When gardening season comes, should I try to remove all the...

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Question: When gardening season comes, should I try to remove all the stones in my garden?

Answer: The really large ones should be dug out and hauled away, or made into a stone wall. If you have flat ones, use them as “stone mulch” around heat-loving crops such as tomatoes, watermelons, and squash. Corns, beans, and squash can live quite among a lot of small stones, but you may want to sow extra seeds to compensate for plants that might get injured coming through rocky soil. Too many small stones can smother otherwise destroy small seedlings such as carrots. Stones can help drainage and speed up the warming process for damp soil, which can contribute to a longer growing season.