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I've returned to the mountains of NC after many years and I'm immersing myself in gardening. I just completed building a house in the middle of the woods and I want my yard to be only a slightly more cultivated version of the acres of woods around me. Unfortunately I have fill dirt near the house so that is my first concern. I've already found so much great information on your website. I look forward to many hours of fun reading and application of what I learn! Glad I found you!
@jeanhumphrey1 I'm glad to see you here on the forum. I'm just a ways down the road in Knoxville, Tennessee, and I also have a tiny cabin in Qualla, a hop, skip and a jump from Cherokee, N.C.
I don't garden there, just here, but I sure enjoy the natural spaces and the wild mushrooms, not to mention Barber's Orchard in Sylva.
I hope we can all enjoy the transformation of your space together. I know that fill dirt might be intimidating you, but hang tough! It can be mastered.
@rosekennedy Thanks for the words of encouragement. We're excited and realistic at the same time. I love a project!
Hello All, I hope I found the correct location to start my first post. We retired to a small parcel in a hilly, almost mountainous area overlooking a river. Not having been a huge flower gardener I am now looking to create an area with flowers, grasses and shrubs that is not mowed. (except maybe a path) This on a slope with partial shade and not great soil (clay). There is a steep bank full of day lilies and Rose of Sharon - awesome. but plenty of vines & weeds also. Should we cut everything back? These are not our only challenges but will leave it at that and hope to learn & share info with other forum members.
Zone 6b. Shenandoah County, VA
Hello Dorothy Hinz and welcome to the forum!
I love the thought of your foothills landscape, and bet that mountain air is cool in the summer (well, most of it.) I live just down the road a piece, in East Tennessee, and can tell you it's very fun to grow flowers in the Appalachians.
I'll look forward to hearing from you as you make progress. For right now, though, I would discourage you from doing a wholesale cutting back. Instead, even though you're not going for the manicured look, I would make a big push to pull up some of those vines and weeds to give the daylilies and Rose of Sharon more room to grow.
Maybe next time it rains and the ground is pliable? If you're tracking the same as our weather here, your dirt probably isn't frozen, but if it is, this weeding can wait.
Also, even though you're doing a naturalized planting, you may want to amend the soil a bit. How about letting us all know what you're working with or aiming at in one of the more specific categories, and we'll all enjoy your progress?
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USDA Growing Zone 7a - Knoxville, Tennessee
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