Re: [gardeners] Rocks

George Shirley (
Thu, 21 May 1998 12:08:48

At 01:00 PM 5/21/98 +0000, you wrote:
>Liz wrote:
>> Gee, Pat, I thought those rocks were set in caliche, AKA God's
>> Cement.  Does your NGP give the lucky owners-to-be the loan of a
>> pick axe after giving instructions on rock ownership or do you
>> recommend a "Bring your own jackhammer" approach? 
>The satellite that croaked seems to have taken Ma's ISP out; she hasn't 
>gotten (or been able to post) mail in 3 days. So, I'll try and 'splain 
>about the German Pic the people in Fredericksburg use to pry out the 
>rocks. It's about 8 feet long; about broom handle in diameter. Has a 
>pointed end. The idea is that you wedge the point under a bit of rock 
>protruding from the ground and then start levering it at whatever angle 
>you think might work. I think Father's been able to get out rocks as big 
>as 5 feet in diameter with the blasted thing.

Well, now we know something useful you can do with all that traipsing back
and forth to Tejas. Haul a load of pine straw from here to your folks place
then a load of rock from Ma and Pa Vinson's place, drop it off here, next
time you go to Texas keep that in mind. <VBG>

>Catharine, who hopes that you guys can 'entice' Mother to tell you about 
>the rock wall(s) she has "let" Father build for the last 8 years.....
>> For those who would rather not dig your own rock, prefering to 
>> just load it into your vehicle, please drop by my place in Idaho.  
>> The former owners of our Casa de Dilapedos, discontented with mere 
>> clay, chose to add an "ornamental" collection of largish rocks to the 
>> landscaping.  In fact, the landscaping consists of river rock with 
>> largish rocks strategically placed in a pattern completely opposed to 
>> those found in Japanese rock gardens -- i.e. Redneck Rock.  (These 
>> people also put a magenta, long shag carpet over a beautiful hardwood 
>> floor in the master bedroom.) 
>ps - Liz; maybe they used them their rocks for alters....goes with magenta 
>shag carpet in the house, after all.
I'll trade the sky blue carpet in the dining and art studio areas for the
magenta, at least it would hide dirt tracked out of the garden better. How
about brown shag in the family room and commercial kinda army green thin
stuff in the bedrooms and the hallway? We're building a nest egg for new
floor coverings although I'm leaning toward stripping the floors down to
the concrete and doing a faux marble with concrete dye. Maybe I can get
enough of that Texas limestone I can make a stone floor.

George, eating lunch and taking a break from harvesting "stuff", darn it's
quiet around here.