Day 262, First fog then sun..

This morning started off with some serious fog, again. The weather looked like this would be day three of the crappy weather. That would have ment that I would be indoors painting. Around 10 am the sun came out. Yea, baby!  I did not want to paint today. I am thinking that next weekend will be “get it done and get on with your life” for  this round of painting.  Instead of painting, DS3 and I worked in the garden. He went first to get a hair cut. I don’t know why he does not get  a discount. They use a zero attachment and buzz his head. How long can that take? They don’t even shampoo his head. He likes it short and short hair is a requirement for ROTC.

After he returned from his hair cut, I had removed the weeds from the main vegetable garden. He worked on the side garden while I cleaned up the mess that I made. Then we went to Home Depot and got 800 lbs of top soil. 20 bags x 40 lbs each. We loaded this into my mini van and drove home. At home we drove the van across the front lawn and backed the van up to the garden on the backyard. This is one of the advantages to having a crappy front lawn. You can drive your car on it and not worry.

After unloading the dirt we went back to Home Depot for 400 lbs more of dirt and 400 lbs of cow manure. We repeated the first trip dispersing the bags across the gardens. Then, you guessed it, back to Home Depot. Did you buy your Home Depot stock yet? We rented the biggest rear wheel tiller that they have. We put that in the mini van (who needs a pick up truck) and stopped at Wendy’s for lunch and drove home. I tilled my neighbor’s garden, our main back garden, the side garden and some of the front lawn. Each year I till a portion of the front lawn. Then I seed and water, trying to grow grass.

After I was done tilling the ground we returned the tiller and bought 10 more bags (400 lbs) of dirt, some pansies and headed home. My DW put the pansies in flower boxes on the front porch. The extra dirt went in the side garden where there is a lot of clay. We have only been working this garden for two years and it needs some time (and dirt) to get more productive. During one of our trips my neighbor stopped us to chat. He told my son to go back to college. He figured out that the reason we were working today was because I had a helper for the day.

Dinner was Steak Dianne and corned beef. An odd combination to say the least. My DW does not like corned beef. DS3 and I do. We had mashed potatoes and a cheap Merlot to complete the meal. We watched some college and professional lacrosse on tv. Tomorrow morning , early, we are heading back to Scranton. We should be there in time for Mass. Then we will have lunch with DS2, move DS3 back into his dorm, grab a cup of coffee and head back to New Jersey.

Tonight’s pictures are from today’s garden work. Enjoy!



2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. schroederjf
    Mar 18, 2012 @ 14:07:22

    Is that side garden where your wooded lot was?


    • limeguy50
      Mar 18, 2012 @ 20:21:00

      The side garden is up against the fence where the wooded lot used to be. We have have neighbors for about three years. The property taxes on the lot and the downturn in the economy forced us to sell out. It was great to have the extra space for the kids.


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