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Millthumpian- I was amused last fall, to have inherited a rather large, neglected dry Japanese rock garden from the 1980s and was dismayed at how the gravel bed edges had blurred, even with the underlying black plastic sheet. Moss, branches, pine needles, acorns and weed overgrowth is everywhere. However, after reading and digesting some of the history, I started re-separating the pebbles by size: an undemanding process only requiring patience. I have since added the occasional leaf blower blast and rakings of the twigs and bits. As the gravel edges re-emerge, it is also guiding me to see the next step while not allowing me to jump hastily ahead to add additional plantings.

I marvel that the meditative and deliberate process of tidying and tending is so universally restorative.

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Millthumpian - most communities have a municipal recycling program - ours has free drop off days several times a year - or maybe find a neighbor who is into organic gardening and bless them with the organic matter.

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jack muly

this is so cool i love i wish i found this sooner :)


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