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gary reif
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Hi

I have an 3/4 acre area of my 10 acre property that is lower so it is very wet in spring for about 4-6 weeks but drys out in summer. It is clay type soil and fairly flat. What type of trees/ bushes/ plants would survive in conditions like this. We live in zone 5a (on edge of zone 5/4) but in realality we do get -25 to -40 degrees in winter at time (I hate winter!!!). South of Green Bay WI.

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Justin Deri
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I'd think willows would do well. You can use willows for:
- fuel
- baskets
- floral arrangements
- natural form of aspirin
- willow water for rooting
- and a deer hedge

 
gary reif
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Thanks, unforetunity I already have a ton of willow.
 
Justin Deri
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Maybe a cranberry? I have no knowledge or experience with those though.
 
Dillon Nichols
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What about adding a pond? Clay as a starting point sounds promising. Removed material could be used to raise other parts above the water table.
 
gary reif
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I wonder how elderberry and hazlenut would fair?
 
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How dry is it in the summer? If it's moist soil instead of swamp, I would think Elderberry would be worth a shot. If it's dry, hard, cracked clay, seems dubious.
 
Dave Dahlsrud
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You could use the area for growing rice. Ben Faulk is growing rice in small patties on the hillsides of his homestead in VT.
 
gary reif
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Hi Dillon

Yes it sometimes does get the dry cracked clay look depending on rain amounts
 
elle sagenev
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gary reif wrote:Hi Dillon

Yes it sometimes does get the dry cracked clay look depending on rain amounts


You just described my entire property. I find persistence has me growing most anything I want! Witch Hazel is lovely though. That smell, the fall color, the hardiness. Give it a try!
 
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I guess where I would go with this is down... dig a hole in the driest time and see how far down the water is! I'd think you could make something amazing out of this area by adding ponds and berms.
 
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