Moved to a new house and now I need to start from scratch


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I recently moved from Connecticut to Greenville, South Carolina and had to leave my garden behind. My new yard is tiny, but I’m hoping to put in both a small vegetable garden and a bunch of butterfly plants. Unlike my old yard, the ground here is nothing but heavy red clay. I don’t know how to garden in it. My first impulse is to put in raised bed for the vegetables . I don’t know what to do about the perennials that I want for my butterfly garden.

In addition to learning how to plant in Clay, I have moved from a zone six to a zone eight. I’m excited about a longer growing season, but I need to learn about the differences in the climate.

I’m hoping to benefit from the experiences of the people out there and would Like to hear your thoughts and comments.
 
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Clay is not a bad thing. Most of Texas is heavy clay and it grows just about everything. The only thing is that it is fairly hard to work. By adding a lot of compost and organic matter to the clay it will make working it a lot easier.
 
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