For years about all I had growing was daylilies, mostly because our springer spaniel ate everything, even tore the poor daylilies apart. Our soil has a lot of clay, rocks, and oyster shells - we live near an area that was the summer residence of our Abenakis, so there are oyster shells in our soil. It needs a lot of organic material worked in, which I have neglected to do so far this year, so I'll be digging in some nice compost as soon as I'm up to it.
My back doesn't let me dig much, but I bought this great weeder last year that has big prongs that you step on and then twist the whole thing with your arms, so that's pretty much how I've been digging my holes - I poke the weeder into the soil until it's soft enough to dig with a trowel or lightly with my shovel. So far, it's been working. When DH built the deck last summer, I had to dig up a bunch of hostas, lily of the valley, and irises, which I did very slowly with my weeder (and my DS, who helped with the last few batches!), then just made a circle around our nice birch tree. I wasn't sure if they'd survive, but they took off, and they're filling in nicely this year. I'd love to just start from scratch and put in a bunch of nice bushes, but I can't afford it.
Restart : 1/8/13
Restart Wt: 184.4
Round 1: 1/5/09
Beginning Wt: 191.6
Goal #1 Met: 160.0 7/09
Goal #2 Met: 155.0 3/10
Ultimate goal: 150-155 without having to kill myself with exercise or give up chocolate, ice cream, or wine!