Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Can we get back to gardening now?

Posted Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at 3:47 PM
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  • The rock is a curiosity I dug up a few months ago and will probably be incorporated into my rework of the goldfish pond, IF I have enough energy and strength to pull it off.

    It is about 3.5 feet long, 2 feet wide and weighs in the range of 400+- pounds.

    I am guessing the holes are formed by roots that lived, died and rotted away. When I rework the upper "stream" of the bio-filter I am going to try to pass the water through it as a waterfall.

    Right next to it will be MY headstone.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Mar 23, 2016, at 3:45 PM
  • My daffodils are still going strong! It turned out that those forecasted lows in the 20s didn't.

    -- Posted by Tyger on Thu, Mar 24, 2016, at 8:46 AM
  • I always expect them to be off on the low side and am pleased when it does not happen. Glad to hear it did not get you.

    Most of our daffodils have just run their course. My biggest concern on cold snap now are the figs.

    I finished what I hope will be all the tilling for this season yesterday. If all goes well, I won't have to till again for several years.

    Got a little rain this morning but really want/need some more to break up soil particles and wash the cow poop further in, although the tilling did a lot of it. :-)

    After a good rain I will cover them all with straw and chill for a month or more.

    Still have to decide if I am going to do an bale gardening this year. Last year was OK but not outstanding and I had to water a LOT.

    May do more tire gardens and have four barrel gardens I should be putting to better use.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Mar 24, 2016, at 11:07 AM
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    If you don't stop eating a little food and a lot of distributing hay and cow poop for lunch, you may not get your waterfall done in time for your headstone. Just kidding Steve, but that is one way of reading it.

    Are you sure you measured that rock right? If it is 3 feet long and 2 feet wide, it would be wider than what it looks like in the photo, unless we are looking at the depth which looks to be about 12-14 inches.

    Or the photo was enlarged but not proportionately. Or I am just making a big deal out of nothing.

    Well, Really, It's not nothing, its a big 400+pounds rock with holes in it!

    Now that brings up another question. If it weighs over 400 pounds and it has holes in it, Just what is that rock made of? Have you ran any radioactivity tests on it yet? It may be the meteor that destroyed all Dinosaur life ten million years ago?

    Okay, fun's over, back to your gardening now!

    -- Posted by sui on Thu, Mar 24, 2016, at 8:35 PM
  • You have a good eye sui. I must have been influenced by the weight or thought it was a fish I caught. ;-)

    I went out tonight and measured that puppy. I think the weight is still pretty accurate but the length is 35" by 14" deep and 8" thick.

    I would really like to know what type of rock it is and that might tell me more about what made the holes. The darker line shows what was in the ground and what was above and I am not sure why I never noticed it before.

    If the holes were smoother or straighter, I would have thought man made out of some type of concrete, but nothing is smooth or straight. I am combining two pictures to show front and back. Or back and front or top and bottom since I really don't know how it was in the soil originally.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Mar 24, 2016, at 10:09 PM
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    You got me stumped Steve. If you were to make that out of concrete it looks to be somewhere between 3 to 4 40lb bags of concrete. 4-40lb bags of concrete would weight around 160 lbs, so it couldn't be concrete if it weighs 400+ lbs.

    I can see roots growing around the rock but not through a rock as solid as it appears to be and the rock couldn't grow around roots. That just doesn't happen.

    I don't know that much about Crayfish, Crawfish, Mudbugs and Crawdads, but we had them in our yard a few years ago. I don't see any anymore. I could go out and drop a rock in the holes in the yard and it sounded like a cavern under ground with water in it. That means these things can cut into the underground boulders or the boulders have holes in them for these animals to travel through.

    I am just hoping one day my front yard doesn't become a sink hole like they have in Florida.

    At the time, I never thought about it, but I could have had a plumber bring his cable with the camera on it and drop it down in the holes to see just how big those caverns are under ground in my front yard.

    Whoa, did I just present another unsolvable mystery?

    Nah! I was officially informed by a blogger and commenters that I am just a Megalomaniac!

    -- Posted by sui on Fri, Mar 25, 2016, at 3:48 AM
  • I don't think it was rock when the roots were alive. I suspect it was soil or mud of some sort.

    Of course, that is assuming it was roots. Not sure it was crawdads (maybe on steroids) but it could have been a burrowing creature of some sort.

    Is there a rock specialist in the area? I could send a piece of the rock, take measurements and more detailed pictures, 'cause I really would like to know.

    I saw where the megalomaniac label was assigned to you sui. Personally, I appreciate more information about that area. I don't want to get into tiff here, so I'll leave it at that.

    Did I mention that our youngest dog had her own version of an Easter egg hunt this week? She decided to "find" the firewood I buried under a couple of garden beds. Always good to rework what i just finished. :-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Mar 25, 2016, at 10:46 AM
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    Looks like you may have found a free laborer to till your garden. Now if she will just stop huh?

    -- Posted by sui on Fri, Mar 25, 2016, at 12:18 PM
  • Not sure what part of her mixed breed is a digger (dalmation/?) but she has holes dug in some of the tougher areas of the yard. This garden bed is the first one for her.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Mar 25, 2016, at 12:37 PM
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