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Dry mix paths and mower strips, why not?

posted by: linnea2 on 07.24.2005 at 03:46 pm in Hypertufa Forum

I've wanted to try this for some time.
I have big piles of stone and small rubble, mixed size pea gravel/river stone
and mason sand, about 4 yards of each.
The "pea gravel" is from 2" to dirt, most in the 1/2" range.

Decided to try the mower strips (garden edging) first, since they're smaller.
If it doesn't work, they should be easy to remove, right?
It's actually turning out rather large since, in my soil, anything you dig
ends up as wide as it's deep, it's bank run gravel, really well drained,
so, about 9x9".

I mixed about 3/2/1 pea gravel/portland/sand. The portland I'm using first is
a bit iffy, but the lumps break up.
I'm filling the trench about 2/3 with rubble and the dry mix,
then placing stones, flattest side up on/into that, then filling in with the mix
and smoothing it out, at the end with a soft brush.
Finally, using a watering wand, I water it down until it won't absorb any more.

If this works (it LOOKS good!), I'm doing all the mower strips and several paths
with this method.

Besides using up all this material that's sitting around, I really like
the technique:
You have any amount of time to go get more stones and to set them;
you can prop them easily to exactly where you want them, regardless of thickness;
no curing starts until you're satisfied;
it stays in place with the simplest of support,
completely inert and adjustable, unlike wet mixes;
There is almost no clean-up and very few tools involved.

I was going to use flashing or plastic edging to reduce the width and
keep the edges "neat", but, looking at it now, it blends into the surroundings
in a way I really like.
I can even slope the top slightly so it's a bit higher towards the flower beds.

Can any of you think of a reason this might not work?
I can't, but who knows?

I live in the Hudson Valley; -every hole you dig is at least half stones
often more. Other places may have a surplus of other materials
that might work for this. You could set just about anything with one flat
surface into a dry mix, as long as it's outdoor and durable.

You could also use sackrete mix instead of my pea gravel mix.

I'll post some pics if anyone's interested.

NOTES:

my project for this coming year!
clipped on: 12.06.2006 at 01:07 pm    last updated on: 12.06.2006 at 01:08 pm

how do I save seeds effectively?

posted by: tomatoesaretops on 06.14.2006 at 08:11 pm in Growing Tomatoes Forum

I'm wondering how to save seeds. In particular, do you scrub them clean? where do you let them dry? how do you store them? How many seeds does one need to have for the next harvest and to give away to a couple friends?

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