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From the first pages, "Number one rule for clay gardeners! Never work it wet! To understand why not, watch a potter at the wheel. She'll take a lump of wet clay, throw onto the wheel, wet it some more, then wet her hands before she starts turning. As the pot takes shape, she repeatedly spreads water on it. The water helps firm the clay tighter and tighter, alters its density so that, when heated, it will become solid as a rock. I came to this understanding late because the clay in the garden seemed so easy to handle when it was wet.
My first clay garden baked into a brick in the Caroline sun. Even the rudbeckia looked spindly. It has taken me several years to undo the initial damage and loosen up the clay so that it is fertile. Not I've got good soil, earthworms, and healthy plants, but even that doesn't mean I can just plant a few seeds, sit back, and enjoy the benefits of my earlier labor. Keeping clay friable is an ongoing process."
5 1/2" x 8 1/2"