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Question To sift or not to sift; small stones okay?

Okay, so I just discovered a gold mine of leaf mold in front of the shop. Problem is that at some point, my idiot next door neighbor tossed a bunch of gravel in there while doing yard work for my dad (one of the many reasons he's banned from doing anything else here). Why he didn't realize gravel belongs in the driveway and not the effing yard, I'll never know.

So, I started digging it out yesterday, and there is a bunch of gravel in there, as previously stated. I'm sifting it through 1/2" hardware cloth to get rid of the big rocks and roots, but smaller pieces of gravel are still getting through. Ideally, I'd prefer no stones in my mixes at all, but I'm also thinking it might help with airiness a smidgeon. Any thoughts on this? Leave as is, or get a finer mesh?

You can clearly see the amount of gravel I'm having to contend with, and the small stones left in the mix, but look at the color of this stuff! It's beautiful. So, resift it or not?

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