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This entry: 08 August 2014 by Ross Barbour

Rocks

I have a limited amount of natural rock available to me and a fairly large area to landscape. Its no Chatsworth and that scale of Rock Garden doesn’t do anything for me but being an old nursery there is a sizeable pile of waste concrete lying around from various projects.

 

Concrete in the Rock Garden? Why not. Some large blocks and lots of thin slabs. I think I can use the slabs for a crevice and edge a raised bed with the broken blocks.

 

Okay, so inspired by Malcolm McGregor and a talk I heard him give on sand beds I have decided to try this and also take it one step further and make a gravel bed too. When I built the Crevice garden at Ragley Hall I made some scree beds to separate the ten different Crevice's, these Scree beds were dug out to at least 25cm and more in some parts and then back filled with 40mm Forest of Dean gravel. Its very hard to dig out planting holes in deep gravel but I was quite excited as to what I might be able to grow in such extreme conditions but unfortunately I have not been able to see the outcome so I endeavour to try again.

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