We simply have too many rocks in our soil. When we harvest potatoes, there are many false alarms on harvest day as perfect potato-shaped rocks are procured from the soil rather than spuds. So when we cleared a new spot to add planting space to our veggie garden this summer, we had a pile of waste as a result — rocks. What to do with the rock pile? I thought about giving them away in our local Buy Nothing group (yes, I’ve seen people post that they want rocks on our neighborhood Buy Nothing group), but then the hoarder in me took over and we chose to make stone pillars instead. It’s quite easy, but there are a few tricks you’ll need to know about to pull this artistic gardenscaping off well.
First, you’ll need chicken wire. Make sure your chicken wire holes are not too wide for the size of your rocks.
1) You’ll need to cut a rectangle of chicken wire out, about 2.5 to 3 feet high (depending on how high you want your pillars to be) by 4 to 5 feet wide. Wrap the wire around, into a cylindrical shape and hook it together with the wire ends you’ve created in your wire-cutting process. Make sure you leave no wire ends poking out anywhere as those could be a hazard for passers-by. You now have a cylinder cage for your rocks.
2) Then, start filling your chicken wire cylinder with rocks! The trick is to place your largest spuds, I mean stones, on the outside of the wire so they block the smaller ones from falling through the mesh. My son and daughter love filling the pillars up with the stones they bring in on their wheelbarrows.
3) Fill until your cylinder is full, brimming with stones to give a pretty fieldstone pillar affect to your favorite spaces.
Now, Make Stone Pillar Planters!
We love our pillars around the pond so much, and found we had plenty more rocks to deal with, so we created 2 more pillars with the added feature of a planter inside. Here’s how:
Fill your stones only 1/3 of the way up your chicken wire cylinder. Then, add a gallon or half gallon plastic or clay pot inside so the pot’s rim is flush with the top of the chicken wire cylinder.
Fill in around the outside edges of the pot with stones and completely cover up the pot from the outside, all the way to the rim of the pillar.
Then, plant your favorite flower in the pot as you would any planter!
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These are beautiful! Rock piles or pillars like this also have a few other benefits, aside from just looking good: they make great habitat for snakes and lizards, which are so beneficial for insect and small rodent control in a garden; they can be placed in a sunny spot to absorb heat during the day and radiate it back out again in the night, thus creating a warmer microclimate for more tender plants; and they can also be used to help collect moisture and deliver it to the soil (perhaps not necessary for you, but maybe for some of your readers in drier environments like me!) – as moisture-holding air passes through and hits the cooler interior rocks, the moisture will condense and then trickle down to the soil.
Yes, I’m one of those people who has asked for rocks in my Buy Nothing group. 🙂
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Thank you, Emilie. That’s such a great insight into the added benefits for other critters.
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So clever! Another project I’ll have to try! I’m in CT, so no shortage of rocks here.
Just using up what’s in abundance! It’s a great way to live, without having to buy new materials. Thanks for reading, Dawn.
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I want to find a buy nothing group in my area. I live in east Texas, lots of acidic pine straw, no rocks! I love your stick garden fence, I will be copying for my own garden.