Monday, February 14, 2022

"Playing" was the wrong word!

Whew! A whole lot of work got done at Casa de Sparrow yesterday. We started at 9am and hauled six small truckloads of soil to our house. Each load meant driving to the school, shoveling dirt into the bed of the truck, driving home, and shoveling the dirt out of the bed onto a large tarp. Wash, rinse, repeat 6 times. Then we shoveled it all into wheelbarrow loads and carted it over to the raised bed. I can't believe how much dirt it took to fill it.





But now it's done! And it all cost me exactly $0.00! 


We had more than enough dirt left over to pot up the camellia plants Carol gave me. I'll let them grow some and develop good roots while I decide where they'll go in the yard.






I ended up with eight pots of camellia starts. Since I used free dirt and old saved planter pots, again, this didn't cost me a dime. 

It was a long, tiring day, but I'm so pleased with everything we got done! Now that most of the heavy work is done, I can get back to "playing" in the dirt. What we did yesterday definitely wasn't play. 

27 comments:

  1. Whew - I feel exhausted by just looking at the heap of dirt!
    The bed filled with fresh soil looks very neat now, ready to welcome any seed you feel like planting there.
    Well done, you!

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    1. Thanks Meike! I'm very excited about this year's garden!

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  2. Talk about a good deal! I'm betting you're going to be feeling a bit sore, but that's not too terrible a price to pay, is it?

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    1. Only the smallest bit of tightness in my shoulders. I'm really surprised!

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  4. I've had fun before, but I can honestly say that it never happened in close proximity to a wheel barrow.

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  5. Who knew dirt could be such a gift!!! =)

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  6. I bet you are so, so sore today. What a job!

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    1. It was a huge job! I'm shocked that I'm not sore. We've decided we must be in better shape than we thought!

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  7. I can't wait to see what you plant.

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  8. Wow! You two worked your butts off! And now you got to plant that beautiful new raise bed. More “fun.”

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  9. That does look like a lot of work but how satisfying to have it finished, looking great and costing nothing. Yay!

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  10. It looks wonderful, all ready for Spring planting! I hope your backs held up okay after all that hard and heavy work.

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  11. Your camellias look so much better than mine

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  12. Well done. You won't regret the work come August.

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  13. Betting you 'paid' to play today...with some seriously sore muscles. But well done, both of you.

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    1. Do you really mean that Ratty? Somehow your words seem hollow.

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  15. Well, what a relief to have all that work done, at least! I can't wait to see the wonders your raised beds produce later in the season. :)

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  16. I hope that the Barlow backs are still supple and pain-free after all that shovelling! By the way - just as a point of interest - in England we would describe what you have moved from the school as soil and not dirt. Here the word "dirt" has negative connotations. Happy growing season!

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    1. Our backs are just fine--neither of us had any soreness! And "soil" does sound much nicer than "dirt".

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  17. there is nothing so lovely as gardening plans coming together.

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