All my life I have heard about digging to China. I have also heard that if you dig deep enough you will hit rock. In Florida, I have grave doubts about taking on a digging project. Florida sits on limestone and I suspect I would dig myself to China before finding any rocks. Still, I have wanted landscaping rocks in my garden for a long time. I became a homeowner on the Southern Rural Route in the spring of 1989. That’s almost 25 years of rock lust.
My good friend, The Grande Poobah, has tried to satisfy my rock lust over the years. During the 90’s, she had a son living down here in our swamps. On two occasions, she squealed to a stop at my gate, rolled a rock out of the back of the van, and peeled off for South Florida. I became the proud owner of two rocks big enough to see. Unfortunately, the son moved north and that was the end of my rock collection.
I wish The Grande Poobah had put her rocks on a diet before offloading them here. For starters, the big one is too heavy for me to lift so there is no possibility of changing my landscape rock design. Also, for the same reason, it has been slowly sinking into the sand that sits on top of the limestone. My smallest rock has sunk into the sand so much I have no fear of tripping over it. I have been known to trip over the big one and fall teeth first into the dirt.
Nevertheless, my rock lust continues and I sometimes mention it. Not because I want anyone to DO anything about it. Mostly, it’s just a wistfulness that slips out. However, being my good friend, The Grande Poobah tries valiantly to temper my rock lust even though she no longer makes it this far south when she ventures from home. Her latest effort involved sending some rock seeds through the U.S. Mail.
As seeds go, they are fairly large ranging in size from a nickel to a dollar coin. To grow Ohio boulders she suggested “Plant rocks just below surface of dirt. Space 20 to 30 feet apart. Water well. No fertilizer needed.” I’ve had a lot of luck planting flower seeds the last few years so I’m going to give these rock seeds a try.