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Project by luv2learn2 posted 03-23-2012 09:26 PM 2793 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our soil is 18 to 20” deep decomposed forest floor, i.e., pine needles, and decomposed pine and fir trees. Under that is gravel, rocks, and boulders left by receding glaciers eons ago.

When we built our home we stripped the top soil down to the gravel so that our the driveways and house pad would have a solid foundation. We then dug three gravel pits on our property so that we could replace the top soil we removed for the driveways and house pad thus raising the elevation for proper drainage. In the process of digging the pits, along with the gravel, we uncovered rocks and small boulders of varying sizes.

After we got our house built we turned to the landscaping. Since we live in a wooded environment we wanted to keep the landscape as close to natural as possible. We thought that the best use of all the rocks and small boulders would be to use them as borders for our raised flower and vegetable beds. The best thing of all, the rocks were free :)

We used pine bark mulch as a weed control and mixed in decomposed horse manure with the soil. We the manure from our next door neighbor. Thank you Ward and Shade ( that isn’t the names of our neighbors, it’s the names of their horses :).

-- If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy ~ Red Green



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hardiness zone 5

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MsDebbieP

14694 posts in 3880 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 03-24-2012 02:49 AM

oh oh oh that is GORGEOUS
what a beautiful job you have done with the flowerbeds and with the resources available to you.
Very impressive!!!
(I thought “Shade” was a strange name for the neighbour. haha)

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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hardiness zone 5a

posted 03-24-2012 05:10 AM

I know of what you speak, when you talk about the forest, and the rock. I live in Rockwood – place of ROCK and WOOD. We live close to the river with a cedar bush running between us and the river, so we get all kinds of cedar leaves and debris thus making the soil somewhat acidic. Of course, we have lots of rock, some small like yours, and others huge boulders. Some of it is limestone, and shade, but there is also lots of gorgeous granite. I recall when they built the house here, they trucked out on a flat bed two HUGE granite rocks, so big that there was no room for more. Someone made a lot of money with those two.

I like what you are doing with your beds. Like yourselves, I also have lined several of my beds with rocks. Why not, it is free and natural.

Well done.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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luv2learn2

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posted 03-24-2012 09:06 AM

Debbie, I took this picture out our front door this morning. I would definitely say that differences in climate affect the way we approach gardening :)

jroot, I don’t know about where you live, but our freeze/thaw cycle keeps pushing rocks out of the ground each spring. So before we mow for the first time we have to go on rock patrol :). It is a gift that keeps on giving :).

-- If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy ~ Red Green

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MsDebbieP

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posted 03-24-2012 01:10 PM

how wonderful that you keep getting more rocks to use in your gardens :D

Our temperatures just dropped from “summer” to “spring” and it is a damp chilly day.
(No working on my pond today)

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Radicalfarmergal

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hardiness zone 5b

posted 03-27-2012 01:19 PM

I like the way you have trimmed your flower and vegetable gardens with rocks. They look lovely both in summer and winter.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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luv2learn2

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posted 03-27-2012 04:18 PM

Radicalfarmergal, thanks for the kind words.

-- If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy ~ Red Green

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Mark

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hardiness zone 7a

posted 04-08-2012 01:11 PM

Truly beautiful -

For me, the natural stone framing is always a winner – I just personally love the look. Plus – you got all those rocks/mini-boulders for free?? And the “fertilizer” too?? Can’t beat any of this on any front!! Very nice… :-)

-- Mark, Jersey Shore, http://www.all-about-the-house.com

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luv2learn2

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hardiness zone 5

posted 04-08-2012 04:59 PM

Mark, thanks for the kind words. The snow is finally gone so we can get out and start cleaning up the yard, flower, and garden beds in preparation for the spring planting season. In our part of the country that is after Mother’s Day.

-- If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy ~ Red Green

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Jodi Scott

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hardiness zone 6a

posted 04-18-2012 05:27 AM

I love these pictures !! I gives me lots of new ideas !!!
Thanks for sharing

-- Jodi Scott, Trenton, Ohio

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Iris43

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hardiness zone 5a

posted 04-20-2012 08:49 AM

Love the look of your rock-lined gardens. Apparently the plants do too. Nice crop!

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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Bon

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hardiness zone 5a

posted 04-21-2012 07:42 AM

Very nice.I love the rock lined garden look.I too have a few gardens done this way.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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