Leila Rich wrote:Here's a curly one: does sand count as stones? If so, I've got millions of them
Nicole Castle wrote:I'd be crazier about rocks if I had fewer of them. I'm pretty sure I have more rock than dirt. Not nice big useful rocks either, but gravel to softball sized and all soft limestone.
Judith Browning wrote:That is beautiful (even in black and white on my kindle). Was it that smooth when you found it? One of my favorite memories growing up was breaking open geodes to find crystal formations inside.
Tyler Ludens wrote:How large does a stone construction need to be, and how constructed, to moderate winter temperatures? I'm thinking of some kind of sun trap thingy on the north end of a small pond, and would love to be able to keep the winter low above freezing in that locale for growing some citrus and/or possibly a hardy avocado. Our winter temps get down to around 15 F. The area is backed to the north by a shed and a 2500 gallon rain tank. Any ideas would be appreciated.
Judith Browning wrote:I am curious about limestone rocks/gravel in the garden..does it raise PH? Are you able to grow lavender? The most beautiful plants I've seen were in an area with a lot of limestone boulders. And goldenseal? Our friend near a river with limestone has an understory of goldenseal where we,with more acidic soil, have poison ivy.
We have never used a tiller..just shovels, prybar, sometimes a pick and potato fork...lots of bent tines...then when most rocks are out a broadfork to avoid compaction. I have found if I mulch a new area heavily for awhile it is easier to harvest rocks...the soil is a little looser.
Gardening with rocks adds a whole other dimension to the process, doesn't it?