Flat Rocks

Last year, TLW bought a load of broken granite rocks. We installed most of them ourselves but a dozen or so required a guy with a bucket to move them around. Today, I moved the last two into place. They had been parked by the patio and were always in the way of the mowers. The first one was painful. The clay was wet underneath the rock and the wheel of my cart sunk up to the axle. I had to jack it up and place plywood underneath. In the process, the rock rolled off the cart… We dragged the cart across the patio with the lawn tractor and then tumbled the rock into place on some landscaping gravel. Of course, TLW wanted the flat side up and closer to the patio… We managed with a few breaks and a lot of sweat.

The second one was more routine. We did have to jack up the cart again but it rolled very nicely onto the patio. Getting it off was tricky, however. The tractor was too big to fit in that corner of the patio with the cart behind so we had to disconnect, move the cart by hand and then back it up onto the gravel with the tractor. Asked whether the rock would avoid hitting the house, I confidently replied, “Sure!” and went ahead. The damned thing came within an inch of the stucco… Time for another break, a long one. We’ll tweak the positioning another time.

Well, with both rocks planted and out of the way and the heat of the day upon us, I looked for other chores. I ordered some seed for cereals: millet, wheat, oats, and barley. I’ll have some postage-stamp plots next year and a real harvest the following year. I did harvest some volunteer wheat in the yard a couple of years ago but I can’t find them, so I’ll buy them. Then the garden/orchard will be full. There just isn’t any more room and TLW won’t allow expansion. The last row of trees in the garden will be at the lowest spot and of wild plums. They are tough enough to be the outer layer of windbreak in winter and they tolerate a wide range of soil and a bit of wetness.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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4 Responses to Flat Rocks

  1. dougman wrote, “Hydraulics?”

    What do you think drives a 3-point hitch? That thing is strong but I’d hate to see it with 1500 pounds hanging on it. That pole cost ~$250. The hydraulics on the tractor probably cost several $thousands. My hoisting frame cost a few dollars and the chain and chain hoist perhaps $60, a different order of magnitude. I would add a bit more stiffening to my frame but I soon would not be able to lift it by hand and TLW is not very helpful.

  2. dougman says:


    Heh, a boom pole is a long piece of tubing that connects to the CAT hitch on the tractor. Consequently, a decent tractor could do all those things and more.

  3. dougman wrote, “this is why you invest money into a decent tractor and get yourself a boom pole.”

    So I could move rocks more easily once or twice in my lifetime just to please TLW? Nope. That’s a poor investment. The stuff I built myself and bought is much more generally useful like hoisting our deer in the garage in the fall, or pulling posts in the yard. Don’t need an hydraulic system to do what a $30 chain hoist will do.

  4. dougman says:

    See, this is why you invest money into a decent tractor and get yourself a boom pole.

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