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What to do with an abundance of rocks

June 26th, 2008

Everywhere we dig in our gardens reveal rocks by the dozens.

I used to cast them aside and there are still many piles along the edges of the woods to attest to this. About 4 years ago, we decided to start using the rocks for walls to contain our gardens.

We have a severely sloped front hillside out by the road and we have used mountains of rocks to terrace it. It’s such hard work, we only finished a third of it the first year.

This year we started working on the right side of the front hillside, this is what it looked like in April when we started.

This is it’s current state, we still have a lot of work to do, but it looks better than it did last summer!

We also have used rock walls to edge our driveway.

Now finding a rock while digging is like finding a treasure, and we are constantly using the piles along the edges of the woods that were made during our first 2 summers here. We now have rock walls all around the property and rocks edge almost every flower bed we have. Plants always look so lovely cascading over a wall of rocks.

7 Comments to “What to do with an abundance of rocks”
  1. Mom on June 26, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    You’re doing a good job over there making good use of all of those rocks that you have on your property.

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  5. judy on May 11, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Thanks for the wonderful display of your progress with rock finding and placing into a landscape. We have a huge abundance of granite of all sizes around here. It is a conscious effort to build these and one reaps the reward of enjoying the beauty. The storms we have had break off chunks of granite on the side of the road (and in the roads!) You inspired me today to keep working on this

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  6. Amy on June 8, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Beautiful rock walls! We have tons of rocks, too, but ours are smallish and very round, more like little river rocks…not very stackable. We’ve done nothing with them yet, although they could make for a nice dry creek bed, especially if we uncover some larger ones for emphasis.
    .-= Amy´s last blog ..Meanwhile, back at the ranch… =-.

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  7. kyle on November 18, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    That looks awesome good job

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