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Planting in Rocky Soil

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Planting in Rocky Soil

BananaBirkLarsen | Jul 14, 2012 03:16 PM

I used to garden with my parents, but haven't since I was a kid. I recently moved into a house with a little garden area and am working on getting it ready to plant. It looks like the average frost date here (Santa Fe, NM) is November 1st, so I should still have time to do a few veggies before things get too cold. The majority of the yard is made up of that red, sandy soil that seems to be everywhere in New Mexico. The garden area, however, has darker, richer soil that leads me to believe that it has indeed been used as a garden in the past.

I dug the whole thing up about 3/4 foot down, turning the soil and loosening it up. I plan on filling it out with a bunch of compost. Everything's looking more or less as I remember from when I was little, except that the back half of the garden is positively filled with rocks. I pulled out the big, shovel-stopping ones when I was digging up the garden, and a number of small rocks and large pebbles, but the soil is still filled with smaller rocks. Not so many that they prevent me from digging or pushing the soil around, but quite a few nonetheless. I'm wondering if this is going to cause any problems when it comes to planting and growing. I'm planning on making a screen to filter my compost and could probably shovel out and screen all of the soil as well. It would be a major PITA, however, and I don't want to go to the trouble if the rocks aren't going to make much of a difference. Anyone have any experience dealing with rocky soil (or any other tips -- it's been a long time since I've worked in a garden).

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