The Q&A Archives: soil

Question: I moved to the southwest border of MO; rocks! rocks! rocks! What can I do? what can I grow?

Answer: Janis,

There are probably more rocks than are practical to remove, but if not over time you can get the larger ones out and slowly improve a spot for growing things. I suggest you turn lemons to lemonaide by creating a landscape of native and adapted plants that add to the beauty of the site as the rocks can be attractive features of the landscape. Creating a rock garden where rocks and plants intermingle is a great option in areas like yours.

You can also bring in soil mixes for raised planting beds where there is more depth for plants to grow. The following web site offers some tips:

These next websites are great resources for general landscaping tips:

Finally here is another site with advice for dealing with rocky soils:,1785,...

Your County Extension Office is a good place to stop in and ask for free information on gardening in your area. They may have some additional suggestions for you.

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