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Re: Easy Street

ECPep@aol.com wrote:
> In a message dated 97-10-14 23:27:19 EDT, Doreen writes:
> << >  little rocks, hauling dirt and building bed walls.  Oh, I know where to
> find
>  > all those rocks to hold down heaving rhizomes now.  So is it just me or is
>  > there an easier way? >>
> I thought I'd make a comment here because I also live in the New England
> (just over the line in N.Y.) paradise of rocks and thin soil.
> What you are doing is probably the fastest and best way allowing for
> occasional diabilities.  What I do is because I am getting older and really
> wish for less physical labor and a glorious result just the same.
> My best way to achieve more planting space is to extend existing beds (do
> away with more lawn).  This can be done with the lawn lover in the family
> hardly noticing what has happened.
> My best method for new beds is to go over existing terrain with a thick layer
> of newspaper and cover the paper with all garden refuse for one entire
> season.  Allow this to winter over adding all leaves you can rake up or
> collect in your neighborhood.  The debris layer can be several feet high as a
> New England winter will reduce it to ground level by spring.  In spring (or
> in previous fall if you have time) draw lines desired for the bed and cut an
> edge to define it.
> Plant right through the accumlated compost removing any rock you encounter.
>  Subterranean rock should be ignored as not existing unless the trowel
> strikes it.
> This undergound rock actually holds water around the plants and if you can
> find space to plant w/o removal, so much the easier.  When through planting
> if you do not like the untidy look of the surface,  mulch all with wood chips
> and a few handfuls of 5-10-5.
> I have made nearly all of my garden this way with the exception of that which
> was prepared with a backhoe. We have some really large rocks!
> Claire Peplowski
> East Nassau, N.Y. - zone 4 - gloomy day

Hi claire--

wish I'd known about this before I did this last bed.  It seems almost
too good to be true that one can create a new bed this way.  Is this
good for TBs?
Rima  terra@catskill.net
upstate ny   zone 4

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