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Old 07-28-2006, 04:55 PM
 
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Anyone else into gardening? I cultivate orchids but I don't know much about other plants, lot to learn. Wondering which nice plants I can keep outside year round here in NC (Piedmont).
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Old 07-29-2006, 07:24 AM
 
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I'm curious about this one, too. I'm an avid gardener myself since young kid. Having been born and raised in Pittsburgh, lived in Florida for 20 years, and now I'm moving to Raleigh in 2 weeks. I do not know how to grow garden with red clay soil - but it looks like we might have to buy black soil to mix with red soil.

The only way I can figure out is to check out NC Dept of Arg website at www.agr.state.nc.us and search it there.
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Old 07-29-2006, 10:34 AM
 
Location: east of my daughter-north of my son
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One thing that excited me about moving to NC is the ability to be able to grow a wider variety of flowers. Here in south Fl, we are very limited. I found a site called southernliving.com that has a garden section that helps you pick the flowers for an area and has the zone map showing you what you can grow where. I found it through the garden section on AOL but I am sure you can access this website from anywhere. Anyway, in just a cursory check I found a lot of info. Hope this helps.
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Old 07-29-2006, 10:50 AM
 
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From looking the USDA Hardiness Zone Map, it looks like the Piedmont area is Zone 7.

However, your best bet as to which plants will thrive in the temps, soil and water conditions that nature provides, you should go to a local nursery, look around and ask questions. I'm not talking about the plant section at Home Depot or Lowe's, but a real nursery, garden center or greenhouse. Also, if you're walking around your neighborhood and see someone working in their yard, you can always ask them for advice. Most gardeners love to share stories!
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