make parallel furrows with the contour of slope. So furrows will catch rain water, instead of rain water running down slope, gouging out soil. Thats how they dry farm cotton in Texas. Thumbs up
Edible ground cover 😁. I think i have the perfect one for y'all.
New Zeland (hot weather) Spinach. And !!! It is Perrenall !#! Hot or freezing, it dont care !!! Seed a little slow to germinate. Scrach shell on seed, to help it break free. It grows in shade or sun. You pinch 2 to 4 inch tips, wherever stem is tender. Then eat stem and all.
Raw, its kind of green tasting. Cooked ! Yes 😁 good plain, in stir fry, soup, stew, etc. Thumbs up
A bit of spinach flavor, but not. All i know is. ( Hay !!! Mikie likes it ! )

This is mine, background, growin under tree canopy. On left is snow peas. Going crazy right now. Not in shade.
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Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Mar 31, 2017 1:49 AM CST
EDIBLE ground cover? Thyme maybe.

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