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Gardening in America
That  Worrisome Hillside

by Nancy Fletcher


For several years now I've been complaining about the washing hillside all the while I was doing one thing after another to correct the problem.  First of all  we put down a load of top soil which created a smaller hill.  The soil was rich and I  began putting a number of different plants including tomato, sage, some sedum, daisies, a small  Poplar tree and whatever  I could  plant.  I threw out some carrot seeds. When the carrots came up I didn't bother them so they could seed out and drop their seeds.

This spring the carrots came up hardy and ready to grow. For some reason carrots do well in this ground. This tall white flower  is the carrot plant after  it has bloomed.  Some of the canna lily came up so I set some more out. I've thrown out zinnia seeds and they are too small yet to be seen. The marigolds are not tall yet, either. Later in the summer is when they will bloom. The cannas will have to be watered at first but after they get their roots down the heat won't bother them. Their  dark purple folliage will be attractive with the low growing orange marigolds. I have some volunteer hedge coming up and it also does well in this soil. Probably I will put at least one hedge plant at the top of this area which is next to the drive. The sweet smell  of hedge in early summer will greet anyone who drives up the drive way.  All these plants except the zinnia and marigold have tubers or good root systems. Hopefully no one will have to listen to me complain about that  worrisome hillside any more.

Only problem is that on the other side of the drive there is another place beginning to wash, so here we go again. It is only a long shallow cut at the moment so it will be easily corrected.


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