Plants grow better next to a rock
Fignut said this in an earlier post. I, too, have noticed that plants, especially small ones, grow better next to a rock or with roots under a rock. I began noticing when layering shrub stems with soil and setting a rock on top to hold it all down so it wouldn't move and kill tiny new roots. But there was more to it than that because layers with a rock rooted better than layers without a rock even without movement. I attributed this to the rock providing a more stable temperature (perhaps warmer?) and to a more moist environment. More moist because water that moves up through the soil by capillary action is blocked by the rock from moving any higher and evaporating thus keeping the area under a rock constantly moist.
Anybody else have thoughts on this?
BTW I only have about 4 more pages to go to have read all the posts. Except I just found a post giving access to the archived posts. Uh-oh. My husband feels like a fig widower as it is.