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I just screened a bunch of soil to fill our new raised hugel beds and now have a pile of rock. What would you do with it? I already have lots of woodchips on our walking paths and like how they work there for said purpose.
 
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Some plants love rocks around their roots.  Sepp grows great strawberries, beets, radishes and more with rocks covering the soil.  I do a rock belt, or small terrace and put my strawberries there.
 
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what would be the pros and cons of a round gravel mulch vs say woodchips or straw?
 
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    I doubt that you have the quantity of rock necessary for this but if you ever end up with tons of screened rock they are excellent for building rubble trench foundations. Not only do they bear weight as well as concrete does they provide unsurpassed drainage for your building.  Those heavy castles in Europe rest on rubble trench.

    In garden situations they can be used to create a French drain.
 
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Funny -- I just watched a bunch of people screen rocks for the purpose of making concrete
Advantage of rock as mulch is the thermal mass for heat storage to moderate flux of temperature between day and night (desert or alpine), and durability.  Some talk about rock piles as dew collectors (cool rocks and warm morning air?)
 
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I am putting what we screen (smaller and flatter rock)on woodland paths in the areas that get wet in the spring and large rock in wooded dips caused when they built the street next to the property that I want to fill to control water coming in off the road
 
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we had to put rocks over the dirt of some potted tomato plants. Darned raccoons kept digging out the tomatoes. This stopped it.
 
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