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    Hi what are people's opinions on stones on beds? I am making my veg beds now and they are full of stones. I have been getting rid of the big ones but not sure if I need to get rid of them all? Might be there all week!

    I know people have strong opinions on stones so need to know what to do as am total beginner! I rememebr my mum and grandad when I was little removing every stone, but is it really necessary? Surely some are good for drainage?


    While I am here, worms are good right? My beds are full of them.

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    Worms are great!!!!
    I get rid of my stones as far as possible, don't get too stressed about it though.
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    Personally I would just try to remove the biggest, and press on at least for the first year

    How much effort you put in in the long run partly depends on what you want to grow - root veg (carrots, beetroot etc) will be potentially be affected more.

    If you want to remove sones easily it is worth constructing a simple sieve from old timber and chicken wire. Construct a wood frame about two foot square - ideally it will fit over your wheelbarrow so it rests on the sides and you can 'shuffle' it to seive the soil. Bend a piece of chicken wire of the chosen gauge across the bottom and fix with staples. It is also worth tacking a protective thin piece of wood around the bottom edge, otherwise the chicken wire will wear through quickly on the top of the wheel barrow.

    Once you have this, simply position you wheelbarrow next to your bed, fill with 3 or 4 shovel loads, and sieve away. It is hard work but if you do a couple of barrows on each bed before you sow in the spring, it can make all the difference and is faster than picking them out. The only downside is you will probably have to import some more topsoil as you will remove a signficant volume of stones and your soil level will drop.

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    Personally I can't stand them! You should have no problem removing the bigger ones but it's up to you with the smaller ones, just make sure your soil's not stony where you want to grow root vegetables like your carrots, parnips, radish etc with the fork shaped syndrome . BTW you can buy a green plastic garden sieve from DIY or GC quite cheaply.
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    i've done the same with chicken wire but it's 4' by 2' and held up by two pallets , it's used for general ground clearance .
    i dig a hole in what ever area i want to clear and it's normally about 4' square and a foot deep and rig the seive over the hole and then put the soil through it seperating soil from stones and roots that i throw into separate buckets for stones and weeds then put stones on the paths and weeds get dumped on a pile.
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    Just remember that under every stone there will be moisture!
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    I've seen really good crops of spuds grown on very stony soil on the wolds here. I would cetainly hoik out the big ones but try for a year and see what grows well. Carrots may not but all the above ground stuff, courgettes, cabbages, beans, peas etc should be fin. And as I say, spuds will likey just shove them out of the way.

    Worms are a sign of fertile soil. Treasure them!
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    i'd clear as many stones out of where you want to grow roots and just clear bigger ones out for stuff growing upwaards then clear again as you prepare your beds in future years
    it takes a few years to get everything as youd like it to be but thats part of the fun (i think)
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