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K W-Schornak

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Yellow delicious, gala, granny smith, most/(all?) apples based on Gala.
4 years ago
Multiple potential complications, having grown in Georgia clay:
#1: calcium: As mentioned above, you might have a calcium deficiency of some sort. You have a couple of options: get a good mineral supplement, or grow plants that "mine for calcium" such as dandelion, then using the plants as fertilizer/mulch (calcium isn't available until the plant decomposes).
#2: Soil texture: If it's truly HEAVY clay, you're going to need to shovel in some organic matter to loosen it up and as a result improve the cation-exchange capacity, as mentioned above.
#3: water retention: watermelons don't like too much water, or soil that doesn't drain. If you're having drainage issues, I suggest mixing a bunch of compost in with native soil, build it up into a hill, and plant in that hill, so the water doesn't puddle and weaken the plant to infection.
#4: soil pH: in Georgia, we tend to have acidic soils. If the soil gets too acidic, it can hinder the absorption of calcium. Get your soil pH tested, and add limestone or ashes as needed.
4 years ago
I have a perennial bed of catnip, strawberries, and chives that's doing well.

Green onions or chives grow well with strawberries and mints (though be careful with some types of mint that they don't take over; lemon balm and catnip should be a little less invasive)
4 years ago
Yarrow and Trillium are both beneficial native low-growing flowers that like living in the forest shade. Also, may I suggest raspberries? Maple trees have very pretty leaves in the fall; you could find a species native to your area.
Seeing what you're working with, go for something that likes forest floors.
4 years ago