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21/04/2013 at 13:36

We are currently sorting our our garden ready to put in a new border and lay lawn. It is currently full of stones, all the soil, borders etc are full of them. Do I need to get rid of them all?

21/04/2013 at 13:55

No, please don't, or you will have a good hard set of concrete like soil you cannot do anything with!!  Do remove the largest from the top, (and keep them for drainage at the bottom of any pots you might devide to use)  and then ignore - even if you did remove the ones you can see, there is an everlasting fountain of stones in the middle of the earth theat sends them up all the time - or, more likely, worms, and all sorts of other beasties with whom we share our gardens.   You do need some stones for drainage, and provided they are not so large that the mower will not go over them when you lawn has rooted, then ignore all but the largest.   If you want to grow carrots or other root veggies you would like to have straight roots rather than winding around a stone, use deep containers, these you can keep stone free.

If yu take a drive through certain parts of the Fenlands you will see that nearly all fields there (and probably other parts too, but these are the ones I know), have a good crop of stones, and produce much of the food we use locally.  

21/04/2013 at 13:58

Thank goodness lol! I was dreading it lol I will leave them be Thanks  Bookertoo

21/04/2013 at 14:10

We have a saying here about rich people (loosly translated) "He's stone rich"! And I can tell you, in that case in our garden, I'm a millionaire!

21/04/2013 at 14:15
SwissSue wrote (see)

We have a saying here about rich people (loosly translated) "He's stone rich"! And I can tell you, in that case in our garden, I'm a millionaire!

So am I Sue!!

The problem I have is when trying to poke in a support - even a single cane invariably stops dead at a stone & I have to keep prodding until it goes in.

21/04/2013 at 14:25

I do so sympathise HJ, I was trying to shove sticks into the ground for future supports yesterday, think I need a tiny dynamite charge on each one!!  

21/04/2013 at 14:34
Bookertoo wrote (see)

I do so sympathise HJ, I was trying to shove sticks into the ground for future supports yesterday, think I need a tiny dynamite charge on each one!!  

We're a new build & to be fair hardly any builders' mess, but they did riddle part of the site of natural stones, but it took so long with such a huge quantity to get rid of that they stopped.

Fortunately a cousin's husband with trailer "knows a man with a hole" & when I've dug out a new bed he'll take them away.

Don't worry about our drainage - there's plenty more still in the ground!!

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