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What permaculture thing would you guys do if you had a couple of boulders just sitting around? I'm talking rock the size that you might just be able to move if you've got an iron spit, a couple of smart yet strong people.

I came up with windbreak and shelter/sun trap. Now I am all out of ideas (it's been a really draining month and a half) and I was hoping that you intelligent folks could get the creative process started again.
 
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If they're in a good spot, and too big to easily move, just leave them there.
Dig a pond around them. How many people have a pond with an island?
They would make a nice center piece, plus help regulate the temps in hot/cold weather. Micro environment.

 
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Large rocks are the masters of microclimate manipulation. Giving either heat or cold depending on how you design the system. They can direct water to key spots increasing penetration of water. This is helpful for fruit trees. No weeds will grow on a boulder that is not flat or depressed. They make good mulch protecting the soil from the sun and protecting sub soil moisture from evaporation. That and many many more useful things, simple observation will give you an almost unlimited source of ideas.
 
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John Polk wrote:Dig a pond around them. How many people have a pond with an island?



I love this idea!

According to the place, type of rock and other parameters, if you have the opportunity to have a stone sculptor at home... take the opportunity!

(here I know a sprouting dolphin, it has been sculpted in a pine trunk... still alive)
 
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I like your pond idea, John! In my location, it would require some moving (the boulders are currently sitting in the courtyard as they were pulled out of the wall of my house when previous owners opened up doorways), but it's a cool idea and gets you thinking.

In less permie related ideas, I keep telling my husband we should just make our own stone circle. He just wants to roll the biggest one up to the road and paint it with the name of the farmstead.
 
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Build a goat pen around them! Goats love boulders and with a big rock in their pen you won't ever need to trim hooves.
 
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I second the goat idea, they love rocks. Painting the name of the homestead on one is also a good idea! Boulders also make great natural seats when placed around the garden or yard.
 
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