Re: [gardeners] Re: You have rocks??

Michael & Bambi Cantrell (
Sun, 6 Dec 1998 00:16:39 -0500

Very, very true Pat!  LOL.  I think I'd rather buy the rock, even if it is
more expensive!

In our area of the country, we have very large areas of naturally white
sand which is really beautiful.  Back in my grandmother's day, they
would get wagon loads of it to put fresh sand on the living room floor,
after they swept out last years sand.  They did this every spring, or more
often if needed.  It kept the splinters and sap off their feet from the

They would routinely rake the living area and sweep the front yard, as they
also kept the yards completely free of anything green.  Just pure white
sand.  It reallly did look nice right after it had been swept.  We children
couldn't wait to get our foot prints in the sand, but were forbidden to
mess it up until necessary.  :-)  The flowers and gardens were not right up
to the house, but were away from it.

They were green and growing, you see, and only white trash had green things
growing in the front yard around the porch.   :-)

Coastal Carolina

>WE buy sand! YOU buy rock! I think it is Mother Nature's way of
>insuring that we all continue to strive. I've watched Catharine
>augur holes for bulbs and plants but when she suggested I try it at
>my digs I was faint with laughter.
>The first time I tried to plant a one gallon size of Texas Mountain
>Laurel, a neighbor heard me cursing and said, "To plant a tree, FIRST
>you gets your dynamite." And added, "But now that you've got your
>septic in, if you blast you'll crack it. Guess you'll just have to
>keep working on that hole with a pick."
>Perseverance, thy name is
>Pat, in the Texas Hill Country (the country of 1100 springs and 1100
>varieties of rock)

> Martha who purchased and loaded and unloaded and placed tons (literally at
> $200.00 per ton) of rock by hand for paths and retaining walls in my
> bottomless sand.
> M Brown
> NW Oklahoma, USA
> USDA Zone 6b,  Sunset Zone 35
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> > From: Carol Wallace <>
> > To:
> > Subject: Re: [gardeners] Big Max, Little Max??
> > Date: Friday, December 04, 1998 11:52 PM
> >
> >
> >
> > Michael & Bambi Cantrell wrote:
> >
> > > Catharine,
> > >
> > > Rocks?  In the soil?  You mean there are places with rocks in the
> > > Like where you would hit them with a shovel or drill?
> > >
> > > My, my...  Some folks really do have it tough...
> >
> > Bambi,
> > You mean a pickax and pry bar aren't part of your regular garden tool
> > assortment? We've built whole walls and paves paths with what I dig up
> each year
> > just trying to plant in the cultivated area. Frost has even heaved large
> > fieldstones into the nice, originally stone-free raised bed area.
> >
> > I can't imagine a garden without rocks. I guess that's why my mattock is
> one of
> > my favorite garden tools.
> > Carol
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