Sooo… last year when I planted things, it all lived pretty well, but never got very tall. I figured a lack of sun, but then they all died, so I asked the local garden nursery. The woman told me that I needed to break up the nasty soil, mix in some other soil, then plant the flowers and water lots. John and I┬árented a garden tiller from the local hardware store today and worked the hell out of it. We have to get some mulch to add to the top to keep the water in the soil, then we can plant the flowers! As a bonus, John managed to actually fit the huge tiller in the back of the cruiser. Sweet!