Me Again. Question on Clay.
The soil here (Baton Rouge, La) varies wildly. Where I am, on what was once the banks of a considerable river at some point way in the pre-Columbian past, is very 'clay-y.' I don't have the word. It being a nature made levee, it's natural that it be so. How can I work around that? I mean it holds water like a punchbowl and of course clay isn't great for most plants. I can get around the second problem, it being bad for most plants, bu putting in a lot of quality store bought soil. The drainage problem I can't tackle outside of a massive earth moving project. Any ideas? I'm creating a butterfly and hummingbird garden - are there any plants that fit that category that like/can live in clay and/or tolerate being in a lot of water (it's roots i mean)?
PS Sorry for the barrage of questions I kep asking. No one I know is a gardener and to say that I am a novice gardener would be a massive overstatement of my abilities!