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Skill Set


Project Size

250 - 500 sq ft

Project Location


Sun Exposure

Full sun

Year Completed


Time Commitment

21 - 30 hours of labor

Project Cost

less than $500

Other Project Elements

Native or drought-tolerant plants, Raised/tiered beds

Resource Central Programs

Garden In A Box, Grass to Garden

Professional Help


Advice from the Owner

It's all about the soil. Waterwise typically can thrive in our very clay/sandy soil, but I found that augmentation with a mix of potting soil and top soil is key - about 1/3 of that with the clay soil you have. I also fertilize with Dr. Earth organic all purpose fertilizer (you mix it as a tea and let it sit for a day or two, then apply) about every three months. Always fertilize at the base of the plant, don't spray the blooms, as it will harm the pollinators.

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