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RE: Progress on the garden wall/pea gravel

When I used to work on the Indian Reservation they nicknamed me the
"hummingbird".  I stood out like a sore thumb simply because of the rate of
speed I generally function at!


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net]On
Behalf Of Pamela J. Evans
Sent: Thursday, January 08, 2004 4:49 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Progress on the garden wall/pea gravel

Theresa darlin' - you are going to be in awesome shape when you finally
finish this project!  Wow.

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "Theresa" <tchessie@comcast.net>
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Wed, 7 Jan 2004 20:47:22 -0800

>Ok! Today I started breaking up the sloping sidewalk at the edge of my
>frontyard.  I took out the flagstones that were mortared into place (will
>reuse them), and broke up the next layer (about 2 inches thick) of cement.
>However, there is a 3rd layer, with wire mesh running through it.  Well it
>was starting to rain, and my back was killing me, so that will wait until
>this weekend.  I've got to get a small dumpster to throw away all the
>cement.  I have to toss layer number 2, so that I can get down to the
>layer and break it up witht he jack hammer and finish cutting the wire grid
>where needed.  Thank god for my neighbor across the street, who is carting
>the jackhammer back and forth from work for me.  It was actually way easier
>to use than I expected- and much smaller (he brought me the smallest one).
>Maybe I'll reserve a section toward the top and try a little gravel garden,
>since I now know whay might grow there!
>-----Original Message-----
>From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net]On
>Behalf Of Marge Talt
>Sent: Wednesday, January 07, 2004 2:49 PM
>To: gardenchat@hort.net
>Subject: Re: [CHAT] Progress on the garden wall/pea gravel
>> From: Theresa <tchessie@comcast.net>
>> I personally hate pea gravel- or for that matter pretty much any
>gravel. I
>> recall having to weed the gravel driveway whe I was a kid.  Was
>> senseless, because new weeds/grass sprouted up the next day.
>Aw, Theresa, that just goes to show that plants like gravel:-)  I get
>really tired of weeding our gravel drive; it is a continuous chore,
>but I have found some treasures seeded into it that will not seed
>into the beds where the parent plants are growing.
>Gravel, like boggy spots, can turn into a major plus instead of being
>a major pain if you put the right plants in there.
>One of my favorite garden authors, Pamela Harper, covered a lawn area
>with gravel and grows all sorts of very neat plants in it - it's her
>gravel garden; of course in full sun, which I do not possess.
>My garden guru, Beth Chatto, has part of her garden on naturally
>occurring gravel many feet deep and has created an incredible garden
>of drought resistant plants:
>Her book "The Dry Garden" tells all about it and the plants she grows
>there...she's an excellent author as well as being a fantastic
>Your layers of landscape fabric would be a bit of a problem - or
>could be - because many good drainage lovers are tap rooted so they
>can take advantage of any moisture going.
>Gravel does get hot on the top, but it is cool underneath, which is
>what plants like.
>If you decide to dig up the gravel where it is, don't get rid of it;
>use it to amend clay soil to improve drainage and pick a little sunny
>spot to try a bit of gravel gardening...bet you'll get hooked:-)
>Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
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