26 February 2009

Stone Farming Under Trees to Have Spring Daffodils

Yesterday was a treat for gardeners who had the time to be outside working and playing.

It was one of those late-February spring teasers: 80 degrees, no wind and lots of sun. Two nights of 26-degrees are coming this weekend according to the weather people. Back to late February reality.

In our neighborhood, two other families were outside enjoying the weather and making new gardens.



Several years ago a friend gave me a 3-ring binder 1950s Better Homes and Gardens gardening book. It had a picture of a back yard daffodil bed that resembled this photo.

I liked the look but wondered where they got the stones.

We lived in Northern California at the time and basically we could stick a plant in the ground and it would grow.

Of course, in northeast Oklahoma, every time we dig a hole to put a plant in place, we are actually stone farming.

We remove and stack the stones on the side of the slope so we can plant under the trees.

Gardening here solved two previous mysteries:
1) Why line beds with stacks of stones and 2) Where do you get all those stones?

Answers:
1) To hold the soil when you live on a hill and 2) They come out of the ground when you live on a hill in the Ozark Plateau.

A person can learn a lot by gardening.

2 comments:

Wayne Stratz said...

here you dig in the ground and find stones, but also find out why there is clay pottery.

Molly Day said...

Ha! Good one, Wayne. Making pottery as you garden?

Have I mentioned that the Boral Brick plant is about a mile down the road from us?

Most of the stuff under the ground does not compare to what garden books say about soil. Most of us have dirt, stones and clay.