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