Probably the wrong side of the year to be asking this but I will, when preparing the ground for a vegetable patch what happens if the soil has allot of stones mixed through, do these all have to be sived out?
In the new edition Square Foot Garden, I believe Mel Batholomew is recommending 6" deep planting boxes of GOOD SOIL MIX, so I suppose at least 6" would be a workable answer, though I would tend to recommend 8". Silver lining is that you don't have to worry about good drainage.Seye wrote:So how deep would you say would be suffcient to sive.
stella1751 wrote:I should change my Helpful Gardener name from Stella1751 to Rocks-R-Us for this one. One day I will post a photo of the pile of rocks I have sifted from my Casper soil thus far: it's four feet tall and about six feet wide at the base.
I get rid of all the rocks I see. In my Cheyenne garden, I had coffee cans set out at regular intervals, one every three or four feet, to chuck rocks into whenever I found them. When full, I dumped them into an ongoing rock garden. Wyoming may well have the prettiest rocks in the world!
The bad thing about rocks is, if you live in the north country, they keep coming back each year. The ground heaves and contracts and expands over the winter, shoving more to the surface each spring. (Either that or an evil genie was sprinkling my garden with rocks while I slept.) It's a perpetual battle.
Wow! I got hit in the arm with a rock once while hubby was mowing. No one was ever allowed in the yard again while it was being mowed.tomf wrote:In the area you are planting root plants take the rocks out other wise if they are not big do not care. One issue with rocks is the get in to your rototiller and if you lift it to turn it with out taking the power from the tines it can through rocks at you; I know. When I was tilling up my garden for the fist time I used my tractor and it's 5' tiller and pulled a few rocks but the good one was I pulled up a kids bike. The bike made one hell of a noise so I cut the power to the tiller fast and it droped to the ground.