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for Carolina Gardener Vol. 28 Issue 2, March 2016
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The State of North Carolina has three broad provinces with different soil characteristics—Blue Ridge, Piedmont, and the Coastal Plain. The Blue Ridge area is predominantly metamorphic rock while the Piedmont and Coastal Plain have a clay and sand mixture. Of these two materials, clay is the most difficult to work with. Despite its ability to hold water, clay’s clingy nature can be damaging to plants. The author recommends adding gypsum or compost to clay and silty soils.
Craig LeHoullier, a Raleigh resident, has worked with heirloom tomatoes over the past four decades. Ordering heirloom varieties through the mail, LeHoullier aims to expand heirloom accessibility through seed companies. He also experiments with several varieties, breeding them for characteristics that make them accessible to a wider range of growers. His work has culminated in two books for tomato growers.
Asheville resident Dana Irwin’s garden was inspired by Jean Fragonard’s painting, The Swing. After purchasing the property in the 1990s, Irwin worked with a local landscaper to grow North Carolina wildflowers. As pathways were placed between the different beds, Irwin wanted to incorporate a swing into the outdoor area. Interested in Fragonard’s work, Irwin hired a local friend to design and build the swing.