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Is it worth rid­ding the soil of stones? Tra­di­tional gar­den­ing holds that you should metic­u­lously re­move stones from ground you want to cul­ti­vate. How im­por­tant this is depends on the crop – and whether you like the look of raked soil or are happy with some­thing more rough and ready.

How fussy plants are about stones tends to de­pend on their nat­u­ral habi­tat: some alpines, for ex­am­ple, live on scree. Most trees are tol­er­ant of stones, while, as a group, shrubs are the tough­est mem­bers of the plant fam­ily. But if you want good

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